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How to choose a database server

I need to find out more about database servers. Our company also wants to research Informix and Oracle. I've got to make a decision to select one of these, and I am confused about which one to select. Please advice me on how to approach this. If you say rither Oracle or Informix, please let me know why we should select that particular solution and how I would go about justifying the selection.
There are a number of items on which to base your decision. You need to do a thorough analysis of both products to determine which one will best meet your needs. Some of the items to consider are:
Compatibility: Do you presently have existing databases? Do you need to share information between database? Does either of these tools make that easier for you?
Support: What type of support is offered by the vendor? Does that meet your ongoing service level agreements with your clients?
Cost: What is the licensing structure of each product? What are the costs associated with these? Do you have any cost constraints when making this decision?
This was last published in June 2003

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