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.