Oracle upgrades its 10g database

Oracle is about to release the next version of its flagship 10g relational database. The upgrade promises to lower the cost of running the database by improving storage and back-up management, said Andy Cleverly, director for technology at Oracle UK.

Oracle is about to release the next version of its flagship 10g relational database. The upgrade promises to lower the cost of running the database by improving storage and back-up management, said Andy Cleverly, director for technology at Oracle UK.

Oracle 10g Release 2 includes a built-in storage manager to allow users to run low-cost discs managed by the Oracle software, rather than license a third-party storage management system. Oracle is also including a utility, Oracle Backup, which offers disc back-up in addition to tape back-up.

Oracle has traditionally bundled a Legato licence with the database to provide tape back-up. According to Cleverly, Oracle 10g R2 removes the need for this licence, which should lower the installation and running costs of the database server.

Users also receive improvements to load balancing on Real Application Cluster configurations, making it more dynamic.

Ronan Miles, chairman of the UK Oracle User Group, said, "Some of these costs may take time to mature and may require additional investment in order to achieve longer term saving, as users will still have existing licences they would not want to replace in the short term."

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