Oracle ships Standard Edition One, Dell package

Oracle's low-end DBMS is being bundled with Dell's PowerEdge servers – a move that takes aim at smaller companies, where Microsoft SQL Server has had a stronghold.

Oracle Corp. began shipping its low-end database management system (DBMS) bundled with Dell servers, in a move designed to battle Microsoft in the midmarket and hopefully draw an onslaught of interest in open source databases.

Phillips

Dell and Oracle announced their agreement to bundle Dell servers with Oracle's database software in April.

Dell will offer Oracle's Standard Edition One DBMS prepackaged on Dell PowerEdge 2600, 2650, 2800 and 2850 servers running on Linux and Microsoft Windows. The server-and-software bundle will be available at a starting price of $4,995 per processor or $149 per user.

While Oracle's database sales have been strong, the company is bracing itself against an increased interest in open source databases. Microsoft SQL Server DBMS has had a stronghold on the low-end database market.

The Standard Edition One database is Oracle's answer to an explosion of open source databases hitting the market, said Oracle president Charles E. Phillips Jr., who spoke to about 700 Oracle users at the New York Metro Area Oracle User Group Day in New York City on Tuesday. Both MySQL and the newly open sourced Ingres DBMS are appealing to smaller companies with limited budgets, Phillips said.

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"We've put together all the automated things in 10g, making the database easier to use with very robust wizards at a price for the low-end market," Phillips said.

Standard Edition One is limited to two CPUs and lacks the extra options typically purchased with its Standard Edition higher-end product, such as analytical and vertical specific management tools.

Noel Yuhanna, an industry analyst with Cambridge, Mass.-based Forrester Research Inc., said Oracle has an advantage over Microsoft through its deals with Dell. Microsoft has struggled with its release of the next version of SQL Server called "Yukon," delaying it twice and resulting in some frustrated customers, Yuhanna said.

"Standard Edition One has the Oracle RAC solution that appeals to many customers," Yuhanna said.

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