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Oracle Monday unveiled major upgrades to its application and database servers, and also made public enterprise management software to back up its push for more automated systems.

Oracle Monday unveiled two major upgrades to its application and database servers along with enterprise management software to back up its push for more automated systems.

The products are scheduled to roll out to the public by year end.

The new products are being embraced by many in the industry, including Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems, Veritas, and Topspin, all of whom are pledging their loyalty to Oracle’s improved products.

Many of those firms have also introduced utility or on-demand product strategies and road maps, so Oracle’s decision to produce infrastructure software that supports such services is no surprise.

Leading the trio of new offerings is Oracle 10g Database, which picks up where 9i left off. However, according to Richard Sarwal, vice president for server manageability and performance, in addition to the usual speed bumps in availability, scalability, and performance, the new database offers unprecedented degrees of manageability in three key areas: storage management, memory management and performance management — all facets Sarwal acknowledged Oracle has weathered the most criticism about in the past.

Like the revamped database, Oracle 10g Application Server makes management of applications running in a grid computing environment much easier. The software boasts enhanced integration and Web services capabilities to help enterprises deal with changes in their business environment on the fly.

New workload management perks in the software are policy-based, which lets IT workers shift computing resources as needed.

The added integration capabilities allow enterprises to use one product to address application-to-application, business-to-business, and Web services integration. This means organizations can draw from one single well of information in dashboard-like fashion.

With a nod to the importance of Web services going forward, 10g Application Server takes a more straightforward approach to developing and managing both Web services and composite applications.

The final announcement was Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g, a product designed to manage Oracle grids. System administrators can enforce policies, manage service levels, and rebalance computing resources and applications as business requirements change. It comes preconfigured and ready to use.

Oracle Grid Control, which is also part of this suite, helps customers monitor and manage grid infrastructures, from databases and applications to storage, within one console.

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