Unix ODBC Drivers

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I am looking for an inexpensive way to do a pull of Sqlserver data into Oracle using Native Oracle Sql Statements to select the data from Sqlserver. This request would be easy to fulfill if there were an ODBC driver for Unix. I have found such drivers but they are expensive ($4000 per CPU on Unix box). Anyone have other experience?

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I just finished looking into this very same issue for one of our applications. We downloaded a 30 day trial of the Datadirect ODBC driver for AIX. Configured the driver on the UNIX end and then used Oracle heterogenous services to access the SQL Server database. This worked very well. However, the owners of the application decided not to go this route due to cost. The Data Direct ODBC driver is licensed by processor and this was a 6 processor UNIX server. When I talked to the vendor about the cost of the driver they did say they would try to match what Oracle charges for the SQL Server gateway product they sell. Bottom line: unless you are going to use the ODBC driver (a lot!) to offset the cost of a development effort to access the data another way, it’s hard to justify for me.

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