Oracle believes it is winning the heavyweight bout between Oracle 10g and IBM’s DB2. “Basically, we are the gold standard,” said Mark Townsend, senior director of Oracle Database product management.
Townsend pointed out advantages such as scalability, unique features like multi-version read consistency and Automatic Storage Management, as well as 10g’s ability to do database “updates” without blocking access to the affected rows of data. “We identify focus areas that are important to customers, like security, and then have development groups working on those issues specifically,” said Townsend. “I think that internal organization gives us the edge.”