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IT-Analysis: Open Source and Software Rental

Oct 14, 2004, 01:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin Bloor)

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"Software pricing has always presented a conundrum both for vendors and for the customer. In the pre-Internet days software pricing on servers was, roughly, proportional to the cost of the hardware. In the days of mainframes and minicomputers this seemed rational, but as the servers morphed into anything from a lonely Intel box to a high-end cluster it began to get complicated and it was quite possible that, with expensive software such as the big name database products, the structure of software pricing could limit or determine hardware choice..."

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