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Oracle creates tighter integration between Oracle8i and iAS

Oracle has tightened up its price list, simplified its software offerings, and unveiled a set of new features as it repositioned its Oracle Application Server (OAS).<br>

Oracle has tightened up its price list, simplified its software offerings, and unveiled a set of new features as it repositioned its Oracle Application Server (OAS) as the Apache-based Internet Application Server (iAS).

The new-look application server has three editions where OAS had eight separate modules. Now the channel will simply have to concern itself with Standard Edition for the majority of applications, Enterprise Edition, for those requiring advanced caching for example, and Wireless Edition for those requiring specific capabilities.

A key advantage of iAS according to Oracle is sameness of code used in both that product and the Oracle8i database. “We have moved pieces from Oracle8i into iAS and we have also synchronised the releases from now on between the application server and the database, so there is total synchronisation between the APIs. So if you want to move a piece of code, lets say an Enterprise Java Bean from here to there, from there to here, there are no issues whatsoever,” Ayman Abousief, manager, Technology Solutions, Oracle Middle East told CRN.

Overlapping Functions

“There are a number of overlapping functions between 8i and the application server, primarily relating to Java because we believe that in writing code, if the code is very data intensive then the best place for that code to be is right next to the data.

"So it needs to sit in the database. If it is more user interface intensive then probably the application server is the best place for it to sit. However the decision on that could be done at any time, so depending on your hardware configuration, the scalability of your environment and the number of servers you have, you can start moving bits and pieces back and forth between the application server and the database,” he added.

According to Abousief, that gives an unprecedented flexibility for people to develop software without worrying about the final runtime environment.

“If you are an ISV that is developing an application you may choose to implement differently on a case by case basis, although your development team never has to worry about this stuff,” he said.

New Features

Other new features in iAS include Oracle8i Cache, a device which caches Web components rather than entire Web pages, which becomes cumbersome when multiple users request multiple personalised version of the same page.

Oracle8i Cache stores only the components that are unique. “Some of the tests that we have done show that we are able to improve the user response time by about 350%, while reducing the database workload by a factor of 10,” said Abousief.

Oracle has further integrated all of its development tools into a single suite called Oracle Internet Development Suite, which could save developers in the region of $10.000 over previous prices.

The new suite includes Oracle Developer, Oracle Designer, JDeveloper, and Discoverer into a single development environment. “If you look at our price lists, they are much, much simpler. And we said that where this bundle today costs US$4.995, it used to cost $14.000 if you were to buy all of these things in the past. And who doesn’t need reports; who doesn’t need some business intelligence?” he added.

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