Oracle claims "cost-effective database software"

JOHANNESBURG (02/06/2004) - Oracle Corp. this week announced new pricing for Oracle Database 10g Standard Edition One.

The price for Oracle Database 10g Standard Edition One has been lowered to US$4,995 per processor and the maximum server capacity has been extended. Standard Edition One is also available with Named User Plus licensing at $149 per user with a minimum of five users. With this announcement, SME customers can now get the world's fastest, most reliable database at much lower costs, the company says.

In addition, for those customers looking to build highly available and scalable ICT systems, Oracle's database clusters will now, for the first time, be offered for free to those who purchase Oracle Database 10g Standard Edition. For these customers, the maximum server capacity is four processors in a cluster.

Customers can start small and grow their business using Oracle Real Application Clusters 10g as their business priorities change. Using Oracle's database clusters, customers can benefit from the highest levels of availability and reliability at lower costs than competing databases.

"Oracle understands that all customers, regardless of size, want a secure and reliable ICT infrastructure on which to build and maintain their businesses," says Jacqueline Woods, Oracle vice-president of global practices, global pricing and licensing strategy.

"Today's announcement underscores Oracle's commitment to providing smaller organizations and our partner community with a world-class database at affordable prices. Making our entry-level pricing the same as that of Microsoft (Corp.) shows that we are serious about competing head on with SQL Server."

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