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Enhancements to 10g pave way for migration to enterprise grids

Cliff Saran
Oracle fleshed out its 10g product roadmap at its OpenWorld user conference in San Francisco last week.

The software giant announced a suite of products addressing collaboration and content management, along with an update to its development tools family. It also promised a new version of its database server and rolled out Release 2 of 10g Application Server.

Oracle said Release 2 offered major enhancements to the application server's business integration, business intelligence, identi- ty management, enterprise portal, mobile, RFID and J2EE components. The application server offers integration with industry protocols and standards such as RosettaNet, HL7, EDI, Edifact, AS2, UCCNet and Swift.

Oracle's overall plan is to offer tools and services to help users deploy enterprise grids, comprising low-cost PC hardware, for running Oracle 10g software.

Enterprise grid computing is the IT architecture Oracle proposes for consolidating information sources. It promises dynamic workload management and automated systems management.

Oracle 10g Server Release 2 also offers improvements around business continuity.

Oracle's new database is due out in the first half of 2005, along with a major upgrade to Oracle Collaboration Suite. This will feature Oracle Files 10g, a content management product for compliance which provides a document repository for managing the proliferation of unstructured data.

The next version of Oracle's tools suite, JDeveloper 10g Release 2, also available next year, will have a visual development environment for building applications based on J2EE.

Oracle also plans to introduce Release 2 of the Oracle Grid Control in 2005, which it said would provide automated software management, allowing administrators to deploy systems quickly and easily. A service level management reporting tool, Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Release 2, will manage applications that run on a 10g grid infrastructure.

To tie in with the grid products, Oracle Consulting has introduced a service for migrating users to enterprise grid computing. The company said the service would provide a step-by-step approach to help reduce the complexity and risk of evolving an IT infrastructure to build an enterprise grid.

"We developed Oracle Information Architecture Services to address increasingly complex information management needs with a well-defined technology vision, architecture, and implementation plan," said Andy Bailey, senior vice-president, Oracle Consulting.

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