Oracle Ushers in the Era of Enterprise Grid Computing; Launches Oracle Database 10g & Oracle Application Server 10g

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Oracle Ushers in the Era of Enterprise Grid Computing; Launches Oracle Database 10g & Oracle Application Server 10g


Byline: red r. samar

SAN FRANCISCO Heralding the arrival of the IT industrys first new architecture in 40 years, Oracle chairman and CEO Larry Ellison formally launched the era of enterprise computing with the introduction of the software powerhouses grid-enabled database and application server Oracle Database 10g and Oracle Application Server 10g.

The industry has been on a quest to build bigger and bigger mainframes for the last 40 years. Weve been chasing the same dream of building the fastest computer in the world, he explained. After 40 years, now theres an alternative to the one, big server approach. Its enterprise grid computing.

Ellison said theres no place to go if you have a single-machine architecture. Applications in the information age are beginning to outgrow even the largest computer. There isnt enough capacity, he said.

The solution, the Oracle CEO points out, is to move to grid computing, a new architecture that connects low-cost computers, storage and networks together to act as one computer, but at a fraction of the cost and with ultimate reliability for there is no single point of failure.

Ellison said while grid computing has been used in scientific research, it has never been applied to business software, until today. The beauty of Oracles enterprise grid computing is that our software creates the illusion of one big computer.

He explained the immense cost savings and the significance of Oracles ability to run packaged business applications unchanged, such as those by SAP, means that any business can take advantage of the new software without having to change code.

Its capacity on demand. Plug another server into the grid and the application runs faster and more reliably, and the capacity is inexpensive, Ellison said.

He cited an example by comparing a single IBM mainframe with an Oracle grid built with inexpensive Intel-based blades will result in a 30-to-1 cost savings for customers.

He explained that Oracles release of the 10g Database and Application Server will enable customers to add computing capacity simply by adding two-processor, US$5,000 Intel Corp. and Linux-based servers to a grid of linked systems. A departure from the traditional race that has had system vendors always trying to build bigger, faster computers as the way to boost computing power, Ellison said.

One of the things thats just shocking to most people is that the Intel processors are the fastest processors in the world. If you want to go faster, you have to be willing to pay less. You have no choice. Get used to it, Ellison said.

He added that todays business efficiencies are the primary reasons to make the move to enterprise grid computing.

Oracle Database 10g and Oracle Application Server 10g are major technology advances. Weve been working on this for 12 years, starting with Oracle Parallel Server, then Real Application Clusters and now Grid. Its technology that keeps getting better and better,said Ellison.

First database designed to power enterprise grid

Oracle Database 10g is a new software designed to help customers and partners achieve the highest levels of efficiency from their IT investments, including hardware, software and, most importantly, labor. Oracle Database 10g relieves IT professionals from time-consuming, repetitive administrative work enabling them to focus more on solving business problems. …

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