Rozwat Says the "11g" Word
By oracletechnet on Oct 23, 2006
Chuck Rozwat's keynote this AM comprised mostly a "rearview" of significant releases from the Server Technologies division in the last year - Oracle Content Database, Oracle SES, Oracle Database Vault - as well as an overview of pre-existing technologies that bring other "exotic" datatypes into the database, such as interMedia, Spatial, and Mapper. Interestingly, this appeared to be largely pretext for discussing the "growing" (forgive the pun) importance of scalability, availability and database operations management, which turn out to be major focuses for Oracle Database 11g (in Beta), among other things (sorry for the blurry text):
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Things to note from above slide in particular: Online Application Upgrades, Flashback Transaction, Hot Patching, Storage and Query of Semantic Content, DICOM support, and Audit Vault. Seems Oracle is building on its already significant capability as a "universal", multi-purpose (mixed workload) data store that is always, always available.
Chuck also highlighted recent acquisition Sunopsis (now Oracle Data Integrator), which serves as a great addition to the data integration portfolio, bringing a service-oriented, real-time approach to data integration to Oracle Fusion Middleware. Furthermore, Sunopsis extends the high-performance "ELT" (extract, load, and then transform) approach that Oracle Warehouse Builder (OWB) supports for Oracle targets to non-Oracle ones as well, which makes it a good complement to OWB for creating heterogeneous data warehousing environments specifically.