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Oracle launches Standard Edition 2

October 20th, 2015

Small and medium business databaseOracle has always offered a database option for small to medium sized businesses with Oracle Database Standard. When compared to Oracle Enterprise, the cost savings alone, made it the obvious choice for its targeted users.

However, Oracle continues to upgrade and develop new software and databases to meet the changing needs of customers. Oracle Database Standard Edition 2 is part of that change.

Oracle says that Standard Edition 2 is:

  • An affordable, full-featured database
  • Built for ease of use, power, and performance
  • Available on servers supporting a maximum of two sockets
  • Optimized for small business

Comparing Standard Edition 2 and Enterprise Edition

When deciding which option may best fit your business, it’s important to understand the differences between Oracle’s two types of databases.

Standard Edition 2

This version was specifically created for small businesses. It is scalable as your business grows. However, you should be aware of possible licensing requirements when changing from one version to another.
As mentioned above, affordability is a hallmark of this version. Prices range from $700 to $17,500. Though it has a maximum support of two sockets, this is typically a good option for small to medium sized businesses.

Enterprise Edition

For those businesses needing greater scalability, Enterprise Edition will be the better choice. This version is available on single and clustered servers. There is no socket limitation.

Cost will be a consideration with this version as prices range from $4,750 to $47,500. Before choosing this option, you will want to discuss your business needs with Oracle professionals. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Moving Forward

As Oracle moves forward with Standard 2, customers may have questions about migrating from their old edition to the new. Oracle says they expect this to be a seamless process. Though, as with any new database, delays or challenges may arise. It is important to fully understand the transition, and how it will affect your business before the migration actually occurs.

We at LSG Solutions look forward to speaking with you and working with you through this change. Please contact us with any questions or simply to discuss options.

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