Oracle releases next database
New version is significant upgrade from Oracle 10g platform, and has over 400 new features.

By Joab Jackson

Oracle has released the next version of its flagship database management system, Oracle 11g. The company claims the new version of the software is a significant upgrade from the Oracle 10g platform, and has over 400 new features.

"Our customers are facing the challenges of rapid data growth, increased data integration and data connectivity IT cost pressures," said Andy Mendelsohn, Oracle senior vice president of database server technologies, in a statement. "Oracle Database 11g delivers the key features our customers have asked for."

Among the new features are:

Ari Kaplan, president at the Independent Oracle Users Group, said he felt most excited about the vault features, noting that no other commercial database has this capability. The IOUG, a global organization of Oracle users, offered input when Oracle designed the upgrade.

Oracle 11g will be made available later this summer for Linux clients, though no word has been given yet when it will be available for Microsoft Windows platforms.

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