Oracle declared a price war on Microsoft when it cut the price of its entry-level database to match that of SQL Server earlier this month. Since then, thereve been compelling reasons put forth by Microsoft (I know: how surprising—not!) and AMR Research to point out all the good reasons why SQL Server fans would rather fight than switch to Oracle Database 10g Standard Edition One.
The reasons run thus: First, in spite of the fact that Standard Edition is now priced at $4,995 per processor, just like the good old proletariat SQL Server, and in spite of the fact that you can now get double the amount of processors for that money, you still only get two processors, compared with SQL Servers max of four CPUs for its entry-level database.
Next reason: SMB businesses—those to whom this price-cutting maneuver is aimed—dont purchase databases. They purchase software solutions. Whoever sells them that software solution pretty much decides which database it will run on.
Therefore, its really VARs, ISVs and resellers who call the shots when it comes time to choose whether theyre working with SQL Server or Oracle. There are undoubtedly plenty of VARs who love working with Oracle—Oracle claims there are loads and loads of them, at any rate—but the truth of the matter is that Microsoft is seen as being the king of the hill in this space.