View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. Technology
April 2, 1996

ORACLE OFFERS UNIVERSAL SERVER AS STOPGAP FOR ONE-YEAR DELAY IN GETTING MULTIMEDIA ORACLE8 TO MARKET

By CBR Staff Writer

Oracle Corp has released its Universal Server family (CI 2860) in an attempt to cover the fact that its true multimedia database – Oracle8 – has been delayed by a year . Oracle confirmed that it has had to delay by one year its Oracle8 definitive multimedia database (CI 2866) that reads all objects, whether video, audio or tabular, as objects. The intended result is that Oracle8 will be the database that sits at the other end from the $500 Network Computer promoted by Oracle’s chief, Larry Ellison. The intermediate result is Oracle7 release 7.3, which is the core relational component of the Universal Server. Dubbed by Oracle an ‘all-purpose server,’ the Universal Server has licensing options so it can be tuned to suit different types of data. The Oracle Video option is designed to enable business users simultaneously to access full-motion, real-time, full-screen video and audio from the same application over a standard switched Ethernet and FDDI networks. Potential applications include video help systems and internal multimedia training. The company is shipping a Web- enabled database with the Server and bundling a developer’s release of ConText, its text retrieval and management engine. These will enable companies to deploy Web-enabled applications, the company said. A Network Component option addresses issues of security by encrypting the information that goes across the network, whether internally or externally when it bridges the company’s firewalls. The Universal Server does not have an open application programming interface set so third parties will not be able to write additional components themselves to add value to the Server. We prefer to deliver integrated management of different styles of data ourselves, said an Oracle spokesperson. But this means if someone comes up with a new data-handling need that requires a new licensable component, Oracle will have to race to develop it itself. For the majority of applications demanded today, we can deliver all that is needed, the spokesperson concluded.

Content from our partners
Scan and deliver
GenAI cybersecurity: "A super-human analyst, with a brain the size of a planet."
Cloud, AI, and cyber security – highlights from DTX Manchester

Websites in our network
Select and enter your corporate email address Tech Monitor's research, insight and analysis examines the frontiers of digital transformation to help tech leaders navigate the future. Our Changelog newsletter delivers our best work to your inbox every week.
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • CISO
  • CSO
  • CFO
  • CDO
  • CEO
  • Architect Founder
  • MD
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Other
Visit our privacy policy for more information about our services, how Progressive Media Investments may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.
THANK YOU