Oracle9i Application Server First in Market to Support New Technology That Speeds Internet Content Delivery

New Release of Oracle9i Application Server to Implement ESI Specification That

Helps Dramatically Reduce Hardware Costs for High-Performance Web sites

And Internet Applications



Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Oracle Corporation

    REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., April 30 /PRNewswire/ --
 ( http://www.oracle.com/tellmemore/?679253 ) Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq:   ORCL), the
 largest provider of software for e-business, today announced that it has
 enhanced the built-in Web caching capability of its Oracle9i Application
 Server (Oracle9iAS) to support a proposed new open specification that will
 increase the amount of Internet content that can be cached, speed the
 performance of business Web sites and applications and help dramatically
 reduce infrastructure costs.  The new technology, called Edge Side Includes
 (ESI), will enable Oracle9iAS customers to cache Web pages that previously
 could not be cached by any content delivery product, helping to serve more
 content to end users faster.  ESI was introduced today in a joint announcement
 with Akamai Technologies, Inc. (see related press release for full details).
 Oracle9iAS will be the first application server in the industry to implement
 this new technology.
 
     ESI To Extend Oracle9iAS Caching Capability
     Caching is a technology that allows frequently accessed Web pages to be
 stored in memory on low-cost commodity hardware.  The use of caching software,
 such as the Web cache built into Oracle9i Application Server, helps to
 dramatically improve Web site response times and allows companies to support
 large numbers of users without spending more for costly hardware upgrades.
 Oracle9iAS was already the only application server on the market to offer
 built-in page caching for accelerating Web site performance.  However, until
 now no caching solution or content delivery network could quickly process
 pages that included a mix of static and dynamic content.  ESI enhances the
 efficiency of caching and provides a standardized way for developers to enable
 pages that feature both static and dynamic content to be cached.  As a result,
 Oracle9iAS customers are expected to see unprecedented improvements to Web
 site performance while driving down infrastructure costs even further.
     "Historically, application servers have been optimized for delivery of
 simple content, but inefficient when it came to dynamically created content,"
 said Peter Christy, Research Fellow, Jupiter Research (Los Altos).  "That
 forced content providers to pick between the cost-efficiencies of static
 content, and the impact of dynamic content.  Last year, through the innovative
 use of reverse-proxy caching, Oracle9i Application Server very significantly
 improved the cost-effectiveness of dynamic content.  Now with support of ESI,
 and leveraging the resources of Content Delivery Networks, Oracle raises the
 bar further, providing an innovative software and service solution to what
 used to be a brute force hardware problem."
 
     Seamless Interoperability Across the Network
     Web sites and applications that make use of ESI can be deployed on
 application servers or content delivery networks that are ESI-enabled.  With
 Oracle support for this new technology, developers who build ESI-enabled
 applications will be able to deploy them immediately on Oracle9i Application
 Server.  Going forward, these same developers will be able to leverage the
 content management tools, syndication servers, and content delivery networks
 that are expected to standardize on ESI as the common way to manage the
 dynamic assembly of Web pages for faster delivery.  For example, an
 ESI-enabled J2EE application running on Oracle9i Application Server will be
 able to seamlessly take advantage of Akamai's global network of over
 10,000 ESI-enabled content delivery servers.
     "By being the first to incorporate ESI into an application server, Oracle
 has found yet another way to help our customers reduce the complexity and
 costs of developing and deploying e-business applications," said Rene
 Bonvanie, VP of Product Marketing, Oracle9i.  "Oracle9i Application Server
 with support for ESI breaks through the limitations that caching previously
 presented and enables the percentage of cacheable content to go up, while
 driving IT costs down."
 
     Pricing and Availability
     Oracle9i Application Server with support for ESI is scheduled to be
 available next month.  Oracle9i Application Server costs $5 per Universal
 Power Unit for the Standard Edition, $30 per Universal Power Unit for the
 Enterprise Edition and $150 per Universal Power Unit for the Wireless Edition.
 Oracle JDeveloper, part of Oracle Internet Developer Suite, will enable the
 development of ESI-compliant Java applications.  Both products will be
 available for purchase through the Oracle Store ( http://store.oracle.com ).
 
     About Oracle
     Oracle Corporation provides the software that powers the Internet.  For
 more information about Oracle, please call 650-506-7000.
 
