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Oracle Announces DBMS V6.1 (DBMS only)
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REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., March 1, 1995 - Oracle Corp. announced the immediate availability of its CODASYL-compliant network database product, Oracle CODASYL DBMS V6.1. This product was formerly known as DEC DBMS and was acquired by Oracle as part of the Rdb product family. This version brings added power and performance to large scale applications such as manufacturing and shop floor control.


"Consilium has had a long history of DBMS support with our MES application, WorkStream," said Edward O'Rourke, WorkStream Lead Product Manger, Consilium Inc., Mountain View, CA. "As our WorkStream customer base is primarily comprised of DBMS users, we are indeed pleased that Oracle is committed to the active support of the product."


This release builds on the reputation of previous versions by offering increased high availability and throughput required by applications, such as WorkStream. In addition, powerful system management features preserve the stability needed in production environments. "Our customers must be constantly up and running; otherwise they are loosing money," said Chuck Rozwat, Vice-President Oracle Rdb [and DBMS] Products Division. "The new features offer significant reduction of downtime with dramatic improvements in performance and reliability."


A major enhancement supporting this demand is multiversioning support which facilitates the upgrade process in production environments. The new version of Oracle CODASYL DBMS database can be installed and tested, while the older version continues in production, thus reducing downtime usually associated with such an upgrade.


"The fact that our clients can use the new multiversioning feature to perform 'rolling upgrades' of their DBMS environment will mean they can transition to this new version sooner and with more confidence," said Bryan Holland, owner of Software Concepts International, Nashua, NH, the leading supplier of DBMS expertise.


"It is clear that Oracle is listening to and responding to the needs of DBMS customers," continued Mr. Holland. Significant improvements have been made to the database verification routine. Based on methodologies proposed by Software Concepts International, an option to that routine allows it to perform a verification in significantly less time than in earlier versions. "Our experience shows that this optimization of DBO/VERIFY runs 5 to 10 times faster than previous versions," added Mr. Holland. "And at the same time, customers get a more thorough verification with improved diagnostics which helps them in maintenance tasks."


The database statistics package has also been significantly enhanced to provide detailed information on the real-time usage of database resources. The RELOAD AREA utility can be used to split a database area into more manageable pieces in a shorter period of time than previous versions. Together, these features will allow knowledgeable DBAs to fine-tune the database environment.


Other recent enhancements include the SQL interface to Oracle CODASYL DBMS through the DB Integrator Gateway from Digital Equipment Corporation. This gateway allows users to directly access their DBMS databases using many of the popular front-end tools designed to use SQL.


Oracle CODASYL DBMS is available now on OpenVMS for Digital VAX and AXP platforms. This product can be purchased through Oracle for both named user and concurrent usage. The product can also be ordered through Digital Equipment Corp.


Oracle Corp., a $2 billion company with headquarters in Redwood Shores, Calif., is the world's leading supplier of information management software. Oracle develops and markets Oracle Media Server and the Oracle7 family of software products for database management; Cooperative Development Environment (CDE), a complete set of tools for enterprise-wide, client/server application development; and Oracle Cooperative Applications, packaged client/server solutions for accounting, manufacturing, distribution, human resources and project control. Oracle software runs on personal digital assistants, PCs, workstations, minicomputers, mainframes, and massively parallel computers. The company offers its products, along with related consulting, education and support services in more than 90 countries around the world.


Consilium is the leading supplier of manufacturing execution systems (MES) software and services. For more than 15 years, the company has been helping World Class companies achieve manufacturing Best Practices and stronger business performance through better visibility and control of their manufacturing operations. With its WorkStream and FlowStream product lines, Consilium has helped 50,000 users in 20 countries solve critical business problems by providing solutions that optimize manufacturing performance. Found in 1987, and headquartered in Mountain View, CA, Consilium's customers include such Global Fortune 200 companies as Baxter Health Care Corporations, E.I. DuPont de Nemours, Intel, and Philips N.V.


Software Concepts International is a computer consulting and software development firm specializing in Digital Equipment Corporation computer applications. SCI is the leading authority on Oracle CODASYL DBMS-based applications. Clients include Fortune 100 corporations spanning several industries including aerospace, insurance, electronics, automotive, precision optics, super-computing, software development and environmental engineering.


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