Oracle Corporation (Nasdaq: ORCL) this week announced the availability of its Oracle8i for Linux, a database designed specifically for the Internet that could end up being widely utilized by e-commerce operations.
The company commented that the release comes after “a successful early adopter’s program,” with over 50,000 downloads of Oracle8i from the Oracle technology Network. There has been approximately 20,000 early access registrants for Oracle8i predominantly within the developer community, and a large number of enterprise and mid to small-sized business paying customers on the first day of availability.
Customers Who Have Sought Out The Oracle
“Until the availability of Oracle database on Linux, we either had to rely on NT or use one of the shareware database servers available for Linux,” commented Oracle customer Jonathan August, president and CEO of Interconnection, Inc., a web-hosting and e-commerce solutions provider. “Neither solution provided the security, performance, manageability and reliability required by our customers.”
“Oracle on Linux combines enterprise level reliability, scalability and performance with a free, robust and well supported operating system,” added Nick Marden, technical director of e-commerce for Xoom.com, an e-commerce provider.
The Oracle Speaks
“Oracle is committed to bringing superior technology to the Linux community,” stated Chuck Rozwat, senior vice president of Server Technologies at Oracle. “Oracle8i on Linux comes with both Java and XML built right in,” and “together they offer the most cost-effective way to deploy scalable Internet applications.”
A supplier of software for information management, Oracle is the world’s second largest software company.
Unify Corporation (Nasdaq: UNFY) this week added to the e-commerce/Linux push with the announcement of the availability of its Unify VISION AppBuilder and AppServer. Additionally, both products are certified on Red Hat Linux 5.2, and will be available for Red Hat’s Linux 6.0 release towards the end of summer.
“Unify products bring enterprise level computing power to Linux,” commented John Davis, vice president of business development for Unify. “Unify recognized early that Linux would become a leading OS (operating system) for businesses and has developed leading application server products to meet the demand.”
Unify VISION AppBuilder is designed, according to the company, to create and modify application components. The Unify VISION AppServer for Linux assist companies and organizations in the creation of e-commerce and Internet solutions.
“Unify provides the essential framework for business-to-business e-commerce solutions,” added Davis. “Unify offers Linux-based alternatives that can significantly decrease time to market, reduce cost of operation, and ultimately increase profits for businesses seeking to move into the Internet and e-commerce arena.”
Linux is an OS based on Unix that was created in 1991 by Linus Torvalds– hence its name — as an alternative to Windows. Fine-tuned by a legion of programmers and hackers, Linux has a significant advantage over a certain OS market dominator — it runs on open-source code.