Oracle to unveil database for small, medium enterprises

Oracle will this week take the wraps off a version of its database software tailored for the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises.

Called Oracle Standard Edition One, the product would be a single-processor version of its database, the company said. Oracle officials will provide pricing and availability details at the launch.

IT vendors have been targeting smaller businesses of late as spending among their traditional base of enterprise customers has slowed. IBM has launched an Express line of products for smaller businesses, which includes a version of its DB2 database.

Such products are typically designed to be easier to use and require less maintenance than their counterparts aimed at the enterprise, with a view to serving companies that have smaller IT departments.

As well as smaller businesses, they're also aimed at departments and branch offices within enterprises.

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