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LinuxProgramming: Oracle Shows Microsoft How a 600-pound Gorilla Ought to Behave

Aug 10, 2000, 18:31 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Wolley)

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"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."

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