Oracle made no news for Oracle Database 11g at Oracle's OpenWorld conference in San Francisco, but launched the Oracle Beehive Collaboration Platform, shook up the Data warehouse market with the HP Oracle Database Machine and licensed Oracle Database 11g, Fusion Middleware and Oracle Enterprise Manager products for Amazon Web Services in the cloud.
Oracle OpenWorld 2008 is wrapping up today after a week chock-full of news.
The conference, which brought some 43,000 people to downtown San
Francisco, included several announcements around
Oracle's application and database products. Here are some of the highlights:
Oracle Beehive Collaboration Platform
Oracle announced the launch of the Oracle Beehive collaboration platform
with much fanfare. Initially introduced in May, Beehive is aimed at integrating
enterprise communications, and can tie together e-mail, calendars, instant
messaging and conferencing applications on one platform.
No News on Oracle Database 11g
Oracle remained mum on the details of Oracle
Database 11g Release 2
, despite speculation the company would make an
announcement about the product. Instead, company officials revealed only they
were establishing a beta program, and more details about actual features would
HP Oracle Database Machine
Oracle and HP teamed to release the HP
Oracle Database Machine
, a hardware product aimed at disrupting the data
warehousing market. At the center of the product is the Exadata Storage Server,
which supports up to 12 terabytes of raw storage and includes querying
technology Oracle officials say enhances performance. The hardware will be
manufactured exclusively by HP.
Oracle's Head in the Amazon Cloud
Oracle announced a number of initiatives around cloud computing. First, it agreed
Oracle Database 11g, Fusion Middleware and Oracle Enterprise
Manager products for Amazon Web Services' Elastic Compute Cloud. Oracle
also announced a partnership with Intel to push for the expansion of standards
such as the Open Virtual Machine Format to speed enterprise adoption of cloud
Oracle WebCenter Suite
The company launched the Oracle WebCenter Suite. The product suite combines
technology from Oracle Fusion Middleware and BEA Systems, which Oracle acquired
earlier this year. It includes the Oracle WebCenter Framework, a range of
content and communications services, such as wikis or blogs that can be embedded
directly into existing portals and applications, and Oracle WebCenter
Interaction (formerly BEA AquaLogic User Interaction). The suite also features
Oracle WebCenter Anywhere and the Oracle WebLogic Portal.
Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle VM
and the Oracle Insurance Vertical
Other announcements included new versions of Oracle E-Business Suite and
Oracle VM and the creation of a new business unit focused on the insurance
market. A complete
of all the announcements Oracle made is available on its Web site,
as are videos of the keynote presentations.