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Oracle Unveils Oracle(R) Berkeley DB Release 4.5


Thursday, September 28, 2006; 06:34 AM

Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL) announced the general availability of Oracle® Berkeley DB Release 4.5, which includes new features that greatly improve performance, availability and ease-of-use for developers of mission-critical systems. Oracle Berkeley DB Release 4.5 now supports multi-version concurrency control, non-stop upgrades for replicated environments and a pre-built replication framework to simplify development of highly available applications.

"Camiant's world class Policy Server platform has been chosen for deployment by the most demanding broadband operators to prioritize service delivery based on a combination of subscriber requests, application needs and network status, dynamically," said Ed Delaney, Vice President, Marketing and Business Development at Camiant. "By embedding Oracle Berkeley DB in the Camiant Policy Server platform, we are able to deliver a system with the robust carrier-class performance, scalability and availability that our customers demand."

Oracle Berkeley DB Release 4.5 is quickly becoming the database of choice for open source and commercial developers who need to embed a fast, reliable, transactional storage engine within their high-performance applications. Oracle Berkeley DB is part of Oracle's strategy to provide developers with a broad range of embeddable products to meet the diverse needs of the embedded industry. Oracle's comprehensive embeddable product line also includes Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database, Oracle Database Lite 10g, Oracle Database 10g and Oracle Application Server 10g. Oracle's embedded initiative allows Independent Software Vendors and Original Equipment Manufacturers to integrate technology directly into software applications, devices and equipment.

"The latest release of Oracle Berkeley DB reflects Oracle's commitment to providing both open source and commercial developers with choice and flexibility through the continued innovation and development of this open source, embeddable database," said Rex Wang, vice president Embedded Systems Marketing, Oracle. "This version adds compelling new features, reduces complexity and helps developers build and deploy applications requiring fast, reliable storage without human administration."

Key Enhancements in Oracle Berkeley DB Release 4.5

Key enhancements in Oracle Berkeley DB Release 4.5 deliver improved performance and availability, and make it easier for developers to build highly available applications.

* Multi-Version Concurrency Control -- improves performance of highly concurrent, mixed read/write systems by giving each user their own "snapshot" of the database and managing concurrent changes by many users.

* Non-stop Upgrades -- enables a replicated Oracle Berkeley DB system to be upgraded without downtime. For customers that must maintain 99.999 percent system uptime, this allows them to upgrade the Oracle Berkeley DB database without taking down the entire system.

* Replication Framework -- provides a pre-built and supported set of functions for quickly building replicated or highly available systems, simplifying and accelerating their development effort.

"Forrester estimates the current open source database market to be $400 million, which includes support, services, and licenses, and forecasts that it will reach $1 billion by the end of 2008," writes Noel Yuhanna, Senior Analyst for Application Development and Infrastructure Research Group at Forrester. "Oracle's Berkeley DB offers good DBMS features and functionality, with broad support for embedded databases, in both market share and technology innovation." (The Forrester Wave: Open Source Databases, Q2 2006, Forrester Research, Inc., June 2006).

Availability and Pricing

Oracle Berkeley DB Release 4.5 is generally available under a dual license. A no-cost open source license permits redistribution if the application using Oracle Berkeley DB is open source. A commercial license is available for redistribution of proprietary applications. Oracle Berkeley DB is available for download at: Terms, conditions, and restrictions apply.

About Oracle Berkeley DB

Oracle Berkeley DB is the most widely used open source database in the world with deployments estimated at more than 200 million. Oracle Berkeley DB, Oracle Berkeley DB Java Edition, and Oracle Berkeley DB XML are open- source databases (also available under commercial licenses) that provide developers with fast, reliable, local persistence with little or no administration. Oracle Berkeley DB provides very high performance, reliability, scalability, and availability for application use cases that do not require the overhead of SQL.

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