I recently read an article that stated that Oracle was failing but turned itself around in the early 90's ending up as the leading database vendor. The article didn't explain who they turned things around. Does anyone know?
It was Larry Ellison's modest, humble and even-tempered leadership that turned things around.
I bet it was Phil Greenspun teaching the first generation of web geeks that they absolutely, positively had to use Oracle, no matter what.
wasn't Sybase the top dog in the 90's? or DB2?
Wasn't Oracle the "low end" database before SQL Server ate its lunch?
Oracle was never "low-end". It was unix only for a long time, I forget exactly when an NT version came out - mid 90's I think.
IIRC, the originally Oracle was written for VMS and then it was ported to Unix. Eventually the Unix version became the default environment, with VMS a port.
"low end" was in quotes to say "as compared to big iron DB's" - was Oracle a "small iron" alternative to getting a mainframe?
Oracle rode the Internet bubble - hence it did very well in the late nineties.
We're running oracle on W2k, solaris and vms. Oracle on VMS is called Oracle RDB and is still around. http://www.oracle.com/rdb/index.html?content.html
Except that "Oracle RDB" isn't based on Oracle - it's the RDB database that Oracle bought. I remember when RDB was major competition to Oracle on VMS...
People were saying that the turn around hero was Ray Lane. Who was kicked out by Larry later.
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