Oracle Offers Hosted Database

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2002-03-31
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. – Oracle Corp. is taking the skills it learned hosting its enterprise applications in the ASP and applying them to a broader base of potential customers – anyone who uses the Oracle database.

The company this week will introduce a new service to manage companies Oracle namesake database and application server in a hosted setting. This is an extension of Oracle.coms basic service, which is hosting the Oracle eBusiness Suite of applications.

Customers can run any application on top of the database and app server.

Oracle can manage the software remotely or, for a slightly larger fee, house the data in its own facilities and run the software on its own hardware, according to President Tim Chou.

"It hasnt happened in a standardized way, but we have about 200 customers right now," said Chou, in an interview at Oracle headquarters here.

For customers who run their software on Oracle-owned hardware, the service will be priced at 5 percent of whatever the customer was already paying for its license to run the Oracle database or application server. For ones that own their own servers the price is 3 percent of the software license.

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