Oracle boosts application server

Looking to assuage integration headaches for users, Oracle Corp. is pushing an enhanced application server that it claims will help further cut the costs and challenges of splicing together disparate applications.

Yesterday at its OracleWorld user show here, the Redwood Shores, Calif.-based software vendor showcased the Oracle9i Application Server Version 9.0.4. While the company historically has tried to sell users on remaining as Oracle-centric as possible, it said 9iAS offers customers a single platform to handle the integration of applications and business and Web services technologies.

Among its enhancements, 9iAS will have improved support for the Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) Connector Architecture 1.0, an industry-standard specification to integrate application servers and enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management and legacy software. 9iAS also supports SOAP 2.2, Universal Description Discovery Language and Web Services Description Language for Web services. It can also exploit Web services for integration functions.

Oracle 9iAS 9.0.4 will be available in the first half of next year.

In addition, Oracle this week announced that companies buying a Hewlett-Packard Co. HP-UX or ProLiant-based server would receive a full-use license for the core J2EE server in the 9iAS product.

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