Security centre-stage as Oracle releases v2 of 10g

Oracle has announced the general availability of Oracle Database 10g release 2.

Oracle has announced the general availability of Oracle Database 10g release 2.

Oracle said version 2 improved performance, manageability and security.

10g is designed to support grid computing, which enables companies to process large amounts of data on connected low-cost servers.

Andy Mendelsohn, Oracle senior vice-president of database server technologies, said, “Release 2 builds upon the grid capabilities delivered in release 1, while introducing significant new security capabilities.”

10g release 2 adds new forms of data encryption to better protect data against theft.

“Transparent data encryption” enables customers to encrypt critical database data on disk – for example, credit card numbers or social security numbers – without the need to rewrite the applications that access the data. There is also support for the encryption of data on both disk and tape back-up media.

Release 2 supports up to 100 “clustered” or connected servers.

Oracle Database 10g was launched in February 2004, and is used by 40,000 companies, according to Oracle.

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