Saturday, September 27, 2008

Oracle Open World 2008

Last week, I was in San Francisco, California attending Oracle Open World 2008. It was an event organized by Oracle to show case their latest suite of Information Technology tools. The Oracle tool set ranged from existing open source technologies with new functionality to the umber fast Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) called Exadata. The EXADATA is a Hewlett Packard (HP) and Oracle product which couples Oracle's RDBMS to some heavy duty hardware from HP. The sessions I attended and which I enjoyed were around the topic of Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) governance. Here are some cool things I saw:

  • Using SQL Developer, you can migrate any major database to Oracle.

  • RDFS/OWL Semantic Database - Cool stuff and we are getting closer to WEb 3.0

  • Oracle Times-Ten - An in-memory database. It is used for caching and it can be accessed via SQL/PL SQL

  • Oracle Coherence - Used in caching in a grid architectured system. It can interact with various Java Virtual Machines (JVM). This is cool stuff.

No question Oracle has acquired or created some new tools however it is to be seen how they maintain these products. Overall I give Kudos to Oracle for setting up this event. It was a successful event!

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