OracleWorld: No database upgrades until mid-2003

Oracle's next database release will focus on continued improvements in manageability, increased capacity and spreading clustering...

Oracle's next database release will focus on continued improvements in manageability, increased capacity and spreading clustering technology to new platforms.

However, the next release of the database is not expected until the middle of next year according to Andrew Mendelsohn, senior vice-president of database and applications server technologies at Oracle.

The next release will focus on database management, where Oracle will continue the simplification and automation of management seen in Oracle9i.

"Over the next couple releases, we expect to cut the [database] management costs in half again," said Mendelsohn.

An attendee at the conference applauded Oracle's management improvements made so far. "I like the trend that they have toward being able to modify system parameters without taking down the database," he said. "I expect that they'll continue that trend in 10i."

Grid computing, pertaining to clustering and virtualisation of the datacentre, is highlighted.

The clusterware function of the Oracle Real Application Clusters technology, which detects when nodes are failing, is, at present, only supported on Windows and Linux. However, it will be extended to Unix systems from Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM, Mendelsohn said.

Extending clusterware will help minimise software integration costs and costs in general, said Mendelsohn.

Oracle will improve its XML DB support, which enables the database to act as an XML database. This feature will gain improved performance and enhanced capabilities.

Also at OracleWorld, Oracle officials showed a portal feature called OmniPortlet for aggregating information from different sources of data.

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