SAN FRANCISCO -- The next unencumber of Oracle's flagship database is "magic," Oracle boss Larry Ellison instructed a packed crowd of customers.
Ellison formally unveiled the 9i release, exceptional no longer simplest for its new clustering technology and array of self-tuning points, however for being tightly linked with the brand new unlock of the company's Oracle cyber web utility Server (IAS).
The time period '9i' includes each of these items, he told consumers on the 2nd day of the company's annual person conference. each the database and the application server have been radically redesigned to meet the efficiency, reliability, and increase of utility that can be offered as an online service, instead of as a CD-ROM put in on a corporate community.
most likely regarding the poor popularity and low acceptance of previous models of IAS, Ellison spoke of "or not it's unattainable to me that any of their clients should not have both items. if you won't have their utility server now, you'll."
Ellison talked about Oracle become offering 1,000,000-dollar bet to purchasers. through the use of the brand new 9i web software Server and the existing Oracle 8i database, commercial net websites now the usage of Microsoft or IBM application triple performance or Oracle will pay the web site proprietor $1 million. Oracle itself used the same application to raise the performance of its online Oraclestore by way of 50 times, he mentioned.
He also warned builders and DBAs that the 9i releases were step one in getting rid of huge areas of choice that they now have in configuring Oracle utility products. these days, each and every consumer creates what's in effect a special Oracle configuration this is complicated and costly to help and retain. "here is a simple flaw in the method [all] application is bought," he said. "We want their consumers to run the similar utility configuration."
Oracle is changing this mannequin in two ways. One is by means of including extra automated tuning aspects into the database itself, so the database can configure and keep itself. Secondly, Oracle is working with hardware and working equipment companies to create equipped-to-run programs of Oracle utility, with specific brands of computers and disk arrays. These configurations might be tested and licensed and assured to carry certain efficiency tiers.
He informed attendees he desired to use the term "Oracle Magic" as the name of the new database unencumber, which he spoke of is due for widely wide-spread free up in March 2001. "however they informed me, 'no, they couldn't do this. americans might get the wrong concept,'" he mentioned.
Clothed in a superbly cut grey go well with in lieu of wizard's robes, Ellison along with Jeremy Burton, Oracle's senior vp of product advertising and marketing, strolled via a collection of onstage demonstrations designed to show off the 9i database aspects, primarily the new clustering technology, always on the expense of rivals Microsoft and IBM. Ellison insisted the most effective utility that may run on Microsoft's NT clusters is a utility examine referred to as the TPC Benchmark, designed to measure transaction processing workloads. sure satisfactory, Burton observed the best utility they have been capable of finding for trying out became...the Benchmark.
"Microsoft clusters are an ingenious design because anytime you add a computing device, the cluster turns into less authentic," Ellison earnestly informed his audience. "that is as a result of each and every computing device is a single element of failure [for the entire cluster]. or not it's a very fraudulent configuration."
At a press confeerence after his keynote, Ellison smoothly dealt with newshounds questions, which ranged over such subjects as a fresh decline in Oracle's inventory cost, to both physique guards flanking the stage, to a quote attributed to PeopleSoft President -- and former Oracle govt -- Craig Conway, who allegedly described Oracle as a "sociopathic enterprise" with a corporate tradition hooked on lying.
Ellison in the beginning shrugged off the ultimate query asserting he had no conception what inspired Conway to make it. Moments later he back to the remark, saying, mildly, that it became irresponsible.
One reporter drew attention to the bodyguards, questioning if he should be careful in what questions he asked. It changed into the kind of query Ellison relishes. "I can't suppose of any query that could provoke a violent response," he guaranteed the reporter, then paused for a beat. "From them. It may provoke one from me."
He shrugged off questions about the stock market with a boyish allure that is now likely unconscious. "i'm just a application engineer," he spoke of, smiling engagingly.
He agreed that Oracle's mannequin of integrating its utility items into an interoperating suite owed lots to Microsoft's success with the Microsoft workplace suite. "Does anybody remember the computer software trade?" he requested. "It doesn't exist anymore." shoppers naturally desired functions that worked easily with each other, and it sounded the death knell for rankings of agencies. "Are they attempting to do with business functions what Microsoft did with Excel and office? You wager," he stated.
according to yet another query, Ellison mentioned the enterprise's transition after the abrupt departure currently of long-time Chief operating Officer Ray Lane become smooth. He subtly downplayed Lane's position within the business, pointing out that most effective the sales operation pronounced to Lane, and that it now reported to Ellison.
requested about posted studies that some purchasers thought Oracle's decision to offer pricing in keeping with CPU capability of the server became "dual carriageway theft," Ellison stated the enterprise, not like competitors, provided customers a choice of pricing by way of capacity or through named person. "Our database company grew 32% final quarter, more than IBM or Microsoft," he mentioned. "So by and large, I wager the consumer really like [capacity pricing]."
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