"If software giant Microsoft is a "600-pound gorilla," then
Oracle is a 500-pound gorilla--or at least has that
potential, if it chose to leverage its market dominance
the same way that MS does."
"So as Oracle releases its Internet Application Server (iAS), is
there any indication that they are leveraging their dominance in
the database market to dominate the market for web application
servers? Any signs of an Oracle strategy to use their application
server product to capture even more of the database market?"
"I took advantage of an opportunity to interview Robert Shimp,
Oracle's senior director of product marketing, to dig into the
details behind today's iAS press release. Shimp's answers paint a
picture of a huge corporation, launching a major product with a
big marketing blitz, preparing to compete aggressively to sell that
product--doing most of the things MS would do--and yet
it's "playing by the rules", which the open source community
would regard as fair and equitable."