The Oracle8 database is available as a 60-day trial promotion on IBM's Netfinity Server 5500, and coming soon on the economy 3500 and high end 7000 models.
Announced by Oracle only days after IBM launched a 60-day free trial for its own DB2 Universal Database For Windows NT, on the same Netfinity systems, it illustrates the complicated relationship between IBM and Oracle, partners and competitors at the same time.
Nick Gregory, Oracle UK's data server marketing manager, said: "From the database perspective they are in competition, certainly. But the relationship with IBM is partly about competing, partly about partnership. On the partnership, we're about to open a joint applications solutions centre in Montpellier, and the Oracle8-NetFinity package is designed to whet the appetite for future announcements in vertical markets like telecomms, retail and finance."
Converts to Oracle 8 on Netfinity revert to normal licence fees after 60 days. No pricing details on the Enterprise Edition but a standard licence costs #230 per user.
A spokesman for IBM UK said there are no present plans to make the 60-day trial available in Europe. Technology intervenes in the shape of a trial CD or copy of DB2 Universal Database for Windows NT at http://software.ibm.com.data/db2/udb.
Oracle 8 is available at www.oraclestore.oracle.com.
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