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Oracle Updates 9iAS

Oracle Tuesday trumped itself at this year's OpenWorld conference.

The Redwood Shores, Calif.-based database software giant began the week toting its Oracle9i Application Server and Tuesday released its latest upgrade with Oracle9iAS Release 2.

The upgraded application server includes advanced clustering, caching and some 250 new features including support for the latest J2EE standard.

The changes are inline with CEO Larry Ellison's claims that the company's software and products are "Unbreakable" because they help avoid a single point of failure for networks.

The previous release of Oracle9i Application Server, unveiled in June, introduced J2EE technologies such as Edge Side Includes (ESI) Web page caching that made it a favorite with Java developers.

The new version builds on that to include cluster caches, dynamic reconfiguration, hardware independent J2EE cluster islands, rolling upgrades, hot deployment, and the Fast Start Fault Recovery Architecture that supports transparent application failover across the application server and database tiers.

Other companies working in this space include Microsoft , Sun Microsystems , Cisco Systems , and Hewlett-Packard

A free Developer Edition of Oracle9i Application Server Release 2 is now available for download from the company's corporate Website. The Oracle9iAS Release 2 Standard Edition and Oracle9iAS Enterprise Edition are scheduled to be available in the first quarter of 2002 and are priced at $10,000 per processor and $20,000 per processor, respectively.

Oracle9iAS Personalization and Oracle9iAS Wireless are available as options to Oracle9i Application Server Enterprise Edition and are each priced at $10,000 per processor.