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ANTs Compatibility Server Migrates Legacy Applications

ANTs Software, a member of the Oracle PartnerNetwork and a developer of high-performance SQL data management systems, is releasing the ANTs Compatibility Server (ACS), a tool for consolidating disparate databases.

The ANTs Compatibility Server is a database virtualization middleware layer through which a Sybase legacy application can run transparently against an Oracle database with few or no changes. Queries, functions, stored procedures, and other functionality from the legacy Sybase application run natively on the ANTs Compatibility Server, which also connects natively to the target Oracle database.

"With this product, you no longer need the Sybase database," says Cesar Rojas, senior director of product marketing, ANTs Software. "You have no more costs for Sybase licensing or for Sybase support. Your whole application runs within the Oracle database, so you get added benefits like Oracle Real Application Clusters and Oracle's superior security and performance." At the end of 2007, ANTs had launched a testing program with the ACS Consortium, a group of 10 customers with complex Sybase-to-Oracle migration projects. Migrations from and to other databases are planned.

Apps Associates Delivers Enterprise Report Management Solution

Apps Associates, an Oracle Certified Partner, has released Report Lifecycle Management Solution (RLMS), a new product combining the power of Oracle Content Database, Oracle Secure Enterprise Search, and custom components to simplify enterprise report management. Using the RLMS, reports are automatically imported from anywhere in the enterprise into an Oracle Database-powered centralized repository and managed via a Web user interface. The integration with Oracle Secure Enterprise Search enables users from across the enterprise to search the repository using the same user interface so they can quickly locate additional content related to the reports they are interested in. The solution also provides tools for versioning, archiving, workflow management, approvals, and auditing in support of regulatory compliance objectives and business process automation.

Ajay Kapur, a principal at Apps Associates, says that his company's relationship with Oracle has given Apps Associates access to leading-edge technology such as Oracle Secure Enterprise Search. "This has made it possible for us to provide our customers with a report management product built upon proven technology and bring it to market significantly faster," he says.

F5 Networks Announces Application-Ready Network for Oracle

F5 Networks, a member of the Oracle PartnerNetwork, has announced the Application Ready Network (ARN) for Oracle, a new iteration of F5's ARN portfolio made to ensure the successful deployment and delivery of Oracle applications over the network.

F5's ARN for Oracle is a holistic application network architecture and infrastructure designed and optimized for Oracle products such as Oracle Portal, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle E-Business Suite, and Oracle's PeopleSoft applications. ARN for Oracle provides organizations with a simplified way to design, deploy, and manage an integrated and optimized network infrastructure from a single vendor.

ARN for Oracle mitigates the negative effect of performance factors outside the application's control, such as WAN latency. Its Traffic Management Operating System architecture takes advantage of Secure Sockets Layer offload, caching, application-specific configurations, and compression. Potential performance gains include login and application speeds improved by 3 times, document download times improved by 20 times, hardware needs reduced by up to 40 percent, and server-side connections reduced by a factor of 20.

"With the ARN for Oracle, joint customers can be sure that their [networks] are not just delivering applications but optimizing performance and improving end-user experience in the process," says Jim Ritchings, vice president of business development at F5.

Intercede Integrates MyID to Oracle Identity Manager

Intercede, a developer of identity credential management systems and a member of the Oracle PartnerNetwork, has joined the Oracle Extended Identity Management Ecosystem and integrated its MyID identity credential management software into Oracle Identity Manager. This combination provisions user accounts into multiple systems and manages the lifecycle of identities, identity credentials, and devices such as smart cards, USB tokens, and one-time password tokens used for both physical and logical resources.

The Oracle Extended Identity Management Ecosystem and Reference Architecture delivers integrations that make it easier for organizations to unify siloed security technologies into a comprehensive, standards-based identity management framework.

"Increasingly customers are looking for an identity management solution that combines both account provisioning and identity credential management," says Richard Parris, chairman and CEO of Intercede. "MyID, in conjunction with Oracle Identity Manager, solves this problem."

JackBe Creates Enterprise Mashup Support for Oracle Fusion Middleware

JackBe, a member of the Oracle PartnerNetwork and a provider of user-driven enterprise mashup software, now supports Oracle Fusion Middleware. JackBe's enterprise mashup platform, Presto, allows users to create dynamic mashups that deliver any data from any application to any user while meeting tough security and governance requirements. Presto mashups can use data from Oracle enterprise information sources including Oracle databases and Oracle applications, with support for Oracle Single Sign-On and using standards including Web Services for Remote Portlets (WSRP).

