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Oracle Lifts Lid On 10g Database Upgrade

The Oracle 10g Release 2 database is slated to hit beta next month and ship in the first half of next year, an Oracle executive said Tuesday.

This "incremental" upgrade will sport updated Automatic Storage Management (ASM) perks including automated backup to tape and enhanced storage virtualization, said Andy Mendelsohn, senior vice president of database server technologies for Oracle, Redwood Shores, Calif. The current database supports automated backup to disk.

Also on deck is better data provisioning, including enhanced support for transportable tablespaces, Mendelsohn told reporters at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco.

In ten-month-old 10g Release 1, transportable tablespaces enable a DBA to move pieces of a database from platform to platform, but this new facility will enable them to move the entire database from Linux to Windows or vice versa "within minutes," he said.

The database, which will initially ship on Windows and Linux, and then on the rest of the supported platforms, will also give users the option of using SQL X or XML Query to access XML data. Native XML support and querying of XML data has proven a bone of contention between database giants Oracle, Microsoft and IBM, all of which claim to have the best support for XML data within their relational databases.

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