Oracle to offer production release of next-gen database

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Enterprise software developer Oracle Corp. has announced that it will issue a production release of its next-generation database technology on Mac OS X. The company cited strong demand for its Database Developer Release version as the driving motivation behind the decision. Oracle hopes that as a result, mid-market companies will deploy Oracle9i on Mac OS X as well.

The company said that more than 5,000 copies of Oracle9i Database Developer Release were downloaded from the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) during the first half of 2003. The download is free for registered OTN members.

Oracle's next-generation database technology employs clustering capabilities, which the company explained is complementary to own Apple's Xserve rack-mounted server system.

"Oracle's database clustering technology on Mac OS will allow for dramatically lower entry cost and enable customers to take advantage of the 'pay-as-you-grow' model," said Oracle vice president of Platform Technologies Division, Mark Milani.

As a result, Oracle's database software can be deployed on a single server, then clustered on a rack of Xserves as the needs of the enterprise grow and change.

A timetable for Oracle's new Mac OS X product release was not available as MacCentral posted this article.

This story, "Oracle to offer production release of next-gen database" was originally published by PCWorld.

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