Oracle last week accused Informix of coming to market too quickly with Universal Server, as it attempted to re-establish its own credibility following slippages in the release of the next major version of its relational database.
Gerrald Held, senior vice president for server technology at Oracle, conceded that Oracle 8, which has been in beta since August, will not ship until June 1997. But he quickly went on the offensive, accusing Informix of rushing out the release of Universal Server.
"They (Informix) shipped only six weeks after the database went into beta," claimed Held. In contrast, he said Oracle 8 was going through a test period of between six and nine months.
"You cannot expect people to trust a database that hasn't been thoroughly tested," he said, adding: "Informix is very good at putting words on paper." He also said Informix was "barely" available on one platform. "When Oracle 8 ships, we will release on all platforms."
"This is vindictive of a company that has failed to deliver Oracle 8 for the last four years," said Barbara Stanley, marketing director, Informix, Northern Europe.
Playing down the lateness of Oracle 8, Held described the latest 7.3 release as very important. "We really should have called it Oracle 8," he said.
Oracle 8, when it finally arrives, will offer new multimedia and extensible data types, support for the object relational database model and for the SQL 3 relational database query language. Held said such features would allow developers to treat complex pieces of information, such as a purchase order, as a single object.
He added that core business areas of the database will also be improved in Oracle 8, including faster access and better support for transaction processing and data warehouses. "The size of database in Oracle 8 will go to between 10 and 100 terabytes." Other new features include support for server management, back-up and recovery.
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