The increased performance, enhanced manageability and stronger security of Oracle Database 11g, the first major new release in about three years, will drive higher-than-normal early adoption predicts market researcher Gartner.
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According to VP Distinguished Analyst Donald Feinberg , Oracle Database 11g builds on the features in Oracle Database 10g, adding a long list of capabilities to enhance manageability and performance.
Feinberg said that the new release should increase performance across all types of applications. He believes that data warehouses will benefit from new types of partitioning and Partition Advisor, OLAP enhancements, continuous query notification and advanced SQL tuning capabilities.
He adds that RAC customers will benefit from Automatic Database Diagnostics Monitor (ADDM), the automated tuning function that now runs on and tunes RAC clusters and that all customers will benefit from the enhanced manageability features, especially the testing of applications using Database Replay and online patching and upgrading.
Database administrators (DBAs) should benefit from many of these functions, which will eliminate the need to find and analyse necessary tuning information; now DBAs need only decide whether to accept the recommendations from the DBMS. Data warehouses should benefit from new types of partitioning and Partition Advisor, OLAP enhancements, continuous query notification and advanced SQL tuning capabilities.
In all, Gartner predicts that Oracle will likely see increased revenue from sales of optional features and additional licenses as the size of the databases grows. In addition to binary XML storage, Oracle FastFiles allows customers to store all types of large object data, including multimedia in the database, managed by the DBMS. B
Because of the new functionality and features, Gartner expects between 15% and 20% of the Oracle customer base to begin using Oracle Database 11g during the initial 12 months. Due to this higher-than-normal early adoption rate, it reckons many software vendors will certify Oracle Database 11g early, accelerating in 2008.