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Ellison Stakes Claim To More Of The Software Stack

Larry Ellison says Oracle will continue to take on former ISV allies in its quest to beat Microsoft at its own game.

The Oracle CEO said Wednesday that the company must continue to add new capabilities to its software, in some instances cutting third-party opportunities, in order to lower total cost of ownership of its solutions.

One reason Oracle is building Automatic Storage Management (ASM) into its upcoming 10g database upgrade is that Veritas storage management is "very expensive," he told reporters after his Oracle OpenWorld keynote in San Francisco.

"If people feel they need to use Veritas with Oracle, that raises the price of Oracle and it's not integrated with Oracle ... [ASM] will be a key feature that lets us sell to SMEs," Ellison said, referring to small- and medium-sized enterprises.

Indeed, Oracle is trying to come down from its high-margin enterprise roots to attack smaller businesses with repackaged, lower cost software to take on Microsoft's SQL Server database as well as IBM's competitive platform.

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