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12/19/2013
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Oracle Bets On Consolidation, Low-Cost Hardware

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison predicts database consolidation, a promised in-memory option, and low-end engineered systems will accelerate growth in 2014.

The 18-terabyte Oracle Database Appliance X3-2.
The 18-terabyte Oracle Database Appliance X3-2.

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cbabcock
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12/19/2013 | 4:45:28 PM
What could you do with a multi-tenant database system?
"Low cost hardware appliances" from Oracle. I'm still struggling to put those two phrases together. The multi-tenancy feature of Oracle 12C software may prove to be the real money-maker, rekindling new license revenue. The way multiple database systems can use one core Oracle 12c system on a time-shared basis is likely to decrease a few sales in the short run, followed by an explosion of new uses in the long run. It's a great consolidate your databases, expand your database use play.
D. Henschen
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12/19/2013 | 12:57:54 PM
Making money by saving customers money?
Interesting arguement Oracle has here. I guess they're counting on hardware sales they didn't previously get with engineered systems, but on the software side, I would guess it's more of a wash. If you consolidate a bunch of separate database instances, don't you end up cutting off lots of maintenace revenue? I guess the new sale compensates and has it's own maintenance stream, but with per-CPU pricing, you would think they're robbing Peter to pay Paul to some extent.
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