Oracle Announces New Clustered File System for Linux; Furthers Commitment To Making Linux Enterprise Ready

New Open Source Code for Linux Available on Oracle Technology Network

Aug 14, 2002, 01:00 ET from Oracle Corporation

    LINUXWORLD, SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
 (  Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq:   ORCL), the
 world's largest enterprise software company, today announced further
 commitment to Linux by releasing -- for the first time -- Oracle source code
 for a new cluster file system on Linux. Members of Oracle's online community,
 Oracle Technology Network (OTN), may immediately download a developer's
 release from The new cluster file system for Linux will
 help Oracle9i Real Application Clusters customers simplify management of
 clustered database systems. As the first company to offer a commercially
 available database and application server for Linux, Oracle today reaffirms
 its leadership in meeting developer demand for products on Linux and
 underscores the company's commitment to Linux as a low-cost, reliable,
 enterprise ready platform.
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     "By contributing source code for the Oracle cluster file system under the
 General Public License, Oracle accelerates the development of key
 enterprise-class clustering technologies into the Linux kernel and helps build
 a truly open solution in this fast growing area," said Alan Cox, Systems
 Engineer and Fellow at Red Hat. "This announcement reinforces Oracle's strong
 commitment both to Linux and to building the best Internet software available
 for the open source community."
     According to industry analyst firm International Data Corp. (IDC), Linux
 is the fastest growing platform and is expected to grow 174 percent to
 $5.9 billion by 2006. This projection, along with the high rate of Linux
 downloads recorded off OTN show widespread support for Linux among the
 development community. Software download statistics from OTN echo this
 continued momentum. In the past year, requests for Oracle's database and
 application server software on Linux have increased twelve-fold. Since its
 release in June 2002, more than 68,000 copies of Oracle9i Database Release 2
 on Linux have been downloaded from OTN.
     "Over the years, Oracle has been working closely with the Linux community
 to make Linux a scalable and reliable platform for running enterprise-class
 databases," said Andrew Mendelsohn, senior vice president of Database
 Technologies at Oracle Corporation. "The release of our cluster file system
 code to the open-source community is another major step in this direction. We
 see high demand for our products on Linux and will continue to ensure that all
 our products run extremely well on the Linux platform."
     Cluster File System for the Linux Enterprise
     Oracle's new cluster file system available on the low-cost Linux platform
 enables Oracle9i Real Application Clusters customers to easily build and
 manage files in a clustered environment. Available with Oracle9i Database
 Release 2, system administrators now can use semantics to manage large data
 files and extend files, while at the same time maintaining high availability,
 reliability and performance. Previously, Database Administrators (DBAs) were
 required to use raw disks to implement Oracle9i Real Application Clusters on
 Linux, which proved to more complex and costly.
     Linux Resources Now Available on OTN
     To date, more than 733,000 downloads of Oracle's technology products for
 Linux have been recorded from Oracle's developer network, Oracle Technology
 Network (OTN). Membership to OTN is free by visiting
 Developers interested in downloading open source code for the cluster file
 system on Linux can do so by visiting the Community Code Service Center on
 OTN. Members also can visit the Linux Center to download Oracle's latest
 database, application server and development tools as well and learn from
 in-depth expert technical information on building and deploying enterprise
 ready systems based on Oracle technology on Linux.
     Members of OTN may immediately download a developer's release of the
 cluster file system off General availability will be
 ready within 60 days.
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