Oracle: Open Source No Threat in Enterprise Database SpaceBy Peter Galli | Posted 2006-08-01 Email Print
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The database vendor says doesn't fear open-source competition and it will continue to go to market with vertical industry solutions that solve specific business problems.Oracle is holding its own in the open-source database space, while not seeing any competition in the enterprise database market from open-source companies, Bob Shimp, the vice president of Oracle's technology business unit, told eWEEK July 31.
It is also not seeing increased competition as a result of Red Hat's acquisition of JBoss earlier in 2006. But all of that does not mean that Oracle, headquartered in Redwood Shores, Calif., is becoming complacent or scaling back its focus on Linux and open-source development work, Shimp said.
"The open-source databases have been around for some 10 years and are applicable primarily in instances where there are highly partitionable small database applications, often caching or Web site catalogs with heavy reads and transactional processing," he said.
Oracle entered that specialized area of the market when it acquired Sleepycat Software and its Berkeley DB product earlier this year, Shimp said.
The Berkeley DB product is doing well in that space, Shimp said, adding that the most notable thing for customers was that nothing had changed, which was what the company wanted.
"We wanted to have the Berkeley DB product line complement our existing offerings to customers while making no changes that the community would even notice," he said, noting that the acquisition had helped Oracle reach smaller customers that it might not have been able to before, as well as contribute enterprise technologies to the community to help make those projects more easily available to enterprise customers.
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