Oracle Unveils New Data Integration Applications

Oracle introduces Oracle GoldenGate 11g and Oracle Data Integrator Enterprise Edition 11g, two data-integration products meant to further buttress its Oracle Fusion Middleware line.

Oracle is unveiling Oracle GoldenGate 11g and Oracle Data Integrator Enterprise Edition 11g, new additions to its Oracle Fusion Middleware line. Oracle GoldenGate 11g offers real-time data integration for mission-critical systems, while Oracle Data Integrator Enterprise Edition 11g allows for efficient loading and transformation of data within the data-warehouse context.

Oracle is also releasing Oracle Data Quality for Data Integrator 11g and Oracle Data Profiling 11g, part of its Data Integration product line, which is meant to ensure accurate information across complex systems.

Oracle GoldenGate 11g introduces support for additional data types and is certified for operational reporting solutions on Oracle Applications such as Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle PeopleSoft and Oracle JD Edwards. Oracle Data Integrator Enterprise Edition 11g, meanwhile, extends support for heterogeneous systems, in addition to interoperability enhancements such as SAP applications and extended APIs that can embed within custom applications.

"Oracle GoldenGate 11g and Oracle Data Integrator Enterprise Edition 11g deliver better and broader support for Oracle and non-Oracle environments," Hasan Rizvi, senior vice president of Oracle Fusion Middleware and Java, wrote in a Sept. 9 statement.

That product news seems relatively sedate compared with the high-stakes drama under way in the company's executive suite. Oracle announced former Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd as its new co-president Sept. 6, only to see HP retaliate with a lawsuit alleging that the hire violated confidentiality provisions in Hurd's severance agreement.

Hurd resigned from HP in August, following accusations that he falsified expense reports to hide a personal relationship with a contractor. During his five years at HP, Hurd was credited with streamlining the company's business and completing a number of large acquisitions-not to mention plotting HP's strategy against Oracle.

"Mark Hurd agreed to and signed agreements designed to protect HP's trade secrets and confidential information," HP wrote in a statement. "HP intends to enforce those agreements."

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison responded to HP's legal action with a verbal barrage of his own, insisting in a statement posted on Oracle's Website that the lawsuit would damage the quarter-century partnership between the two companies.

"Oracle has long viewed HP as an important partner," he wrote. "By filing this vindictive lawsuit against Oracle and Mark Hurd, the HP board is acting with utter disregard for that partnership, our joint customers, and their own shareholders and employees. The HP Board is making it virtually impossible for Oracle and HP to continue to cooperate and work together in the IT marketplace."

Even as Oracle prepares its powder and cannons for what promises to be a colorful battle, the company is steadily working to increase its presence as a complete IT solutions provider. On Sept. 8, Oracle announced updates to the Solaris operating system, including a new version of its clustering software and additional tools and compilers for application development; the company obtained Solaris as part of its recent acquisition of Sun Microsystems.