Microsoft offers Oracle defectors up to 50 percent off SQL Server

Microsoft offers Oracle defectors up to 50 percent off SQL Server

Summary: Microsoft officials announced on September 19 that they have no plans to increase the price of SQL Server 2008 beyond what the company already charges for SQL Server 2005. Microsoft execs also announced that, starting today, customers who migrate from Oracle to SQL Server will get up to a 50 percent discount. Of course, there's a catch: You also need to be signed up for Software Assurance to get the reduced rate.

SHARE:

SQL Server 2008 isn't set to be released to manufacturing until the second quarter of next year. But Microsoft already is taking aim at Oracle with its forthcoming release.

Microsoft officials announced on September 19 that they have no plans to increase the price of SQL Server 2008 beyond what the company already charges for SQL Server 2005. Microsoft execs also announced that, starting today, customers who migrate from Oracle to SQL Server will get a 50 percent discount on the price of SQL Server Enterprise Edition or 25 percent off the price of Standard Edition. However, both discounts are available only when users sign up for Software Assurance, Microsoft's annuity volume-licensing plan.

Microsoft made its SQL Server announcements at the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) Community Summit in Denver. More specifics on the Oracle pricing promotion will be provided on Microsoft's SQL Server Migration page.

This past spring, Microsoft held a contest to entice developers to build Oracle-Office mash-ups. Microsoft also created earlier this year a new user consortium designed to work with joint Oracle-Microsoft customers.

In other database-related news, Microsoft also announced on September 19 that its Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 product will be released to manufacturing this week.

PerformancePoint is Microsoft's latest business-scorecarding application and a key component of its business-intelligence line-up. PerformancePoint provides users with monitoring, analysis and forecasting/budgeting functionality. PerformancePoint builds on top of SQL Server and uses Office as its user interface. PerformancePoint integrates with SQL Server Reporting Services, SharePoint Services and SharePoint Server, officials said. It costs $20,000 per server, plus $195 per Client Access License (CAL), and $30,000 per Internet connector.

Microsoft officials said more than 10,000 customers kicked PerformancePoint 2007's tires as part of the Community Technology Preview (CTP) test process.

Officials declined to discuss how Microsoft plans to add a services component to PerformancePoint in the future. But earlier this year, Microsoft officials said that Microsoft is developing a managed business-intelligence bundle that will include Microsoft-hosted versions of SQL Server and PerformancePoint. Still no date so far on when Microsoft plans to make that hosted BI offering available, however.

Topics: Servers, Data Centers, Data Management, Enterprise Software, Microsoft, Oracle, Software

About

Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Talkback

24 comments
Log in or register to join the discussion
  • questions

    Hi Mary Jo

    Quick question on SQL Server 2008. Currently we have an Oracle Server running on Redhat Linux, but we would like to move to SQL Server 2008. Since Linux is much secure than windows we would like run SQL Server on Linux. Do you know anything about their Linux offering for SQL Server 2008?

    Alex
    AnonymousBugMeNotUser
    • Never gonna Happen

      SQL Server exists only on Windows. MS makes little to no software on platforms other than Windows. They have no incentive to. MS wants Windows Everywhere when it deserves to be Nowhere.

      Stick with the more secure, reliable platform of Oracle on Linux.
      ITGuy04
      • Yeah - that's the ticket

        Unbreakable on unhackable... Har de har har har!
        Confused by religion
      • Why not?

        SQL Server was originally developed on Unix, why couldn't it go back to its roots?
        jorwell
    • re: questions

      I talked to some buddies of mine in Redmond and they assured me that SQL Server will be fully supported on the Linux platform. It is scheduled to be released shortly after the Windows ME version.
      davidr555
    • We all

      Yes we all understand that you are making a sarcastic remark here, but maybe you should do some real comparisons of current open vulnerabilities between Oracle and SQL Server, as well as Windows Server and any other alternative server OSes that run these databases.

      The fact that Windows Server is gaining in marketshare overall should be a concern to anyone that wants to be stuck in an ABM world.

      http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2007/09/03/september_2007_web_server_survey.html
      Qbt
    • re: questions

      decide if you are using Oracle as a hammer to crack a nut, if you are, take a look a Postgres or Ingress
      deaf_e_kate
      • In that case he'd be best

        off with SQL 2005 Express Edition. Package now comes with SQL Server Management studio and Business Intelligence development studio. Or make that the 2008 version of the free edition. <br>
        That or Access, which has evolved into a very robust and powerful database solution.
        xuniL_z
        • Doesn't run on Linux

          "In that case he'd be best
          off with SQL 2005 Express Edition."

          Want free and proprietary for Linux go DB2, Oracle or Sybase (SQL Server without
          MS) all have a free option.

