Oracle is shipping new e-commerce software for the Linux
The database software giant today will ship a new Linux-based version of its
application server software that
helps businesses create e-commerce Web sites. The software processes Web
transactions and serves as a traffic cop between a Web browser and a back-end database.
Like rival software makers IBM, the Sun-Netscape Alliance, Sybase and
Informix, Oracle has been adding support for Linux throughout its product family. Oracle had previously released Linux versions of its business software, such as
financial, human resources and customer service applications, as well as of its 8i database.
As previously reported,
Oracle's new application server offers several new features, including
caching, which speeds the delivery of Web content to an Internet surfer. It
also includes data analysis
tools to help managers and executives make better business decisions.
Oracle has already released the new version of the application server for
the Unix operating system and is a few weeks away from shipping a version
for Windows, said Bob Shimp, an Oracle marketing director.
The company today also announced new marketing agreements with Linux
sellers Caldera, VA Linux Systems, TurboLinux and SuSE. The Linux firms
will offer their customers a free CD containing sample
versions of Oracle's database and application server for Linux.
Oracle prices its software based on a power unit rating which measures overall server performance. The Oracle application server enterprise edition costs $30 per power unit, while the standard edition costs $5 per power unit. The wireless edition costs $150 per power unit or $95 per user.
For Oracle, 1 MHz on an Intel processor equals 1 power unit. For RISC
processors, 1 MHz equals 1.5 power units, a company spokeswoman said. A "power unit" is Oracle's method for determining the size and power of