Sun plans initiatives with Oracle

As Computer Weekly went to press, Oracle was due to announce a number of joint initiatives with Sun Microsystems, in a move that...

As Computer Weekly went to press, Oracle was due to announce a number of joint initiatives with Sun Microsystems, in a move that could reduce costs for users.

One initiative is designed to offer users a low-cost application server/database bundle. Sun and Oracle are also planning to collaborate to provide a clustering system based on Oracle's RAC (Real Application Clusters) technology.

In another move by Oracle, the database company plans to unveil details of Project Marvel, an HTML-based development system for building portal and Web applications on the 9i platform. The software is available for free on the Oracle Technology Network.

As it gears up to take on BEA and IBM in the application server market, Oracle is using its Oracle World Copenhagen conference this week to highlight a number of Oracle 9i Application Server (9iAS) users, including Argo Marches Internationaux, a European fresh food consultant which has built a European-wide portal for the produce industry based on Oracle 9iAS.

Datawarehousing will be one of the main topics at Oracle World Copenhagen, where Oracle will be talking about a compression feature that could cut up to 25% off datawarehouse costs.

Oracle said 9i Release 2 is unique in that it allows users to compress database tables - the part of the database that holds the actual data. Compressing the tables reduces the size of the database, which results in savings because it requires less hardware and maintenance.

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