"What do you make of Oracle's recent moves in the open
"Noel Yuhanna: Open source databases are
certainly putting the pressure on Oracle, but also on other closed
source databases [like IBM DB2 and Microsoft SQL Server]. The whole
notion is that [open source] will certainly hamper some of the
market growth for closed source. The number-one concern, which a
lot of Oracle customers have, is the cost issue. Oracle is more
costly and expensive than other databases. Open source databases
are certainly having an impact, and it obviously has caused Oracle
to rethink its strategy as to how they should be looking at this
market and how they should be responding to the open source
adoption. By taking on the Sleepycat and Innobase acquisitions,
Oracle is leveraging open source to grow its mainstream products.
Customers who are going to be using Sleepycat will find some
integration values with other Oracle products. So, Oracle will
upsell some of those products..."