Oracle Unveils Oracle(R) Berkeley DB Release 4.5

Developers Gain Improved Performance, Availability and Ease of Use with

Newest Release of Open Source, Embeddable Database

Sep 27, 2006, 01:00 ET from Oracle

    REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., Sept. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Oracle
 (Nasdaq:   ORCL) today announced the general availability of Oracle(R)
 Berkeley DB Release 4.5, which includes new features that greatly improve
 performance, availability and ease-of-use for developers of
 mission-critical systems. Oracle Berkeley DB Release 4.5 now supports
 multi-version concurrency control, non-stop upgrades for replicated
 environments and a pre-built replication framework to simplify development
 of highly available applications.
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     "Camiant's world class Policy Server platform has been chosen for
 deployment by the most demanding broadband operators to prioritize service
 delivery based on a combination of subscriber requests, application needs
 and network status, dynamically," said Ed Delaney, Vice President,
 Marketing and Business Development at Camiant. "By embedding Oracle
 Berkeley DB in the Camiant Policy Server platform, we are able to deliver a
 system with the robust carrier-class performance, scalability and
 availability that our customers demand."
     Oracle Berkeley DB Release 4.5 is quickly becoming the database of
 choice for open source and commercial developers who need to embed a fast,
 reliable, transactional storage engine within their high-performance
 applications. Oracle Berkeley DB is part of Oracle's strategy to provide
 developers with a broad range of embeddable products to meet the diverse
 needs of the embedded industry. Oracle's comprehensive embeddable product
 line also includes Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database, Oracle Database Lite
 10g, Oracle Database 10g and Oracle Application Server 10g. Oracle's
 embedded initiative allows Independent Software Vendors and Original
 Equipment Manufacturers to integrate technology directly into software
 applications, devices and equipment.
     "The latest release of Oracle Berkeley DB reflects Oracle's commitment
 to providing both open source and commercial developers with choice and
 flexibility through the continued innovation and development of this open
 source, embeddable database," said Rex Wang, vice president Embedded
 Systems Marketing, Oracle. "This version adds compelling new features,
 reduces complexity and helps developers build and deploy applications
 requiring fast, reliable storage without human administration."
     Key Enhancements in Oracle Berkeley DB Release 4.5
     Key enhancements in Oracle Berkeley DB Release 4.5 deliver improved
 performance and availability, and make it easier for developers to build
 highly available applications.
     * Multi-Version Concurrency Control -- improves performance of highly
 concurrent, mixed read/write systems by giving each user their own
 "snapshot" of the database and managing concurrent changes by many users.
     * Non-stop Upgrades -- enables a replicated Oracle Berkeley DB system
 to be upgraded without downtime. For customers that must maintain 99.999
 percent system uptime, this allows them to upgrade the Oracle Berkeley DB
 database without taking down the entire system.
     * Replication Framework -- provides a pre-built and supported set of
 functions for quickly building replicated or highly available systems,
 simplifying and accelerating their development effort.
     "Forrester estimates the current open source database market to be $400
 million, which includes support, services, and licenses, and forecasts that
 it will reach $1 billion by the end of 2008," writes Noel Yuhanna, Senior
 Analyst for Application Development and Infrastructure Research Group at
 Forrester. "Oracle's Berkeley DB offers good DBMS features and
 functionality, with broad support for embedded databases, in both market
 share and technology innovation." (The Forrester Wave: Open Source
 Databases, Q2 2006, Forrester Research, Inc., June 2006).
     Availability and Pricing
     Oracle Berkeley DB Release 4.5 is generally available under a dual
 license. A no-cost open source license permits redistribution if the
 application using Oracle Berkeley DB is open source. A commercial license
 is available for redistribution of proprietary applications. Oracle
 Berkeley DB is available for download at: . Terms, conditions,
 and restrictions apply.
     About Oracle Berkeley DB
     Oracle Berkeley DB is the most widely used open source database in the
 world with deployments estimated at more than 200 million. Oracle Berkeley
 DB, Oracle Berkeley DB Java Edition, and Oracle Berkeley DB XML are open-
 source databases (also available under commercial licenses) that provide
 developers with fast, reliable, local persistence with little or no
 administration. Oracle Berkeley DB provides very high performance,
 reliability, scalability, and availability for application use cases that
 do not require the overhead of SQL.
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