This section describes Oracle Ultra Search new features, with pointers to additional information. It also explains the Oracle Ultra Search release history.
Oracle Ultra Search is in maintenance mode; that is, no new features are implemented in Ultra Search since Oracle Database 10g Release 1 (10.1).
Oracle Ultra Search has been deprecated in Oracle Database 11g Release 1 (11.1) and with the next release of Oracle Database, Oracle Ultra Search will not be shipped.
In March of 2006, Oracle launched Oracle Secure Enterprise Search. The main difference from Ultra Search is that Oracle Secure Enterprise Search provides strong support to search secure documents, and it is a standalone, easy-to-use product, and does not depend on the database.
Oracle Secure Enterprise Search includes significant new functionality and will continue to be enhanced. Consider moving to Oracle Secure Enterprise Search if you want the following:
Secure access to data sources (Oracle SES supports numerous repositories including Business Objects, Cognos, FileNet, NTFS, Documentum Content Server and eRoom, Lotus Notes, Oracle Calendar, Oracle Content Database, Oracle E-Business Suite, OracleAS Portal, Open Text Livelink, Microsoft Exchange, MicroStrategy, and Siebel)
Added functionality, such as spell-checking, suggested links, alternate keywords
Advanced secure search capabilities, such as query-time authorization and document-level access control
Web services access to the search engine
Ability to seamlessly integrate with third-party directory and authentication servers, such as Microsoft Active Directory
A simple, intuitive search interface
Oracle Ultra Search is currently released only with Oracle Database. Previously, release numbers varied by Oracle product, and Oracle Ultra Search took its version number from the vehicle in which it was packaged. Therefore, later version numbers may actually be earlier versions of the product. For example, Oracle Ultra Search 9.2.0 is an older release than Oracle Ultra Search 9.0.4.
The following table shows the Oracle Ultra Search versions in increasing order:
|Oracle Ultra Search Version||Release Vehicle|
|Oracle Ultra Search release 8.1.7||Oracle database version 8.1.7|
|Oracle Ultra Search release 9.0.1||Oracle9i release 1 (9.0.1)|
|Oracle Ultra Search release 9.0.2||Oracle9iAS release 2 (9.0.2)|
|Oracle Ultra Search release 9.2||Oracle9i release 9.2|
|Oracle Ultra Search release 9.0.3||Oracle Collaboration Suite 9.0.3|
|Oracle Ultra Search release 9.0.4||Oracle Application Server release 10g (9.0.4)|
|Oracle Ultra Search release 10.1||Oracle Database 10g and Oracle Application Server 10g|
Note:Beginning with release 10g, the Oracle Ultra Search backend version is always the same as the database version.
For OracleAS releases, the Oracle Ultra Search version number is the same as the version of the database used in the Metadata Repository. However, there is an exception to this: If your Metadata Repository is Oracle9i release 9.2, then you will have Oracle Ultra Search release 9.0.4.