Oracle to unveil 11g Database on July 11

Oracle Corp. has finally committed to a launch date for the next major release of its database. Appropriately enough, the vendor plans to unveil Oracle Database 11g on July 11.

The “g” following the number refers to grid computing. The predecessor to 10g, 9i was named for its Internet capabilities.

Oracle sent out an invitation on Wednesday about the launch event, which will take place in New York and will be hosted by company President Charles Phillips and Andy Mendelsohn, Oracle’s senior vice president of database and server technologies.

The vendor’s primary database competitors are IBM Corp. and Microsoft Corp.

Oracle began laying out the groundwork for 11g in October at its OpenWorld conference in San Francisco, where executives talked in general terms about the upcoming release.

They said the database would feature improvements in high availability, performance, scalability, manageability and what the vendor dubbed “diagnosability.”

In addition, the executives referred to new compression technology that could potentially reduce customers’ storage demands by two-thirds and the ability for 11g to store unstructured data faster than traditional file systems.

Oracle has indicated that the upcoming release will also focus on meeting the needs of users of very large databases he added, and will include business intelligence and content management functionality.

The new database is also expected to include a variety of partitioning capabilities.

Oracle again presented 11g in similar broad strokes at the Collaborate Oracle user group conference in Las Vegas in April.

Customer issues the vendor said it hoped to address with the new database include management, security and data recovery.

In beta testing since September, Oracle Database 11g is the successor to 10g releases 1 and 2. The “g” following the number refers to grid computing. Oracle shipped the first release of 10g in February 2004.

Typically, Oracle ships significant updates to its database every 15 to 18 months, although the gap can be as wide as 3 years.

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