Oracle has launched its next generation of Internet software, which it claimed will reduce integration and maintenance cost of e-commerce applications.
The new strategy is based on Oracle 9i Application Server and the Oracle9i database which Oracle said can be tightly integrated to reduce administration costs. However, although 9i Application Server has been launched this week, 9i database will not be available until the first half of next year, the company said.
"Oracle has created a sophisticated architecture that makes it easy for any IT department to quickly scale their systems in two separate dimensions: processing and storage," explained Carl Olofson, program director at research company IDC.
"The ability of Oracle's customers to dynamically redistribute IT resources, depending on their day-to-day, or even hour-to-hour demands will ultimately get the greatest value out of their computing investment," he said.
Oracle has also highlighted its significant investment in wireless technology, with the integration of its Portal-to-go technology into the 9i application server.
Thomas Kurian, Oracle's vice-president e-business, said 400 developers are working on wireless applications and Oracle's 9i application server wireless edition "will connect in any language, to any network, to any device, through any protocol".
A key feature of Oracle 9i is new caching technology that the company said would improve performance and scalability of e-business applications and Web sites.