Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison wasn't giving away any secrets this week at the opening in Paris of the Oracle developers conference, but he has added a few details about his company's NC Server 1.0 software.
NC Server is a multi-tasking operating system and includes Oracle's database, messaging and Web server technology, Ellison says, adding that the OS only runs on Intel architecture systems.
Oracle's offering will compete with Windows NT, Ellison says.
"The problem with NT is that you have all these configuration choices ... (Windows NT has) a million and one configurations, incredible complexity. ... We think the problem is not limited to a ridiculously complicated ... desktop machine. That's complemented by an absurdly complex server. We have this non-configurable server, called NC server, you also just plug it in like an appliance," Ellison says.
Oracle used the opening of its developers conference to launch J/SQL, which as expected will be available on Oracle 8 at the end of the second quarter 1997. J/SQL is a stored procedure language, similar to Oracle's PL/SQL. J/SQL programs will run in the client , in the application tier and in the database tier, according to Oracle officials.
Oracle does not see J/SQL as a proprietary extension of the Java language.
"Although it is Oracle's extension, we would like to get other people to use it the way they do PL/SQL," says Steve Garnett, vice-president of marketing and alliances for Oracle in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Oracle has also announced that Oracle Web Application Server 3.0 and Oracle's Merchant Server, called Project Apollo, have gone into beta-testing in Europe and the US.