PeopleSoft Taps IBM Database

Taking a little bit of development lustre from archrival Oracle, IBM Corp. on Tuesday announced that PeopleSoft Inc. intends to use DB2 Universal Database as the primary Unix development platform for its upcoming PeopleSoft 8 release.

Once Pleasanton, California-based PeopleSoft has created a version of its upcoming ERP package for DB2, it will port that version to competing databases made by Oracle Corp., Informix Corp., and Microsoft Corp. SAP AG and Siebel Systems Inc. made similar commitments late last year and earlier this year respectively.

"We think the expanded partnership will help our customers to take better advantage of their information assets and to transform themselves into much more scalable e-businesses," said Janet Perna, general manager of IBM's Data Management Solutions group in New York.

Officials from both companies believe that their collaboration will allow users to implement PeopleSoft 8 applications on DB2 faster and across several IBM platforms, including AIX and OS/390, along with non-IBM platforms such as Windows 2000, Linux, HP-UX and Solaris Also as part of the agreement, both companies will expand their global sales, marketing, and development relationships around DB2 Universal Database.

PeopleSoft 8 is being positioned as a development platform for Internet applications and will be created around the company's Internet architecture, which is heavily flavored with XML and HTML technologies.

Separately, IBM announced the general availability of its DB2 Universal Database 7.0. The product, which works on a variety of Unix-based platforms, including IBM's AIX, Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Solaris, Hewlett-Packard Co.'s HP-UX, and Linux. It is priced at $US359 for the Personal Edition and $US17,500 for the Enterprise Edition.

The Enterprise Extended Edition costs $US22,500 and will be priced on a per processor basis.

Company officials also announced that the DB2 Universal Database Developer's Edition will be sold at $US499, which represents a 50 percent discount The offer will remain in effect (in the US) through December 13.

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