Oracle will begin shipping within 30 days a version of its Oracle8i Release 2 database for Windows 2000, the company said today. The new release will be able to take advantage of the upgraded operating system's new features, including its Active Directory, new installation capabilities, and support for greater amounts of memory.
Oracle's database has been the market-share leader on Windows NT platforms, holding a 46% share in 1998--the most recent year for which numbers are available from market researcher Dataquest--compared with the 29.7% share held by Microsoft's own SQL Server database. In Oracle's current fiscal year ending May 31, approximately $600 million of the company's $2.8 billion database software sales are expected to be Windows NT-related.
"Obviously, we have this love-hate relationship with Microsoft," says Jeremy Burton, Oracle VP of server marketing, referring to the often heated competition between the two vendors. "But NT has been very good for us." Burton says pricing for the Oracle database will be the same on Windows 2000 as it is on Windows NT. Oracle is also expected to ship a version of Oracle8i for Windows 2000 DataCenter shortly after that product starts shipping later this year.