The open source software products provide a pressure for the market of commercial systems. Old and stable companies use different marketing solutions to get to the top again. Consequently, the Oracle Corporation is going to release a free version of their client and server database Oracle.
The giant among the database management systems developers announces a beta-version of DBMS Oracle 10g Express Edition (Oracle Database XE). They are planning the release at the end of the current year. Oracle will propose this system for students, small enterprises and software providers, who built a server database Oracle to their products. The Oracle new server database edition is almost the same as the others. Therefore, the power of this system is restricted; free Oracle can work on the server with only one processor. It requires 4 GB of disk space and 1 GB of RAM.
The new restricted server database edition is developed to provide a competition for free and open source alternative products. Lately, these solutions have become more and more popular among the developers and corporative clients.
Evans Data investigations proved that MySQL Evans Data was the most famous open source server database management system for developers. There are some free solutions from the advanced commercial enterprises as well. IBM released a free version of their DB2 in the package for the PHP developers. Microsoft is designing to provide a free version of the SQL Server 2005 Express. There is a demand for free and low power technologies from the side of the consumers. Free Oracle is an alternative solution that appears as a reaction for the growing demand.
Oracle provides a free version of a server database and expects that it will improve the position of the product in the market. Marketing specialists of the company suppose that many users, who will use the restricted free Oracle, will buy the powerful version afterwards. Possible users for Oracle free product are students. If they give high evaluation to the Oracle production, then, most likely, they will prefer it later, when they start working in the corporations. Oracle will develop their standards and, in some time, all the users will require a full power of this client - a server database management system.
Oracle will spread the Express Edition client and server database with the other software products. The system will be available via the Oracle developers' network and will include tools for the development of an administrator console on the Web platform.
Oracle is going to make some modifications for the InnoDB. Recently, they have purchased this mechanism of the data storage. Currently, Oracle is going to prolong the agreement with MySQL (the MySQL package comprises InnoDB by this agreement).
This Oracle solution will bring more profits in the coming years. The market of the database management systems requires efficient and stable solutions that will offer a high performance for the commercial projects. Providing free releases information technologies to the business and companies is the fight for the customers in advance.