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The Register: Oracle slams IBM with 9i release

Jun 15, 2001, 14:15 (9 Talkback[s])
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Oracle 9i is out now, and Ken Jacobs of Oracle spoke briefly to the Register about his company's latest release, noting in passing that the emphasis on clustering makes 9i an attractive proposition for companies looking to use low-end and Linux-based machines.

"The big news is clustering, the Oracle Real Application Clusters, that will take scalability and availability in to new areas. It's going to be a lot more cost effective for the organisations that use our products too. This can be used to deliver new levels of scalability to applications.- and no one can compete with that.

To be honest I'm pleased that [Microsoft and IBM] have been talking about their clustering technologies because, with one look at ours, people will see that our developments are far more significant, we are offering transparent scalability. We are reducing the cost of ownership considerably by enabling organisations to cluster just about anything, Intel boxes, Linux boxes, a multitude of configurations, and that saves the customer the expense of running mainframes.

IBM is in a desperate situation right now. DB2 is not gathering ISV support, its Unix business isn't as robust as ours and mainframe sales are in jeopardy. IBM has support for DB2 from HP, Sun and such like, but it can't make substantial gains in this (Unix) space for account management reasons. If a Sun salesperson sells DB2 it opens the doors to IBM account managers who will come in and try and sell IBM hardware - that's not appealing. As such, IBM might make a few percentage gains in the AIX space, which is fine, but the rest will be a major struggle."

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