According to Oracle's Web site, you can purchase Oracle 9i Standard Edition (SE) for $300 per named user (perpetual license). Oracle 9i Enterprise Edition (EE) is $800 per named user. So just multiply those numbers by 100 named users and you'll arive at $30,000 for SE and $80,000 for EE. But I strongly urge you to contact an Oracle Sales Representative. They can give you licensing discounts (especially at the end of each quarter) and fully explain the licensing options to you.
As for the maximum database size, Oracle can store up to 512 petabytes of information, where a petabyte is 1,024 terabytes. That's a lot of information! So basically, an Oracle database can hold all of your data.
The performance of an Oracle 9i database can be the best in the world provided you have the infrastructure to support it. And you must have an individual who knows how to get performance out of the database. This is true of every database vendor, i.e. IBM, Microsoft, etc.
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This was first published in May 2002