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Oracle Girds for 10g Grid Part II

SAN FRANCISCO -- After a year since its debut, Oracle is preparing to announce the second version of its 10g server software.

Oracle chairman Jeff Henley said the company would announce the update of one of its more popular database and application server products on Tuesday morning.

A source close to the news said Oracle would not release actual product but would announce the timeframe for the future release of both Oracle's 10g Database and Application Server products.

Company co-president Charles Phillips reiterated Henley's news and pointed out that Oracle Executive Vice President of Development Chuck Rozwat and his team of engineers were primarily responsible for the success of the 10g Grid platform. During a press meeting at the company's OpenWorld conference here Monday, Philips pointed out that half of its shipments are 10g products.

As a precursor to the launch, the company released its Oracle Business Intelligence 10g platform Monday. The server software focuses on query, reporting and analysis, meta data management, data quality and BI application development.

The standalone product includes direct access to Oracle OLAP from within Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. The technology allows for access to both relational (SQL) and online analytical processing (OLAP) data within a single reporting environment. Oracle executives said they were spending more time integrating products with Microsoft's software. In a separate item, system builder Unisys introduced new software that allows the Oracle and Microsoft platforms to work better together.

Oracle's Business Intelligence 10g platform also includes a Warehouse Builder for Extraction, Transformation and Loading, activities required to populate data warehouses and OLAP applications with clean, consistent, integrated and properly summarized data. The BI platform comes with an application development tool called Oracle BI Beans.

The company is expected to launch its new Web services tools and a content management server, code-named Tsunami, as the cornerstone of its new information lifecycle management (ILM) strategy.

Henley and Philips both said Oracle Grid products are dovetailing nicely with its movement toward creating specialized Data Hubs. Earlier this year, Oracle released its Customer Data Hub as a way to entice companies to buy its business intelligence offerings and differentiate itself from rivals like SAP and Siebel Systems.

Now, Oracle is coming out with a bevy of personalized systems including Oracle Citizen Data Hub, Oracle Financial Consolidation Hub, Financial Consolidation Hub, Financial Services Accounting Data Hub, and Oracle Product Data Hub.

Philips said the Hubs are part of Oracle's approach to a broader market movement toward Service Oriented Applications that use the modular hubs. Oracle is touting the Hubs for content consistency in concert with its Grid infrastructure for resource virtualization and provisioning.

"The idea is to simplify and optimize. So you can run an application that takes advantage of multiple machines without changing the applications," Philips said.