Oracle woos SMEs by cutting 10g entry price

Oracle has reduced the entry-level price of its new 10g database in a bid to attract small and medium-sized enterprises, but...

Oracle has reduced the entry-level price of its new 10g database in a bid to attract small and medium-sized enterprises, but users need to be wary of management costs, analysts have warned.

Oracle has reduced the price per processor to run 10g Standard Edition One by £544 to £2,717, to compete against Microsoft's SQL Server 2000 and IBM's DB2 Express. New licences also allow users to run two processors at the entry-level price, instead of one.

Ronan Miles, chairman of the UK Oracle User Group, said, "Discounts are nice. The question is, has Oracle done enough?

"Increasing the number of processors to use with the entry-level product is good, and the bundling of free clustering technology to improve reliability is also welcome."

Neil Macehiter, research director at analyst firm Ovum, said, "For SMEs, the ongoing cost of managing the database is the most important issue."

Meanwhile, Oracle has increased its bid for PeopleSoft to £5.1bn. "It is the first serious offer Oracle has made for PeopleSoft, and the first offer that gives it a serious chance of succeeding," said David Bradshaw, an analyst at Ovum Holway. With uncertainty over the future, PeopleSoft users need to assess the risk of continuing implementations, Gartner advised.

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