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.

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