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Oracle9i Application Server

Oracle Delivers Superior Performance And Scalability With Latest Release Of Oracle9i Application Server

*** New Oracle9iAS Features Breakthrough J2EE Performance, Enhanced Integration Support and Innovative Caching Technology for E-Business Applications and Web Services ***

Oracle, the largest provider of software for e-business has announced that the newest release of Oracle9i Application Server (Oracle9iAS) now offers ultimate J2EE application performance and the most extensive feature set available. With this, its third major application server update in the past year, Oracle continues to advance the industry's most complete application server, surpassing competitors who now lag behind in Java performance and extended middleware capabilities. The new Oracle9iAS offers support for emerging web services standards, enhanced integration capabilities and innovative new Java and web caching technologies that dramatically reduce hardware requirements for high-volume Internet business applications. As a result, Oracle9iAS gives customers everything they need to run their business-critical web sites and applications, and enables them to slash hardware costs and integrate applications more economically than ever before.

"By adding significant Java enhancements to Oracle9i Application Server, Oracle has made its J2EE application server an even more competitive offering. These enhancements reinforce Oracle's position as one of the leading application server vendors today," said Steve Garone, program vice president, International Data Corporation (IDC). "Essentially, by enabling companies to scale with software as opposed to hardware, Oracle is providing a cost-effective software solution to what has been a costly hardware problem."

** Oracle9iAS Leapfrogs Other Leading Application Servers in Java Capabilities ** Oracle9i Application Server is targeted at the rapidly growing number of developers using Java for e-business application development and deployment. Since the release of the Internet Application Server last June, nearly 2 million downloads have been recorded by the Oracle Technology Network. In the past six months alone, 16 of the Fortune 20 companies have chosen Oracle9iAS to help run their businesses. With its powerful new J2EE environment, Oracle9iAS has an extremely lightweight Java footprint, requiring less memory than any of the other leading application servers; 20 megabytes of RAM in comparison to IBM's requirement of 512 megabytes; and superior scalability. In fact, the new release of Oracle9iAS consistently outperforms other leading application servers on tests that measure Java performance for Enterprise JavaBeans (EJBs), servlets and JavaServer Pages.

"We are extremely pleased with Oracle9i Application Server's new Java capabilities," said Derek Mathieson, principal software engineer, Internet Development Services, CERN. "Oracle9iAS is easy to install and configure, and twice as fast as another leading application server we tested."

** New Features Make Oracle9iAS Even More Complete ** In addition to the Java performance and scalability improvements, the new version of Oracle9i Application Server is enhanced by the following new features:

* Comprehensive Integration Infrastructure that links applications, data and partners, enabling organisations to integrate and optimise Internet business processes. New integration features in Oracle9iAS, including automated business flows, business process-driven integration, adapters for third-party packaged applications, support for emerging web services initiatives and enhanced systems management enable e-businesses to realise the full potential of their business applications while reducing reliance on costly tools and consulting services.

* SOAP Support for Web Services. Support for Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) allows customers to access and invoke dynamic web services through Oracle9iAS. The de-facto standard protocol for web services transport, SOAP provides a mechanism to exchange XML documents and data over the Internet, and to publish information and application functionality as web services. Oracle developers can take advantage of the SOAP support in Oracle9iAS and the powerful XML programming features in Oracle JDeveloper to build and deploy web services that can be accessed from intranets or the Internet.

* ESI-Enabled Caching. With support for Edge Side Includes (ESI), a proposed open industry standard for dynamic web content caching, Oracle9iAS enables dynamic Java applications to serve up to 85 times more users than would be possible on the same hardware without ESI-enabled caching. This means customers can save significantly on the hardware infrastructure required to run dynamic, high-volume web sites. Oracle9iAS is the first application server in the industry to provide support for ESI.

"As a professional services company we are always looking for new ways to increase the value technologies can bring our customers," said Kendall Kunz, president and CEO, Aris Corporation. "With Oracle9i Application Server, Oracle has given us an effective way to bring technologies together in one integrated and open enterprise solution and extend the value to all constituents of the enterprise."

"The new version of Oracle9iAS improves upon the industry's most complete and best performing application server," said Thomas Kurian, vice president of product development for Oracle9iAS. "With the new Java and integration enhancements in Oracle9i Application Server, Oracle offers the best platform in the industry for building and deploying dynamic web sites and transactional business applications."


** About Oracle9i Application Server Oracle solves the IT challenge of integrating fragmented middleware products to run an e-business by providing one product that can replace more than 10 separate point products from other vendors. Oracle9i Application Server features full J2EE support, built-in enterprise portal software, high-speed caching, business intelligence, rapid application development, application and business integration, web services and more; all in one package. Oracle's extensive investment in application server research and development has enabled the company to deliver a new lightweight J2EE engine and extended caching capabilities that allow companies to save on infrastructure costs by scaling with software instead of hardware.

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