Re: Oracle out the door

  • From: Robert Freeman <robertgfreeman@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: gints.plivna@xxxxxxxxx, jhthomp@xxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2008 15:05:05 -0700 (PDT)

I rather suspect that many companies that do this are like certain "global 
warming" alarmists. 
Their reactions to initial license/support costs are knee-jerk, short sighted 
and not well thought out. 
It may be that the licensing costs are high, but it may also be that there was 
reasonable ways to reduce those costs without throwing the baby out with the 
bath water.

Corn anyone? 


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----- Original Message ----
From: Gints Plivna <gints.plivna@xxxxxxxxx>
To: jhthomp@xxxxxxxxx
Cc: oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Tuesday, April 29, 2008 3:47:50 PM
Subject: Re: Oracle out the door

Following ideas comes to mind:
1) Have you/your company considered other editions than EE? I.e. SE,
SE One, trying to get discounts, optimizing (e.g. throwing several
apps on the same boxes) environments?
2) Have you/your company calculated all other costs connected with
database change i.e. staff skills, possibility to rebuild applications
totally from scratch, possibility to have various kind of problems
because of lack of knowledge and migration to other DBMSes? A while
ago I've summarized a few criteria for choosing DBMS and the main
message I'd like to offer is - as probably everyone knows - the cost
of DB is not the same as the cost of DBMS licence.
In case anyone is interested the article is here

Gints Plivna

2008/4/29 John Thompson <jhthomp@xxxxxxxxx>:
> Company I work for just announced that we're going to convert all but 2 of
> our 89 Oracle databases to either SQL Server, MYSQL,  or PostgreSQL.  This
> is due to the high licensing cost.  I'm bummed.

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