Oracle has launched its Internet Application Server and the third generation of its Oracle 8i database.
The iAS takes requests from the Web and provides connectivity to an entire range of back-end systems.
Oracle says because databases cannot interpret commands written in HTML, the application server works as a translator.
Oracle's iAS includes Internet and e-business technologies such as portals, development tools and business intelligence software in an application server.
Oracle iAS offers caching technology which off-loads consistent query commands from the databases and stores them in a localised cache, maximising performance.
Customers can run portions of the applications on iAS and leave more data-centric pieces on the database for optimal performance.
Oracle 8i Release 3 incorporates Java and XML technologies, plus triple Data Encryption Standard (Triple DES) for enhanced data protection.
IDC research analyst Carl Olofson says the release offers a common security model, messaging Java, XML and transactional capabilities across both the database and application server ties.
"This ultimately speeds development and deployment of Oracle-based e-business applications and eliminates many of the integration headaches faced by customers with time-to-market or competitive concerns," he says.