          MySQL and PostgreSQL has terrific package support from the distributions,
          something that make maintenance very simple. Nothings easier than "yum update" to
          keep your platform up2date!
          Richard Flude
  • no takers

    even free SQL won't do it.
    Linux Geek
  • MS gives with one hand and takes away with the other

    Just proves what a rip off Software Assurance is.
    deaf_e_kate
  • 50% Off? Something only a monopolist can afford!

    The danger is Real! The Danger is Microsoft!
    nomorems
    • No wonder the EU Commission kicked M$

      The EU sees the danger and they've responded. Maybe it's not enough though, but it's a start.

      Micro$oft is most certainly using its monopoly power to stifle competition. That's a given fact and the EU recognized it. Those who want to write about Micro$oft should look deeper into the implications of the EU ruling.
      mannyamador
      • No, EU=Evil

        [offtopic]
        EU just want to get a bunch of money from Microsoft...
        This story with the integrated WMP is just a BS.
        Apple integrates QuickTime into it's OS, So what?!
        Microsoft isn't a monopolist!
        Moreover, You're able to deselect WMP within the Windows setup.
        [/offtopic]

        Microsoft doesn't integrate it's SQL server into the Windows Server OS.
        You're free to install MySQL/PostGreSQL/Oracle etc etc etc (MySQL is widely-used, btw.)
        jnoooo
        • Microsoft doesn't integrate it's SQL server into the Windows Server OS

          I have been told that. Is it really true? How about an article? Up until recently it has been my understanding that you were to get MS SQL Server bundled in with the Windows 2008 Server OS product, formerly named Longhorn.
          mighetto
  • RE: Microsoft offers Oracle defectors up to 50 percent off SQL Server

    Oracle has been offering a switch and safe program for the last two years. If you have invested in SQL and you want to switch to Oracle. You will be able to transfer your investment in SQL to Oracle. In my opinion 50% discount on purchase of new SQL licenses cant be compared to this Switch and Safe Program. Next to this I cant really understand why any customer would want to change a Database that works for one that......... Next to this Microsoft's yearly support fee is much higher then that of Oracle and you cant avail to the discount if you dont sign up for support.......
    AnonymousBugMeNotUser
    • Oracle support fees

      If you let your Oracle support laps - owing to a business downturn or whatever, you might expect that later - when budget allows - it would be possible to turn that support back on. It is possible but from experience, it is only possible after paying for the support you went without during the budget crisis. Fiscal officers do not understand this and I have had trouble with more than a few who - for budgeting purposes - simply stop paying for Oracle support and wait for some poor sap database administrator to scream bloody murder. The thought process seams reasonable. We went without support for a year, it is wrong for Oracle to charge us for a year when we went without support just to get support this year.

      As I understand it third hand, from legals, Oracle provides support regardless of payment in the form of security patches and updates. However, they are able to do this by graces of those who pay.

      It is important to understand vendor ways. I suspect those switching to Microsoft had bad fiscal managers, went three years without support and threatened a switch to Microsoft as a way to get out of the support "not recieved", and see Oracle as bad.
      mighetto
    • Microosft doesn't charge yearly support fees

      [i]"Next to this I cant really understand why any customer would want to change a Database that works for one that...."[i]

      That what? Also works fine and is easier to use and more secure?

      [i]Next to this Microsoft's yearly support fee is much higher then that of Oracle[/i]

      I never dealt with yearly support contracts with MS, so I'm curious as to what they are?
      toadlife
      • Ignore that subject line

        I meant to change it after I realized that they do offer support contracts for products like SQL.
        toadlife
      • Oracle charges per processor

        The support cost for Oracle (at lease when I looked at it six months ago) is based on the number of processors. So if you have two servers with two processors the cost is based on four processors.

        There are rates for non profits and for profits - I guess. For a not-for-profit government kind of business, I am told by a person that pays the bills - that the cost is over 15,000 and certainly not over 17,000 per year. Say something like 1,500 per month. For that you get online training and access to a knowledge base as well as tech support when you need it. In my mind it is a form of outsourcing. The tech support will not press the buttons for liability reasons but they will take any application developer and script them through a recovery or restore or whatever after VNCing in to watch. So you really do not need the "evil and expensive" database administrator unless you go without the support.

        As mentioned, the patches and upgrades are freely down loadable and you are not charged anything for test lab processors - just production processors.

        But this policy anticipates that eventually the fiscal budget guy will be replaced and the years of missed payments will be collected through the new guy.

        There are reasons why the larger shops all use Oracle. The reason has nothing to do with IT staff. It is management.

        Larger shops have management that understands cost benefit and almost always finds Microsoft SQL Server at the short end. Smaller shops have budget issues and tricky fiscal guys that need spanking by legals from Oracle from time to time or replacement. Data Integrity is paramount post Sarb Oxly. Executives go to jail when the trail of evidence, an Oracle database provides, is purposefully destroyed by a switch to Microsoft, and an embezzler is caught.

        But this message is hard to get across. There are many clueless.
        mighetto