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Mr Krishan Dhawan (left), Managing Director, Oracle India Pvt Ltd, and Mr Sundar Ram, Sr Director, Database Pre-sales Oracle Asia-Pacific, at the launch of new database offering in the Capital on Wednesday. - - Kamal Narang

New Delhi , Nov 30

ORACLE India Pvt Ltd (Oracle India) on Wednesday announced the launch of Oracle Database 10g Express Edition (Oracle Database XE), a free, starter edition of the world's leading database software. A beta version of Oracle Database XE is available for companies in India to download today.

This new edition of Oracle Database 10g offers application developers, database administrators (DBAs) and students a free starter database to develop and deploy their applications. It is also freely available for independent software vendors (ISVs) and hardware vendors to distribute or embed with their applications and products.

"Oracle Database XE allows developers, DBAs, ISVs and students the opportunity to learn, develop and deploy on the database software," said Mr Krishan Dhawan, Managing Director, Oracle India.

"We now have a database menu for organisations and developers of all sizes and budgets," said Mr Sundar Ram, Senior Director, Technology Pre-sales, Oracle Asia-Pacific.

"This menu includes databases that can process terabytes of data alongside advanced data management capabilities, to a free starter edition such as Oracle Database XE, which allows SMEs, ISVs and developers to adopt and experiment ."

A recent report from analyst firm IDC found that Oracle led Asia's $1.2 billion IDMS market in 2004 with 37.8 per cent market share, which includes new licence and maintenance revenues across APAC.

In India, Oracle led the market with 52 per cent share in 2004. Gartner released a similar report based only on new licence revenues in APAC, which found that Oracle led Asia's database market with 31.5 per cent market share.

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