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Oracle Releases 9i Application Server

Today at its Oracle Open World conference Oracle Corp. released the second version of its Internet Application Server (iAS) – recently renamed Oracle 9i Application Server. Although the first release of 9i came out in June, the company says the latest iteration is full of new capabilities, one of which was called Web Cache and is now known as Oracle 9i Application Server Cache.

The Oracle 9i Cache promises to take the stress off of Web sites – offering improved performance, scalability, and availability. Cache relieves the Web site by storing frequently accessed pages in memory. By combining cache and load balancing Oracle (www.oracle.com) says it can service up to 7,500 HTTP requests per second on a single two-CPU machine.

“The Oracle Web Cache takes the load off the back end server and accelerates the Web site. Instead of putting in 100 server applications, you can reduce that by putting Web Cache in front of it,” says Scott Clawson, director of Internet platform marketing at Oracle.

Cache allows companies to deploy dynamic Web pages either locally or globally. 9i also allows users to cache dynamically generated Web pages within the application server, regardless of the technology – Java Server Pages or Microsoft Active Server Pages.

Some of the other new functions in 9i include improvements on the Oracle Portal, systems management, and business intelligence tools. Also included is a new Enterprise Manager (OEM) – that offers single console management for all the components of the 9i Internet platform. The OEM offers a single management environment.

“It’s powerful to look at one console and figure out where the problems are,” Clawson says.

9i Application Server is currently available. Alicia Costanza

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