Oracle features 9i family at Gitex 2001

Oracle's recently launched 9i family will feature heavily at this year's Gitex as the software titan persuades users that a homogenised e-business platform will help them win the "war against complexity."

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By  Peter Conmy Published  August 30, 2001

Oracle's recently launched 9i family will feature heavily at this year's Gitex as the software titan persuades users that a homogenised e-business platform will help them win the "war against complexity."

The 9i database has hardly been out of the news since its introduction to the market as Oracle continues to wrestle market share away from IBM and it's DB2 offering.

Its real application cluster (RAC) capabilities — which allow businesses to run a single database on a group of servers clustered together, theoretically reducing costs and improving reliability and scalability — are still being heavily debated.

The Oracle9i application server (AS) is also proving to be a hot topic throughout the region — especially in the e-commerce space. 9iAS features full J2EE support, built-in enterprise portal software, high-speed caching, business intelligence, rapid application development, application and business integration, web services and the kitchen sink.

Like the database, it also claims to save on infrastructure costs by using the lightweight J2EE engine to extend caching capabilities, which in turn allows companies to scale with software rather than hardware. The 9i family has already achieved some measure of success at the local level.

Kuwait's Gulf Insurance Company (GIC), for example, has developed a full Java based insurance system with an n-tier environment based on Oracle9i Application Server and Database.
The company has utilised the front-end Applet, JSP, and middle-tier servlet technologies of the 9i suite and has, thus far, been very impressed.

Further endorsement of the 9i family at Gitex will undoubtedly come from Oracle's development and implementation partners, 30 of which will attend the show to showcase their own Oracle-based solutions.

"We're creating a 'show within a show' to educate attendees on every aspect of e-business, and the advantages that Internet-based technology and solutions are bringing to Oracle customers throughout the Middle East," says Ayman Abouseif, marketing director, Oracle MEA.

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