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By Peter Coffee  |  Posted 2006-09-04 Print this article Print

Evaluation Shortlist

Oracles Oracle 10g

A database server platform that is easy to deploy and operate, as well as innovative in handling standards-based multimedia (


Self-regulating tools aid both basic and expert administrators; critical applications benefit from well-designed, automated failover and recovery (

Microsofts SQL Server

Taking the lead in superior integration of development technology with database foundations, SQL Server has also grown more complex to manage (

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Peter Coffee is Director of Platform Research at, where he serves as a liaison with the developer community to define the opportunity and clarify developersÔÇÖ technical requirements on the companyÔÇÖs evolving Apex Platform. Peter previously spent 18 years with eWEEK (formerly PC Week), the national news magazine of enterprise technology practice, where he reviewed software development tools and methods and wrote regular columns on emerging technologies and professional community issues.Before he began writing full-time in 1989, Peter spent eleven years in technical and management positions at Exxon and The Aerospace Corporation, including management of the latter companyÔÇÖs first desktop computing planning team and applied research in applications of artificial intelligence techniques. He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Pepperdine University, he has held teaching appointments in computer science, business analytics and information systems management at Pepperdine, UCLA, and Chapman College.

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