IBM wants to confront Microsoft in one of its strongholds: small and midsize businesses. To do so, it's teaming with Borland Corp., beginning Thursday, to put its DB2 database system into the hands of C# developers.
C# is Microsoft's Java-like language that serves as the cornerstone of its .Net strategy. Both Microsoft and Borland produce integrated development environments based on C#. Henceforth, all of Borland's C# Builder packages shipped will contain a developer's copy of DB2 Universal Database system.
Likewise, IBM will include Borland's C# Builder with each copy of DB2 that it ships. Although typically thought of as a large IT shop and mainframe database system, IBM earlier this year brought out a version preconfigured for low-end, two-processor Intel servers with a starting price of $624. When licensed for 50 users at an additional $124 per user, the bill comes to $6,284--or about $1,500 less than a similar version of Microsoft's SQL Server, says Jeff Jones, director of strategy for IBM DB2 information-management software.
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