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From: Dennis Taylor <>
Date: Tue, 06 Mar 2001 11:23:21 -0800
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At 03:00 AM 3/6/01 -0800, you wrote:
>As luck would have it I was evaluating the prices of Oracle and then SQL
>Server today.
>My question at this point is, what kind of prices does Microsoft charge
>for support, I was pretending to purchase SQL Server and noticed that no
>mention is made about product support.
>Using the "Power Unit" method MS and Oracle come out within about $5k of
>each other, but when you get to their Enterprise editions, MS is just
>under $20k where as Oracle is way out there. The cheaoest I could get
>Oracle, with unlimited users (which is what I need). On a 1ghz Intel,
>single processor machine with a 2 yr lic, Oracle Enterprise costs $45,600
>(thats if you want support with your DB).

Well, I bow to your superior wisdom, because I'm damned if I can figure it out. Here's what I have:

linux box, 2x750MHz intel cpus, want to load Enterprise edition. That gives me 1500 UPU's.

According to the web page, UPU's are $100 per. That gives $150,000.00
According to the web page, my minimum user count is 1500/30 = 75.
According to the web page, perpetual users are $750 per, so 750x75 =

Now, do I pay the higher number, the lower number, the sum of the numbers, or what? I find it hard to believe that Oracle wants $206,250.00 just for an intel box, but there's nothing on the web page to indicate otherwise. Obviously this is another case of "give us your credit card, then we'll tell you how much you've paid".

Can someone clarify this?

(for those who are wondering why I don't just phone a salescritter, I have three reasons: 1) I need an answer this week, 2) I need an answer in plain english, and 3) Once a salecritter smells blood, er, money, it's like trying to get two-sided tape off your fingers.)

Dennis Taylor

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