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SQL Server tries to compete with Oracle

Firmly entrenched in the small database market and hindered by only working on a single operating system, Microsoft SQL Server announces a new release:


The introduction of the Workgroup edition, which will be available for SQL Server 2000 and for SQL Server 2005, is meant to offer a better alternative to price-sensitive customers, particularly smaller organizations, Rizzo said. The Workgroup software is limited to machines with two processors (dual-core chips are counted as a single CPU) and 3 gigabytes of RAM.


According to this article, a Microsoft spokesman acknowledges the dominance of Oracle:


"We welcome the competition, but we think in the end it's a losing proposition for (Oracle) to try to compete on price with us," he said. "They're niched at the high end, and they make all their money on these expensive add-ons."


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