Oracle's much delayed 8i Internet database is now in production and will be available shortly, local officials said yesterday.
Brett Hannath, Oracle's regional marketing manager for database and servers, said 8i was in production on Sun Microsystems' Solaris platform and would be available in the next two to four weeks on Hewlett-Packard's HP-UX and in up to six weeks for Microsoft 's Windows NT.
Oracle plans to attack the Windows NT market and Microsoft's SQL Server traditional stronghold with 8i, Hannath said. Traditionally, Oracle has owned the high-end database market, while SQL Server has been convincing in the small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) space. With both Oracle and Microsoft's latest database releases, the vendors are aggressively targeting the other's territory.
Hannath said 8i would enrich a company's data storage. He said research showed just 1 percent of a company's data was typically stored in its database. Hannath said that 8i's storage abilities meant more data could be easily stored in the database.
In other announcements yesterday, Oracle launched an aggressive attack on the Windows NT market and committed to porting its entire product line to Linux.
"All our core technologies will be available on the Linux platform in six months' time," said Jason Fedder, Oracle's regional marketing manager for Intel solutions. "We're taking it very seriously."
He said Linux represented the biggest threat to the Microsoft operating system monopoly. Fedder added that 8i for Linux would be available by the end of April.