Oracle Middle East targets SMB's for 10g database

Oracle ME is targeting small and medium size businesses (SMBs) and departments within large enterprises for its new 10g database.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  October 26, 2003

Oracle Corporation today announced new database enhancements, training and affordable deployment options designed to address the needs of small and medium size businesses (SMBs) and departments within large enterprises.

The database company is offering offer multiple pricing schemes for SMBs. Customers will be able to purchase Oracle standard edition one, a single processor version of the Oracle Database, for $5,995 per processor or $195 per user with a minimum of five users, which brings entry price to under $1,000.

Oracle Database 10g claims to offer faster, simpler installation and new automated management features, making it easy to implement, manage and administer. Using a single CD, Oracle says customers have an average database installation time of 17 minutes. In addition, technical staff are offered 10g 2-Day Quick start, a course that covers basic database administration, performance and tuning, and key security concepts.

"Probably many users used to regard Oracle Databases as primarily benefiting enterprises with large staff and big budgets, but beta program participants installed Oracle Database 10g on Linux very quickly and easily, from a single CD, with no problems," says Ayman Abouseif, Oracle's senior marketing director for the Middle East and Africa.

"With less than 500 employees, we don't have the budget for a huge IT department. This is why it's extremely important to us that we choose a database that's easy and less costly to manage. Oracle Database 10g's new automated management features will help us to manage our systems as we grow," says Matt Cockerill, technical director, BioMed Central, a customer of Oracle 10g.

"We're particularly interested in Oracle's new automatic patch management service. The service automatically searches for patches that are relevant to our system environment, and with just a click of a button we can apply the patches to applications we designate," adds Cockerill.

The company is also highlighting 10g's new self-management, and automatic storage management capabilities. The new features claim to eliminate complex, repetitive tasks and automatically identify performance or operational problems and recommend corrective action. Additionally, Oracle Database 10g is configured for automatic back-up and recovery to avoid data loss.

Oracle Database 10g is scheduled to be available by the end of the calendar year on all supported platforms, including HP-UX, Linux, Mac OS, Windows and Solaris in the Middle East.

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