After a lengthy silence, Oracle this week finally decided to outline the online transaction processing (OLTP) enhancements planned for the Oracle 8 database.
The move came amid rumours that the product?s shipment date has slipped again from mid-year to November, and that when it finally does arrive, much of the promised object functionality will have been stripped out to offer little more than enhanced binary large object (blob) support.
This, of course, was hotly denied by Oracle itself, although it was still not prepared to detail what object support is scheduled.
Andy Bailey, the company?s UK product marketing manager, said: ?We?re still on track for a mid-year announcement, we?re not late. But there?s more to Oracle 8 than just objects. It?s a major enhancement, and if we started talking about objects now, everything else would have been swamped on the radar screen. Over the next few months, we?re going to talk about the significant developments, and OLTP just happens to be the first.?
Oracle 8?s object support was promised to the world by Larry Ellison, the firm?s chairman, in 1993, for shipment a year later. But the world is still waiting, despite the fact that Oracle?s arch-rival Informix started shipping its object/relational hybrid at the start of this year.
On the OLTP side, Oracle plans to add server-based queueing, which means transactions can be processed without having to wait for prior transactions to finish. Availability has been enhanced via database partioning, whereby tables are spread across multiple disks, so they can be used even if the disk crashes.
Backup and recovery will be managed by the database server, so the system only backs up what is needed that day, and parallel replication has been added to speed up data transfer.
A graphical version of the Oracle Enterprise Manager for database management will also be sold separately from Oracle 8, while a new version of the Net 8 network management product will enable users to log on to multiple databases remotely or via the Web via a single sign-on.
Delays to the roll-out of age verification for adult websites hasn't stopped government from considering extending them to more websites
Bluehole confirms rumours that Playstation 4 port is coming on 7 December
Atmospheric iodine works as a significant sink of tropospheric ozone, nullifying the harmful pollutant
A temperature rise of just 1.8° C would melt major ice sheets