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SearchOracle: Sizing Up Oracle's Open Source Tactics

Jul 10, 2006, 21:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Brunelli)

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"What do you make of Oracle's recent moves in the open source market?

"Noel Yuhanna: Open source databases are certainly putting the pressure on Oracle, but also on other closed source databases [like IBM DB2 and Microsoft SQL Server]. The whole notion is that [open source] will certainly hamper some of the market growth for closed source. The number-one concern, which a lot of Oracle customers have, is the cost issue. Oracle is more costly and expensive than other databases. Open source databases are certainly having an impact, and it obviously has caused Oracle to rethink its strategy as to how they should be looking at this market and how they should be responding to the open source adoption. By taking on the Sleepycat and Innobase acquisitions, Oracle is leveraging open source to grow its mainstream products. Customers who are going to be using Sleepycat will find some integration values with other Oracle products. So, Oracle will upsell some of those products..."

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