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Oracle Bows Upgraded Database

Oct 03, 2000, 19:21 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carol King)

By Carol King, internetnews.com

Oracle Corp. Tuesday launched Oracle9i, a new version of its flagship database.

The product, which is aimed at e-businesses, boasts a patented cache-fusion cluster technology. The technology aims to produce linear scalability and reliability by quickly sharing frequently accessed data across all the servers in a cluster, resolving all manners of contention between servers in the process.

As e-businesses move to consolidate global IT infrastructure and bring all of their customers, employees and suppliers online, Oracle9i aims to provide a transparent way for e-business applications to take place, according to Chuck Rozwat, executive vice president of server technologies at Oracle.

"The database redefines quality of service, allowing new and existing businesses to transparently scale their infrastructure and never compromise reliability," he said. "In addition, Oracle9i's unique embedded OLAP and data mining capabilities ensure that not just the biggest and the best Web sites run on Oracle, but also the most personalized."

Crucial to the product's performance, is:

  • Dynamic Web content syndication.
  • Internet-scale business intelligence.
  • A data guard that offers zero data loss due to human error and disaster recovery capabilities.
  • A flashback query that enables self-service recovery from human error by enabling users and applications to quickly access data.
  • A proxy authentification technology that verifies the user throughout the most complex, multi-tiered environments.
  • A virtual private database with security labels.
  • A self-tuning and self-managing database.

The new database additionally offers unprecedented speed, the company says. In fact, the company has backed that claim with a million-dollar challenge aimed at commercial product Web sites.

"Our new Oracle9i Application Server has an integrated Web Cache that's so fast, we think it will dramatically increase the performance of your Web site," according to a company statement. "In fact, we are so confident in the performance of our new Oracle 9i Application Server and our Oracle8i Database that we make the following performance guarantee:

"If you have an existing commercial production Web site based on IBM DB2 or Microsoft SQL Server database technology, and you replace your IBM or Microsoft technology with the Oracle9i Application Server and the Oracle8i Database, we guarantee that your Web site will run three times faster than it currently does.

"By this, we mean that your Web site will be able to support at least three times as many page views per second as your old IBM or Microsoft based Web site. If your Web site does not run at least three times faster than before the change to Oracle technology, we will pay you $1,000,000."

Oracle's Web site, oracle.com, has the complete conditions of this challenge.

The new product was unveiled at Oracle OpenWorld 2000, the company's own e-business conference. Shipping is anticipated to begin during the first quarter of 2001.

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