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Oracle Injects SOA Into 10g Family

SAN FRANCISCO -- Oracle will update the marquee parts of its 10g family of software, the company said today.

As previously reported, the Redwood Shores, Calif.-based software giant is revising its Oracle 10g Application Server, Database Server and Enterprise Manager 10g Grid Control platforms. Each one is slated for a mid-2005 release.

The second-generation release broadly supports new service oriented architecture (SOA), XML and enterprise grid computing features, which the company has been touting this week at its Oracle OpenWorld conference here.

"Just over a year ago, we established a new course for delivering information and applications in IT environments delivering mainframe class quality of service on low-cost storage and servers," Andy Mendelsohn, Oracle senior vice president said in a statement. "[These releases] continue this focus on enterprise grid computing, with increased performance, higher availability and even greater ease-of-use."

Oracle said its Application Server takes advantage of the growing support for SOA standards and is adding the Web Services Invocation Framework, WS-Reliability, WS-Security and WS-Policy and support for Java ServerFaces to its update. The platform also takes advantage of Oracle's upcoming second release of its JDeveloper 10g tool.

In addition to SOA, Oracle's Application Server adds a slew of beefed-up automation and monitoring capabilities, courtesy of its Oracle BPEL Process Manager 10g and Business Activity Monitoring (BAM), as well as support for a broad range of industry protocols and standards, such as RosettaNet, HL7, EDI, EDIFACT, AS2, UCCNet and SWIFT.

The enhancements will also interoperate with the suite's Business Integration, Business Intelligence, Identity Management, Enterprise Portal, Mobile, RFID and J2EE components.

The database product will offer mainstream support for the W3C XML Query standard; better Microsoft Windows support via stored procedures implemented in the Common Runtime Language (CLR); enhanced integration with Visual Studio; and improved developer functions for Oracle HTML DB.

The new release will also feature an open Application Program Interface (API) for Oracle's clusterware Cluster Ready Services that will enable higher application availability. Oracle said new backup and recovery capabilities in Release 2 will augment the existing backup-to-disk operations by automating backup-to-tape even in unattended environments.

Oracle's next-generation Enterprise Manager builds on the current version with the addition of new service modeling and a new dashboard. The release next year will let administrators convert a single Oracle Database into a clustered database with Oracle Real Application Clusters.

The Enterprise Manager will also include reference-based patching for Linux servers and improved reporting that lets IT managers proactively publish specialized management information to users, managers and executives.

With release 2 of Enterprise Manager, Oracle said its software provisioning functions will allow administrators to store certified software images in an image library (such as operating systems, database and Oracle Real Application Clusters installations and configurations) and automatically install new systems by directly referencing the library.

As part of the release, Oracle said its Grid Control aspects of Enterprise Manager will also coordinate multi-tier applications over multiple nodes and tiers.