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Re: tough choices

From: Daniel Morgan <>
Date: Mon, 21 Jun 2004 19:59:54 -0700
Message-ID: <1087873219.494081@yasure> wrote:

> Ian <> wrote in message news:<40d723c6$>...

>>Noons wrote:
>>>Is this DPF thing one of those famous separately priced options?
>>You mean like every Oracle option?  According to the Oracle E-Business
>>Global Price List (

> Aha, well - the point is that Oracle costs have dropped
> *significantly* in the last four years, while DB2 hasn't.
> For example, in the system that Daniel Morgan mentioned would cost
> around $80k/ CPU with oracle. That would include
> enterprise edition $40k
> + partitioning $10k
> + RAC $20k
> + advanced security $10k
> -------
> $80k / CPU
> I mentioned before that DB2 workgroup server would do that job at
> about $7.5k/CPU, or about 10% of the oracle cost. Now that isn't
> entirely fair, since there are ways to bump up that cost - even as
> high as $35k if you put everything in. That's still less than 50% of
> the cost of oracle (and oracle could also bump up its price with that
> long list of add-ons). So, DB2 is sounding really inexpensive here -
> certainly not way more expensive as Daniel asserted.
> However, keep in mind that this is a huge drop in price for oracle.
> Imagine if it still used its power-unit licensing cost - and you were
> going to use four 3 ghz CPUs. That would cost about $300k / CPU - or
> about $1.2m for to fully license the quad. Based upon this - oracle
> has dropped its price around 75% in four years!
> Now, I'm not sure how DB2 UDB was licensed in 2000 - but I think it
> was actually less than it is now. So, at the same time oracle has
> dropped its price 75% db2 has raised its price 10% I believe (please
> correct me on the older db2 prices).
> So back to my original question - any one have tips on using
> competitive pricing to drive oracle down to more competitive pricing?

Not if you get your prices from a sales rep rather than from a web site. Not even close.

Daniel Morgan
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Received on Mon Jun 21 2004 - 21:59:54 CDT

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