Oracle gives database and grid a boost

Oracle at the OpenWorld conference in San Francisco has made several product roll outs, including a new version of its database...

Oracle at the OpenWorld conference in San Francisco has made several product roll outs, including a new version of its database and grid computing enhancements.

Being unveiled is Oracle Database 10g Release 2, which sports enhanced availability, manageability, performance, and security features, the company said.

Scheduled to ship in mid-2005, the database offers new sorting techniques to improve operations such as queries and index creation. The function also may eliminate the need for pre-loading of sort operations.

Additionally, improved load balancing in the Real Application Clusters function of Oracle’s database platform enables quicker response to changing server utilisation patterns.

An API is included in Release 2 for Oracle’s Cluster Ready Services, to enable higher application availability. Also, new automated failover capabilities will improve a website’s ability to come back online after a disaster.

The new database also features more automated storage management operations and easier sharing of storage resources in a grid environment.

Administrative enhancements include collection of performance statistics directly from memory, to allow diagnosis of slow or hung environments, and Automatic Workload Repository comparison reports for troubleshooting. There also is greater awareness of overall system performance in the database’s Automatic Database Diagnostic Monitor.

Security is being improved through transparent encrypting of critical business data.

Application development features include support for the W3C XML Query standard for access to XML data; improved Windows support via stored procedures implemented in the Common Language Runtime and enhanced integration with Visual Studio. Also featured is augmented development functionality for Oracle HTML DB, which is a rapid web development tool for the Oracle Database.

Oracle also has announced Enterprise Manager 10g Release 2, for administering applications and systems.

New grid control capabilities, called Oracle Grid Control, offer automated software management features to allow administrators to deploy systems quicker, Oracle said. New service-level management functionality enables viewing of business services and service-level performance via a single screen.

Support for heterogeneous systems is boosted, including backing for alternative application servers and Linux. A Topology Visualization function in the release provides a visual representation of IT systems and services.

Enterprise Manager 10g Release 2 is slated for availability in mid-2005.

Oracle has also unveiled Oracle Business Integration, which features an ESB, business process management, enhanced application integration, and BAM (business activity monitoring).

The product support business process management based on service-oriented architectures and BPEL, and offers connectivity with mainframes, databases, messaging systems, transaction processing monitors, and applications from Oracle, SAP, Siebel Systems and Microsoft.

Paul Krill writes for Infoworld

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