New Oracle9i Release Coming Next Week

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2002-05-07 Print this article Print

Oracle Corp. is heading into the final stretch for Release 2 of its flagship Oracle9i database with versions of it becoming available next week.

Oracle Corp. is heading into the final stretch for Release 2 of its flagship Oracle9i database with versions of it becoming available next week, company officials said. Release 2 initially will be available on Sun Solaris for download to members of its online Oracle Technology Network, or OTN, at during the week of May 13, the company said. The availability for other supported platforms, such as Unix and Microsoft Windows, should follow within about a day or so, and Oracle9i Release 2 should become available for sale within a few days after its OTN release, a company spokeswoman said. The release should begin reaching manufacturing at the end of this week, she said.
Oracle detailed the dates as part of an announcement Monday that is has opened registration on OTN for its Early Access Program, where database administrators and developers can be among the first to try out the new release.
Oracle9i Release 2, which Oracle is hoping will help boost its slumping database sales and propel upgrades from early versions, is adding additional capabilities in such areas as business intelligence, native XML support, self-manageability and availability.
Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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