Oracle9i consists of two large products focused on application deployment: the Oracle9i database and Oracle9i application server. This represents a considerable simplification, especially when compared to the 80 or so point products that Oracle Corporation has been offering for years. Consistent with this is the philosophy behind both Oracle8i and Oracle9i releases of a "few large servers," not dozens of small ones. In fact, an ongoing trend seen in Oracle9i is that Oracle Corporation has been moving many of its point products, and creating or acquiring new ones, such that they are now inherently part of the Oracle9i or iAS product packages.
With two products to plug together, instead of several, Oracle9i promises to reduce time and cost of integration and configuration tasks that implementers must perform. Certified configurations (where purchasers acquire computer hardware from Compaq, Hewlett Packard or Sun Microsystems with Oracle9i already installed and configured) further reduce integration and configuration tasks. The tight integration of the Oracle9i database and iAS enables flexible configurations where application developers decide on a per-deployment basis whether application logic should run in the database or in the application server based on how tied the logic is to data or user-interface operations.
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