Executive Summary

By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2002-09-02 Print this article Print

: Oracle9i Application Server Release 2 Enterprise Edition"> Executive Summary: Oracle9i Application Server Release 2 Enterprise Edition

Usability Good
Capability Excellent
Performance Excellent
Interoperability Good
Manageability Good
Scalability Good
Security Good
Oracles application server will appeal to those developing custom portals with business intelligence or wireless components or those writing internal integration systems, as the product includes pre-integrated packages that address these areas. It also is one way to get Oracles database-based file system, IFS. Compared with competitors, its load balancing offers fewer options when deploying more complex clusters.


Oracle pricing is in the market midrange—$10,000 per CPU for just the application server components or $20,000 per CPU for application server plus caching, data integration, data analysis, click stream analysis, reporting, forms and LDAP directory.

(+) Provides a large set of add-ons missing from rival systems (or provided at extra cost); flexible, full-featured Web cache; click stream analysis provides detailed site usage reports; new XML and packaged application integration features.

(-) Offers only round-robin load balancing; single-sign-on features dont work with IFS component; EJB clustering doesnt scale up well as the number of machines in the cluster increases; doesnt support warm or hot database failover.

  • BEAs WebLogic
  • IBMs WebSphere
  • Suns Sun Open Net Environment Application Server
  • www.oracle.com/ip/deploy/ias

    Timothy Dyck is a Senior Analyst with eWEEK Labs. He has been testing and reviewing application server, database and middleware products and technologies for eWEEK since 1996. Prior to joining eWEEK, he worked at the LAN and WAN network operations center for a large telecommunications firm, in operating systems and development tools technical marketing for a large software company and in the IT department at a government agency. He has an honors bachelors degree of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a masters of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.

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