|Oracle8 Getting to Know Oracle8 and the Oracle8 Enterprise Edition
The Oracle data server has been designed to meet the requirements of the network computing era. To ensure that the Oracle data server is appropriate for both small, departmental applications and enterprise-wide computing, it is offered in two configurations:
Both Oracle8 and the Oracle8 Enterprise Edition provide reliable and secure data management for applications ranging from small departmental applications to high-volume on-line transaction systems, or query-intensive data warehouse applications. They also provide the tools for systems management, the flexibility to distribute data efficiently, and the scalability for optimal performance from computing resources.
As information systems evolve toward an open, network-based architecture, they must operate in multi-tier, multi-platform environments. Oracle's open, standards-based Network Computing Architecture (NCA) enables companies to spend less time struggling with administration and more time deploying solutions. At the heart of NCA are Oracle8 and the Oracle8 Enterprise Edition, the next generation of the Oracle data server.
Oracle8 is intended for smaller implementations and provides cost-effective and easy-to-use functionality. Most importantly, because Oracle and the Oracle8 Enterprise Edition are based on the same code, it is easy to migrate an application from Oracle8 to the Oracle8 Enterprise Edition should you need that product's more powerful feature set and greater scalability. Also, Oracle8 and the Oracle8 Enterprise Edition can coexist in the same distributed environment and transparently communicate.
With many high-end features, the Oracle8 Enterprise Edition is intended for larger systems. It can support tens of thousands of users, with virtually no limits on the type or amount of data stored. The Oracle8 Enterprise Edition can be deployed for local, line-of-business applications, or its new, high-availability features can be used to support 7x24x52 operations. It also supports applications based on both the relational and the object-relational models.