"A year ago, there was a lot of consternation at the school about Oracle wanting to own the whole stack," she said. The school's hardware-related costs went up after Oracle took over, but more recently Oracle "has come back with higher-ed pricing," she said.
Over time, Reinhard's concerns have eased.
""So far, I'm very encouraged by and interested in the integrated approach," she said. "We have to replace our architecture in the next couple of years, this is a radically different approach."
For one, it could alleviate the "finger-pointing" Duquesne's various database, networking, and storage staffers sometimes engage in when things go wrong, she said. Oracle has made much of the fact that customers will have a single vendor to hold accountable when they buy its integrated systems.
The prospect of advanced compression also interested Reinhard, as the school is having to invest substantially in storage. "It's just exponential data growth."
Oracle OpenWorld continues through Thursday in San Francisco.
Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris's e-mail address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com