June 26, 2008

Oracle’s hefty price increases

Jeff Jones of IBM wrote in to point out that Oracle is slathering on the price increases. I quote:

Some examples, comparing Oracle Technology Global Price Lists from December 2007 and June 2008 (prices are per processor):

  1. Oracle Database Enterprise Edition: $40,000 to $47,500 = 18.75%
  2. Berkeley DB XML – HA: $12,000 to $13,800 = 15%
  3. Database Gateway for DRDA: $40,000 to $46,000 = 15%
  4. Database Gateway for Informix: $15,000 to $17,500 = 16.67%
  5. Express Server: $40,000 to $47,500 = 18.75%
  6. Oracle BI Suite Enterprise Edition Plus: $255,000 to $295,000 = 15.69%
  7. Hyperion Essbase System 9: $160,000 to $184,000 = 15%
  8. Universal Content Management: $100,000 to $115,000 = 15%

Good news for Oracle shareholders, I guess, that Oracle thinks it can pull this off. But also good news for vendors of lower-cost alternatives, especially lower-cost ones such as EnterpriseDB and Dataupia.


5 Responses to “Oracle’s hefty price increases”

  1. Zurek on June 26th, 2008 3:29 pm

    They can always look to move from Oracle to our Postgres Plus Advanced Server offering with Oracle Compatibility to help reduce overall costs.

  2. Seth Grimes on June 26th, 2008 5:19 pm

    Um, Bob, doesn’t Postgres Plus Advanced Server cover only the first item on Curt’s list of 8 items? But I recognize that #1, the core RDBMS where EnterpriseDB claims compatibility, is the big one.

    Actually, here’s a question that I might as well post here: Does EnterpriseDB provide technology that replaces Oracle XML DB for native XML storage and retrieval? If not, do you see demand for this capability? I admit that my question stems from a narrow concern, the ability to manage XML-annotated text in the DBMS without shredding the XML and mapping the data into relational tables.


  3. Zurek on June 26th, 2008 6:26 pm

    Nope, we see little demand for XML storage, our V 8.3 has support for XML data type. If someone wants great XML storage then they should look at Mark Logic as a great alternative to Oracle XML DB.

  4. Daniel Weinreb on June 27th, 2008 8:26 am

    My employer (ITA Software) already resents the big bucks we have to pay to Oracle for our OLTP system (airline reservations). It’s almost the only non-open-source software we use. I am already looking into alternatives for the future; this makes it even more urgent. (Recommendation to anyone in my position: take a close look at EnterpriseDB’s latest technological advances.)

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