Monday, September 22, 2008

Overview of the Charles Phillips keynote

I posted this during the keynote itself, but here's a little more detail about the Charles Phillips portion of this morning's keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2008.

Phillips' presentation was divided into four major segments:

  • Industry (vertical) applications

  • ERP/CRM (horizontal) applications

  • Middleware

  • Database
For the industry applications segment, Phillips (along with Bhaskar Gorti) drilled down into the telco industry, and argued that a series of acquisitions since 2004 (TimesTen, Siebel, Portal, BEA, etc.) allowed Oracle to provide a nearly-complete solution to telcos. After discussing the Application Integtration Architecture, Charles and Bhaskar introduced the Chief Information Officer from KPN (according to @vendorprisey, he was Jan Muchez), who talked about time to market and speed of delivery.

Chuck Rozwat was brought onstage to discuss the next three segments: ERP/CRM, fusion middleware, and database. Rozwat noted that the new horizontal applications (I believe they were announced last year if I remember correctly) are built from the ground up, built on standards, and have a new user interface.

After briefly mentioning the availability of tools for the forthcoming Fusion Middleware release (11g), Charles and Chuck moved on to Oracle Beehive. My previous post didn't do it justice; take a look at Mike Gotta's notes on Oracle Beehive (and other keynote topics). The one thing that they didn't demonstrate was versioning on a document in the shared workspace; although all of the changes to the document are apparently audited, I don't know if it's possible to recreate a previous version of the document.

In the database end, there is a version that was announced, there are larger optimized warehouse configurations (up to 100 TB), a new in-memory database cache, and support for a database in a cloud. Presumably more will be said at Andy Mendelsohn's session later today.

They closed with a live demo of Oracle VM, during which they killed one of two VM servers to demonstrate high availability failover within (in this case) 40 seconds. They also mentioned a 100 MB mini version of Linux, available for embedding.

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