Oracle has unveiled the latest release of its 9i Application Server optimised for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Server 2003.
Developer preview versions of the software, dubbed Oracle9iAS Containers for J2EE, can be downloaded free from Oracle's developer community website here.
Oracle9i Application Server features full J2EE 1.3 support, built-in enterprise portal software, high-speed caching, business intelligence, rapid application development, business integration and tools for web services.
The vendor said that, with the inclusion of .Net interoperability and Windows platform support, Oracle9i Application Server offers customers a cost-effective way to combine J2EE and .Net in their IT infrastructures.
It allows J2EE-based web services on Oracle's platform to be invoked from .Net web services clients, while Oracle developers can invoke .Net web services from their J2EE applications.
"Oracle9i Application Server is the most advanced application server available for developing and deploying J2EE applications that interoperate with Windows," said Thomas Kurian, senior vice president of Oracle9i Application Server development.
The database giant promised that full production versions of Oracle9i Application Server for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows Server 2003 will ship with upcoming releases of the product.
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