Will Oracle Support DB2
for Fusion?"> It will be much more significant to see whether Oracle eventually decides to extend the IBM support to the Fusion products due by 2008. The smart money says that Oracle wont include DB2 support in Fusion and not just because of parochial competitive issues. There are technology issues that are more difficult to overcome, noted James Holincheck, a research vice president with Gartner Inc.
This is because much of the application logic for the eBusiness Suite in embedded in the Oracle database, he said. This means it wont be an easy task to rewrite the applications so they do not rely on the embedded application logic and thereby work more easily with either Oracle or DB2.
Its possible that the acquisition of Siebel will change the situation, Holincheck said. Oracle has changed its position somewhat by "by saying that Siebel is really going to be the starting point for where theyre going in CRM applications," he said.
Its possible that if eBusiness Suitewith reliance on application logic embedded in the Oracle databaseisnt the foundation for Project Fusion, then it might be easier to give customers the choice of running the applications on either Oracle or DB2, said Holincheck.
Its probably unlikely that this will happen, but there is still a chance, he said.
Ellison himself would only say that Oracle hasnt decided whether Fusion will support third-party databases. It will talk further with customers to find out whether DB2 support is an essential feature for them before making a decision, he said.
That Oracle is even willing to consider the question is a significant change from the previous steadfast Oracle everywhere policy.
This newfound flexibility became essential when Oracle decided that it was going to rapidly grow through one of the most aggressive acquisition campaigns in software industry history.
Read more here about Oracles Lifetime Support Policy.
At this point, Oracle must exceed in audacity and cost the rapid-fire acquisition pace that Computer Associates set in the 1980s and 1990s.
But it remains to be seen whether Oracles conciliatory stance means PeopleSoft, J.D Edwards and Siebel customers will be able to use their applications for as long as they want without feeling pressure from Oracles sales force to upgrade to the Fusion applications.
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Gartners view is that Project Fusion will not support DB2 if Oracle proceeds as originally planned with its eBusiness Suite as the technological foundation for the application suite, Holincheck said.