Oracle plans 10i database launch for September

Oracle plans to announce the next version of its database software in September at the OracleWorld event in San Francisco, a company executive said Wednesday.

The product, referred to as Oracle10i, is a major upgrade from Oracle 9i, the current version of Oracle's database software. The new release will focus on manageability, increased capacity, expanded clustering support and will include grid computing features. Oracle 10i also will add new support for XML (Extensible Markup Language) and Web services, Oracle has said.

"We are very focused on giving customers a fully integrated and easy to manage product...You will see that in September around 10i," Oracle Executive Vice President Safra Catz said in a meeting with financial analysts at Oracle's headquarters in Redwood Shores, California.

Catz's presentation focused mainly on Oracle's acquisition strategy. Company spokespeople at the analyst meeting were tightlipped about the new database version, although Oracle did share some details at last year's OracleWorld.

The new version of the database software is currently in beta. Pricing for the final product, which should be out within a few months after the September announcement, will likely not be much different from pricing for 9i, sources close to Oracle said. Final naming for the product has not been decided.

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