Hardware, software and services suppliers spent most of Tuesday scrambling to secure their seat on the Oracle8 bandwagon as it set off from the new database?s official launch at the Radio City Music Hall in New York.
A bewildering array of statements of support came from all sectors of the IT industry as Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison announced the simultaneous global release of Oracle8 on all Oracle-supported platforms.
On the hardware front, most attention was focused on Sun Microsystems which claimed record Transaction Processing Performance Council benchmark results for the new software running on an Ultra Enterprise 10000 server.
Sun boasted that it was the first open systems vendor to perform a one terabyte TPC-D and that its performance results were 148 per cent higher than comparable tests by NCR. It also claimed a 61 per cent price performance improvement. Clark Masters, general manager of Sun?s Data Centre and High Performance Computing Group, said: "The throughput we have demonstrated is equivalent to reading 3,100 novels per second."
Silicon Graphics announced that with effect from August of this year it will begin shipping Origin 2000 enterprise servers with Oracle8 integrated into them to address increased scalability needs of data warehousing customers. "We can raise the ceiling," said Ron Bernal, senior vp of SGI?s Scalable Information Systems. "The Oracle8 automatic parallelisation and symmetric multiprocessing scalability features closely match the hardware architecture of our Origin servers."
In other announcements, Data General and Sequent both said their Numa-based server products would support Oracle8, the former with its AV 20000 system and the latter with its Numa-Q 2000 family of servers.
The uncertain future of Oracle?s own Sedona development tool - which was supposed to be optimised to develop applications for the object-relational Oracle8 - left room for third parties such as object oriented tools supplier Forte to step in with claims of support for the new database. Ironically Sedona was at one time positioned as a Forte-killer by some Oracle executives.
Oracle itself continued to insist that its relational tools Developer2000 and Designer 2000 provide "unlimited, unrivaled, optimised support for Oracle8", although this is presumably only the case as long as all developers wish to do is produce relational rather than object relational applications.
Computer Associates committed UnicentreTNG to Oracle 8, Compuware said "many" of its products would be extended to support the new database and Novell announced support on IntranetWare. On the services front, Perot Systems and MCI Sytemshouse were first to market with their endorsements.
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