SqlServer 2008 Spatial is Standard Issue
SpatialDB Advisor has a good article about the confusion surrounding Oracle Spatial licensing. Given that spatial capabilities in SqlServer 2008 will be standard issue, Oracle might decide to change their licensing.
Speaking of licensing, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 will include virtualization. They are also building a $500M datacenter here in San Antonio. I’m hoping this means they will provide something similar to Amazon EC2 for .NET. If this is the case the biggest unknown will be whether ESRI offers a licensing model for 9.3 that lets me run ArcObjects in the cloud.
Image stolen from Jeremiah, who discusses more about cloud computing here.