With the advent of open source relational database platforms, many organizations must be looking at Oracle Enterprise Edition(EE) pricing as outrageous. Not to mention the drying up of budgets in this economy. You can’t do anything for the sunk cost of the existing EE licenses. However, even for new purchases, switching to an entirely different database platform can be impractical. Some companies make compromises and go with Standard Edition, or for single-node installations, Standard Edition ONE.