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IT-Analysis: Red Hat aims low with new database software

Jul 03, 2001, 22:00 (9 Talkback[s])

If this interview with Red Hat European VP Colin Tenwick is any indication, Red Hat is aiming low with its new database offering: smaller shops whose database needs top out at 100 seats or so. Tenwick also admits that IBM and Oracle have nothing to fear from Red Hat, either.

"Q. So you're going head to head with Microsoft?"
"Certainly we will be operating in a very similar space to Microsoft yes. But that isn't our target market just yet. We have a product that is perfect for departmental use, anything less than 100 seats essentially, and we will be looking for wins in this space. The first people that we will be targeting will be the existing Linux and open source users. We already have a customer base of thousands - everyone from current Red Hat users to Apache users. After that we will be looking to scoop up some of the migration from SCO and, particularly, Solaris. We see more and more people migrating from the proprietary Unix systems and, once again, we can provide them with a very cost effective solution."

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