Oracle, Apple Plug 10g on Mac OS X

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2004-06-03 Print this article Print

On an international road show, the companies aim to present the platform as cost-effective, robust and easy to maintain.

Executives at Oracle and Apple are taking to the highway in a series of international road shows to introduce Oracle Database 10g on Mac OS X Server, which is Apples Unix-based server operating system. When Apple Computer Inc. announced its Xserve G5 in January, Mark Milani, vice president of the Platform Technologies division at Oracle Corp., issued a statement saying that the Redwood Shores, Calif., database giant was in the process of rolling out an OS X version of the database. "The power of the new Xserve G5 and the flexibility of Oracle Database 10g running on Apples Unix-based Mac OS X Server will deliver our joint customers a very compelling, cost-effective, scalable and reliable database solution," Milani said at the time.
The road show begins June 8 and includes stops in Reston, Va.; Apples hometown of Cupertino, Calif.; and venues in Paris and London that are already sold out. The road show finishes up July 10 in Tokyo.
For insights on the Mac in the enterprise, check out Executive Editor Matthew Rothenbergs Weblog. According to Apples seminar site, the events are targeting customers who are looking for a "lower-cost, easier-to-maintain platform" and Apple customers who are looking for a robust database solution. The site says the road shows are also designed for system integrators, value-added resellers and ISVs looking to exploit the market for grid computing. An Apple spokesman said Apple and Oracle have yet to make any public announcements about Oracle 10G on Mac OS X besides the road shows, but that availability and details would be forthcoming shortly. Oracle is no stranger to the Macintosh platform: Oracle9i already runs on Mac OS X. Check out eWEEK.coms Database Center at for the latest database news, reviews and analysis.

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Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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