Oracle launches database costing less than $1,000

Oracle is targeting small and medium-sized businesses with a new edition of its database software, which has been designed for...

Oracle is targeting small and medium-sized businesses with a new edition of its database software, which has been designed for use on single-processor servers in smaller businesses and in departments.

Oracle Standard Edition One is priced at $5,995 per processor for an unlimited number of users, or $195 per named user with a minimum of five users. That puts the entry point for the product at $975, said Oracle vice president of global pricing and licensing strategy Jacqueline Woods.

"Many of our customers indicated that they would like to see a product that was more for a smaller market, particularly when you have departments that tend to buy products independently of the general procurement process that occurs at the enterprise level," she added.

"You have essentially the same features and functions that are available on those other products. The limitation is that it's on a one-processor machine."

Customers will be able to upgrade easily from Standard Edition One to higher end versions of Oracle's database.

Standard Edition One is built on Oracle's existing 9i database and platforms supported include Windows, Linux and Solaris. When Oracle 10g, the next big upgrade to its main database product, is released later this year, a 10g version of Standard Edition One will appear at the same time.

James Niccolai writes for IDG News Service

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