Oracle released on Monday an update of its mobile database, which is used to connect to corporate information stored on Oracle database servers.
With Oracle Database Lite 10g, which costs $100 per named user, Oracle has changed the management tools so that an administrator can fix problems remotely from a central point. The new version also downloads data from Oracle servers automatically, rather than requiring an end user to install the database manually, said Jacob Christfort, vice president of product development for voice and wireless at Oracle. Oracle is taking a deliberately different tack than mobile-database market-share leader Sybase, said Chirstfort. Rather than build tools to synchronize data on mobile devices with several different back-end databases as Sybase does, Oracle is seeking to optimize its mobile database for Oracle servers. It is also focusing development primarily in server-side tools for easier management and administration, he said.