Re: Oracle out the door

From: Nuno Souto <>
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2008 21:40:18 +1000
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John Thompson wrote,on my timestamp of 30/04/2008 4:39 AM:
> Company I work for just announced that we're going to convert all but 2
> of our 89 Oracle databases to either SQL Server, MYSQL, or PostgreSQL.
> This is due to the high licensing cost. I'm bummed.

The one I work for started down that path a few years ago. Turns out sqlserver is only much cheaper than Oracle if one doesn't pay licences! The Wintel world being what it is, very soon everyone started to ask for their own db server, one per application. Licence costs added up very fast. It's not that "cheap" anymore, so they are looking again at Oracle.

One thing I've found makes a tremendous impact is simply that if one is running sqlserver dbs, there is rarely a need for EE Oracle: Standard Edition does the job fine, you can stuff a lot of apps in the same instance, and the price is much better than EE sqlserver. And no, SE sqlserver is not comparable to Oracle SE in any way, shape or format.

So: there is an angle you can explore. Worked for me...

Nuno Souto
in sunny Sydney, Australia
Received on Wed Apr 30 2008 - 06:40:18 CDT

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