: Oracle9i Database Release 2 Enterprise Edition"> Executive Summary: Oracle9i Database Release 2 Enterprise Edition
Oracle takes on a new identity in this releaseas a native XML databaseproviding significantly more capabilities for organizations storing or manipulating XML-based data. Incremental improvements have also been added in the way of data warehousing, administration, fault tolerance and OLAP. Overall, Oracle9i Database Enterprise Edition continues to lead the database market in terms of sheer functionality.
Oracle continues to be the most expensive database on the market by a significant margin: Enterprise Edition costs $40,000 per CPU, or $800 per named user, and Standard Edition (which is significantly less feature-rich than Enterprise Edition) costs $15,000 per CPU, or $300 per named user. The XML database features are included in both editions, making Standard Edition less costly than most XML databases on the market (where outlandish pricing is the norm). (+) Native storage of XML data and an XML document repository accessible through a number of common protocols; provides easier ways to restore deleted data using SQL undo extensions; failover database can also be used to process queries, allowing existing hardware to get more use; adds data warehousing improvements; compression of repeated values will speed report generation. (-) Lacks support for XML Query; high cost; lacks built-in support for importing, exporting or querying data in other databases; OLAP and data warehousing APIs are still quite new and have little support outside of Oracle. EVALUATION SHORT LIST
IBMs DB2 Microsofts SQL Server Sybases Adaptive Server Enterprise Software AGs Tamino XML Server Ipedos Ipedo XML Database www.oracle.com/ip/deploy/database/oracle9i
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