     Trademarks
     Oracle is a registered trademark and Oracle9i is a trademark or registered
 trademark of Oracle Corporation.
 
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SOURCE Oracle Corporation
    REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., April 30 /PRNewswire/ --
 ( http://www.oracle.com/tellmemore/?679253 ) Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq:   ORCL), the
 largest provider of software for e-business, today announced that it has
 enhanced the built-in Web caching capability of its Oracle9i Application
 Server (Oracle9iAS) to support a proposed new open specification that will
 increase the amount of Internet content that can be cached, speed the
 performance of business Web sites and applications and help dramatically
 reduce infrastructure costs.  The new technology, called Edge Side Includes
 (ESI), will enable Oracle9iAS customers to cache Web pages that previously
 could not be cached by any content delivery product, helping to serve more
 content to end users faster.  ESI was introduced today in a joint announcement
 with Akamai Technologies, Inc. (see related press release for full details).
 Oracle9iAS will be the first application server in the industry to implement
 this new technology.
 
     ESI To Extend Oracle9iAS Caching Capability
     Caching is a technology that allows frequently accessed Web pages to be
 stored in memory on low-cost commodity hardware.  The use of caching software,
 such as the Web cache built into Oracle9i Application Server, helps to
 dramatically improve Web site response times and allows companies to support
 large numbers of users without spending more for costly hardware upgrades.
 Oracle9iAS was already the only application server on the market to offer
 built-in page caching for accelerating Web site performance.  However, until
 now no caching solution or content delivery network could quickly process
 pages that included a mix of static and dynamic content.  ESI enhances the
 efficiency of caching and provides a standardized way for developers to enable
 pages that feature both static and dynamic content to be cached.  As a result,
 Oracle9iAS customers are expected to see unprecedented improvements to Web
 site performance while driving down infrastructure costs even further.
     "Historically, application servers have been optimized for delivery of
 simple content, but inefficient when it came to dynamically created content,"
 said Peter Christy, Research Fellow, Jupiter Research (Los Altos).  "That
 forced content providers to pick between the cost-efficiencies of static
 content, and the impact of dynamic content.  Last year, through the innovative
 use of reverse-proxy caching, Oracle9i Application Server very significantly
 improved the cost-effectiveness of dynamic content.  Now with support of ESI,
 and leveraging the resources of Content Delivery Networks, Oracle raises the
 bar further, providing an innovative software and service solution to what
 used to be a brute force hardware problem."
 
     Seamless Interoperability Across the Network
     Web sites and applications that make use of ESI can be deployed on
 application servers or content delivery networks that are ESI-enabled.  With
 Oracle support for this new technology, developers who build ESI-enabled
 applications will be able to deploy them immediately on Oracle9i Application
 Server.  Going forward, these same developers will be able to leverage the
 content management tools, syndication servers, and content delivery networks
 that are expected to standardize on ESI as the common way to manage the
 dynamic assembly of Web pages for faster delivery.  For example, an
 ESI-enabled J2EE application running on Oracle9i Application Server will be
 able to seamlessly take advantage of Akamai's global network of over
 10,000 ESI-enabled content delivery servers.
     "By being the first to incorporate ESI into an application server, Oracle
 has found yet another way to help our customers reduce the complexity and
 costs of developing and deploying e-business applications," said Rene
 Bonvanie, VP of Product Marketing, Oracle9i.  "Oracle9i Application Server
 with support for ESI breaks through the limitations that caching previously
 presented and enables the percentage of cacheable content to go up, while
 driving IT costs down."
 
     Pricing and Availability
     Oracle9i Application Server with support for ESI is scheduled to be
 available next month.  Oracle9i Application Server costs $5 per Universal
 Power Unit for the Standard Edition, $30 per Universal Power Unit for the
 Enterprise Edition and $150 per Universal Power Unit for the Wireless Edition.
 Oracle JDeveloper, part of Oracle Internet Developer Suite, will enable the
 development of ESI-compliant Java applications.  Both products will be
 available for purchase through the Oracle Store ( http://store.oracle.com ).
 
     About Oracle
     Oracle Corporation provides the software that powers the Internet.  For
 more information about Oracle, please call 650-506-7000.
 
     Trademarks
     Oracle is a registered trademark and Oracle9i is a trademark or registered
 trademark of Oracle Corporation.
 
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