Oracle Journeys to the Center of the Grid

PARIS, ORACLEWORLD, Oct. 22, 2003 -- Heralding the shift from Internet to grid computing, Oracle's Chuck Rozwat, who oversees development of technology products, took OracleWorld attendees on a "Journey to the Center of the Grid" today during his keynote.

Grid computing is a new computing architecture that links together low-cost computers to act as a single system. During the last five years, there have been advances in the underlying components that make grid computing possible, ranging from advances in processor and network speeds, the availability of low cost components and virtualized data storage. These advances along with Oracle's unique software breakthroughs make grid computing viable for commercial applications for the first time.

"What Oracle 10g brings you is a way to get grid computing started in the enterprise," Rozwat said. Oracle 10g is the company's newest database, application server and grid management software.

Rozwat and his team of top-ranking software developers demonstrated the new features in Oracle 10g product family, starting with the Oracle Database. "Our goal was to cut the management costs in half and be the easiest database to manage," said Rozwat. To that end, Oracle Database 10g can be installed using only one CD and in under 17 minutes. Previously, Oracle's database was installed using 6 CDs and took several hours.

Oracle 10g will also offer a fast, completely silent install for ISV applications. "Installation is transparent," Rozwat emphasized.

The major new features of Oracle Database 10g were then demonstrated: Automated Storage Management (ASM); Flashback Query; integrated Clusterware; Workload Manager; and Streams and Transportable Table Spaces for data provisioning. New advances have also been made to Oracle's SQL engine and its business intelligence capabilities.

Rozwat then shifted the audience's attention to the advances in Oracle Application Server 10g, which has been optimized to take advantage of grid computing. New capabilities such as policy-based workload management, automated performance management and provisioning "take the work out" of managing applications in a grid computing environment.

Failover Notification (FaN) is a feature of the new application server, which is scheduled to be available next month. When a database fails over, the application server and database work together to ensure the transaction is completed without interruption. This tight cooperation between the database and application server ensures continuous availability and is not available from any other vendor.

Shifting gears once again, Rozwat "traveled" with the audience into the realm of application development, where he emphasized that applications do not need to be modified in order to run on Oracle's new Grid Computing software. The audience witnessed how easy it is to transform code into a Web service using Oracle JDeveloper, Oracle's open, standards-based visual development environment. A preview of Oracle JDeveloper 10g is now available for download from Oracle Technology Network at .

Rozwat concluded the session by saying, "Oracle provides a software infrastructure that lets you use the grid computing model in a way that's manageable, scalable and delivers all the levels of service that you need."

OracleWorld Paris runs through tomorrow at the CNIT conference center.


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