Oracle Girds 10g for the Grid

Oracle is releasing Wednesday its Oracle Application Server 10g, its first app server to support grid computing, as well as a preview of Oracle JDeveloper 10g.

Oracle Corp. Wednesday is expected to announce the release of its Oracle Application Server 10g, the companys first application server to support grid computing.

"Were releasing the first grid-capable application server this week, the Oracle Application Server 10g, which includes nearly 600 new features," said Robert Shimp, vice president of technology management at Oracle. "Its a major release for us."

Officials at the Redwood Shores, Calif., company said Oracle has been working on a grid solution in its research groups for the last couple of years and has been using grid technology internally. Oracle first discussed Oracle Application Server 10g at its OracleWorld conference in San Francisco in September.

The Oracle Application Server 10g features advanced business integration features and support for the Web Services Interoperability Organizations (WS-Is) standards.

Shim said Oracle has added business process management technology in the application server, and it features a service-oriented architecture development platform.

Pricing for the system is $5,000 per processor for the Java edition, $10,000 per processor for the standard edition and $20,000 per processor for the enterprise edition, Shim said.

Oracle supports the Open Grid Services Architecture (OGSA) and the Open Grid Services Infrastructure (OGSI) standards, which are focused on developing a grid systems architecture based on Web services, company officials said

Part of Oracles strategy for the Oracle Application Server 10g includes Web services management features to foster reuse of applications and services. The new grid-based Oracle application server features an upgrade of the Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF), which is a services-based framework for building reusable services for applications.

In addition, with the new Oracle 10g platform, users will be able to run existing applications without having to optimize them for the grid, the company said.

With this new release, Oracle officials said the company took the product through more than 11,000 beta testing hours and 87,000 hours of live deployment. In addition, Oracle Application Server 10g and related technologies incorporate more than 100 patented and patent-pending features, they said. And, they added, Oracle has also led or participated in the creation of more than 100 Web services and Java standards through the Java Community Process (JCP).

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