Oracle Collaboration Suite Outsourcing Offers Customers Predictable Cost Model, Enhanced Productivity and Reduced IT Management Overhead

Oracle Corporation announced the availability of Oracle Collaboration Suite Outsourcing, a service that gives customers the option of having Oracle manage and maintain Oracle-based e-mail and other collaboration software as an outsourced service – often lowering costs of managing Oracle software by 50 percent. Oracle Collaboration Suite Outsourcing is structured with a predictable cost model and provides customers relief from Microsoft Exchange and IBM Lotus pain points – which can include downtime, security and reliable integration.

According to Ferris Research, Inc., the typical costs associated with e- mail, virus downtime and spam diversion are $36 per user per month for Microsoft Exchange and $27 per user per month for Lotus Notes. With Oracle Outsourcing's proactive service model and the unbreakable Oracle9i infrastructure, these costs can be reduced with Oracle Collaboration Suite Outsourcing.

Reinforcing its competitive cost and reliability advantages, Oracle Collaboration Suite Outsourcing benefits customers with enhanced support services, scalability and access to the latest collaboration and communication functionality, including calendar, real-time conferencing capabilities, e-mail, file system support, voice mail and workflow. Delivered as a service, Oracle Collaboration Suite Outsourcing provides integrated technologies, including integrated voice access and Ultra Search capabilities, on a centralized database that streamlines productivity across the enterprise and can scale to manage high levels of messaging.


New Release of Oracle9i Application Server Lowers Cost of Integration

At OracleWorld, Oracle Corp. announced the next major release of Oracle9i Application Server, which includes new integration components designed to further lower integration costs and enable enterprises to use a single platform to address application-to-application, business-to-business and Web services integration. Based on an open-standards architecture, Oracle9i Application Server is the industry's only application server to feature built-in integration technology. With the new enhancements, Oracle9i Application Server will allow companies to leverage the middle tier as the single hub of integration. For example, an enterprise deploying both Oracle and PeopleSoft applications and a third-party database can utilize Oracle9i Application Server Integration to cost-effectively unify the data and processes across the three disparate products. Oracle has also garnered strong support from systems integrators and today announced that BearingPoint (formerly KPMG Consulting) and Deloitte & Touche are developing integration practices around Oracle9i Application Server Integration (see separate releases).

According to recent CIO surveys by Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, application integration is the top pain point for enterprise CIOs. Until now, enterprise integration needs were addressed with a variety of disparate and expensive products, increasing their overall cost and complexity. With enhanced integration capabilities and an open architecture, the new release of Oracle9i Application Server will provide enterprises and systems integrators with a single platform for integration.


Oracle Unveils Management Tool to Provide User-Centric Performance Monitoring and Management

Oracle Corp. announced at OracleWorld the next release of Oracle Enterprise Manager, which will allow information technology (IT) managers to proactively ensure all components of their infrastructure operate to their best capacity – databases, Web and application servers, business applications, Web services, operating systems, hardware platforms, storage devices and the network. Now including an HTML management console, Oracle Enterprise Manager 4.0 provides end-to-end application performance monitoring and management from a user-centric perspective, allowing IT managers and system integrators to know precisely the performance that their Web users are experiencing, diagnose the cause of performance bottlenecks and implement recommended solutions to the problem. With its ability to monitor the health of an infrastructure, Oracle Enterprise Manager can also provide proactive reports to IT managers, enabling them to address network infrastructure glitches before they occur.

Oracle Enterprise Manager solves the complexity of managing today's multi- tier, heterogeneous IT environments with an advanced repository-based architecture. With a complete view of an IT infrastructure, organizations can more efficiently manage, monitor and configure the entire enterprise, set controls to automatically implement system patches to maintain a predetermined level of support, increase quality of service and system intelligence, and reduce overall management costs.

Oracle Enterprise Manager provides a single console to manage and monitor the Oracle infrastructure, including the Oracle database, Oracle9i Application Server and its components, operating systems, hardware platforms, and the network.


Oracle Announces Oracle9i Production Support for the Intel Itanium Processor Family

Oracle Corp. announced at OracleWorld the first production release of a commercially available database designed for the Intel Itanium processor family, with proven performance. Oracle9i Database on Itanium 2-based systems running HP-UX will be generally available by the end of the year. Additionally, Oracle is announcing Oracle9i Application Server Release 2 Developer's Preview for Microsoft Windows on Itanium 2-based systems, which is now downloadable for 64-bit Windows from the Oracle Technology Network.

Oracle has experienced significant interest from the developer and business community with a record of 2,500 downloads in the last 90 days from Oracle Technology Network for developer releases of Oracle9I Database on Linux, HP-UX and Windows for Itanium 2-based systems. Oracle has had a beta program for Oracle9i Database on Microsoft Windows .NET 64-bit Edition running since July 2002. Production availability for Oracle9i Database on Linux and Windows for Itanium 2-based systems is expected early 2003.


Oracle Sets World Record in SPECjAppServer2001

Oracle Corp. announced new SPECjAppServer2001 results for Oracle9i Application Server. SPECjAppServer2001 is a new industry standard benchmark designed to measure the performance of J2EE application servers. Oracle9i Application Server's SPECjAppServer2001 results prove it is the fastest application server on Linux with the best price/performance. These results follow Oracle's previous record breaking ECperf results.

The following results for Oracle9i Application Server are the best SPECjAppServer2001 results published to-date. To ensure its results are relevant to a majority of customers, Oracle focused its benchmarking efforts on high throughput dual and multi-node configurations. Furthermore, Oracle results included multiple Linux configurations to meet the growing customer need for relevant benchmark information to size Linux systems for application server deployments.

  • Dual Node on Dell:189.63 BOPS (average number of successful business operations per second) with a price of 506.61 $/BOPS on Dell PowerEdge 6650 servers running with Oracle9i Application Release 2 and the Linux operating system;
  • Multiple Node on HP: 558.85 BOPS with a price of 389.54 $/BOPS on HP's ProLiant ML530G2 Cluster servers running with Oracle9i Application Server Release 2 and the Linux operating system;
  • Multiple Node on Sun: 1476.81 BOPS with a price of 1540.03 $/BOPS on Sun Microsystems' SunFire V880 servers running with Oracle9I Application Server Release 2.0 the Solaris operating system.

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