Geekspeak: September 24, 2001

By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2001-09-24 Print this article Print

Database Drivers Bypass Oracle Libraries for Speed

When building and deploying OBDC-based applications, IT staff must make sure needed Open Database Connectivity drivers and vendor-supplied client libraries are also installed before the application will work. Merant Solutions DataDirect Connect ODBC 4.0, which shipped this month, simplifies that application deployment process by removing the need to deploy vendor-supplied database connection libraries for Oracles databases.

DataDirect Connect speaks Oracles native wire-level protocol, meaning no Oracle client installation is needed to connect to Oracle databases. This design also speeds performance over other ODBC drivers for Oracle (including Oracles own) that go through the extra step of converting ODBC calls to Oracles native Oracle Call Interface calls and then using Oracles native libraries.

DataDirect Connect continues to include native wire protocol drivers for IBMs DB2 and Informix, Microsofts SQL Server, and Sybases Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise databases.

The drivers cost $99 per client license or $4,000 per CPU when used on a server. They are available on Windows and several Unix operating systems.

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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