"JackBe's mashup platform can meet the scalability, reliability, and governance demands that global organizations require of their mission-critical technologies," says Dan Malks, JackBe vice president of application platform.

Embarcadero Introduces Universal Data Models for ER/Studio

Oracle partner Embarcadero Technologies has released universal data models developed by Len Silverston, modeling expert and founder of the company Universal Data Models, for its ER/Studio data-modeling tool. The comprehensive data models can reduce data model development and maintenance time by 60 percent. They also make sophisticated data models more affordable to small and midsize businesses. The universal data models fall into nine broad categories and can be combined to form a complete and integrated corporate data model. Pricing starts at US$1,295.

"On average, at least 60 percent of a data model or data warehouse design consists of common constructs that are applicable to most enterprises," explains Silverston, whose company has partnered with Embarcadero. "By leveraging the standard Universal Data Models, Embarcadero ER/Studio customers can more quickly develop data models and save on maintenance by using the agile modeling constructs."

Logicworks Offers Managed Services on Oracle Database 11g

Logicworks, a provider of enterprise-level managed services and hosting solutions for business-critical applications and content, now supports the Oracle Database 11g platform in its managed services portfolio. As a member of the Oracle PartnerNetwork, Logicworks offers high-availability configurations of the Oracle Database platform for applications that leverage managed clustered infrastructures.

"By providing support for this new platform through our managed database service, customers have the ability to gain access to all of the critical features and functionality offered by Oracle in a hosted environment," says Shirish Ojha, Oracle Certified Master and senior Oracle consultant at Logicworks.

Logicworks' hosted offerings provide protection against system failures, assured migration, fast patch application, and rolling upgrades to production databases. Customers can take advantage of inherent data compression and encryption capabilities for structured and unstructured data in transaction processing, data warehousing, and content management environments.

Perception EDAConnect Now Available Through Oracle's Agile

Perception Software's EDAConnect product is now offered as part of Oracle's Agile product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions. Oracle will also provide product support for EDAConnect through its worldwide support center. Perception Software is a member of the Oracle PartnerNetwork.

EDAConnect integrates electronic systems and integrated circuit design tools from Cadence and Mentor Graphics to Agile. Design engineers can perform design check-in/check-out, design archiving and searching, bill of materials extractions, comparisons and publishing, design file viewing, and library metadata synchronization—all within their familiar electronic design automation (EDA) environment using EDAConnect.

"Companies using MCAD [mechanical computer-aided design]-based PDM [product data management] systems continue to struggle in managing electronics product information," says Hardeep Gulati, Oracle vice president of product strategy, PLM and PIM [product information management] applications. "Now, with deeper integration capabilities to EDA design environments, Oracle is furthering our differentiation as the leading enterprise PLM solution with comprehensive capabilities for all engineering and enterprise stakeholders."

Vgo Announces Object Repository for Forms-to-Java Conversion

Vgo Software has added an object repository to the 2.0 release of Evo, its Oracle Forms-to-Java conversion tool. "The Evo Object Repository will allow users to consolidate business logic across thousands of forms and applications . . . providing consolidation of business rules at an enterprise level," says Ernst Renner, CEO, Vgo Software.

Vgo's Evo Object Repository focuses on creating components, splitting projects into logical work units, and allowing the converted legacy business logic to be shared and consolidated across applications. According to company officials, this approach to modernizing Oracle Forms enables enterprise-class application evolution, provides insight into legacy metadata artifacts, and permits parallel modernization efforts.

IRI Updates RowGen

Innovative Routines International (IRI), developer of CoSort data processing software and a member of the Oracle PartnerNetwork, has released RowGen v2, a product for creating safe test data for Oracle and other databases. Test data is used for stress testing, application development, outsourcing, and benchmarking.

DBAs and ETL architects can use RowGen to build test databases and realistic test files using relational models, randomization, and set data instead of production extracts. RowGen generates large, custom test data targets that are safe, realistic, and data definition language (DDL)-compliant and support a full range of datatypes, values, and volumes. The new version also generates tables with referential integrity, allowing simulations that can preserve parent/child data links across an entire enterprise data warehouse.

RowGen can read and use DDL files from Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, Teradata, DB2, and Sybase databases. It contains script-creation dialogs for generating test data for single structures, such as flat file formats including comma-separated values (CSV), LDIF, and XML. An embedded script editor lets users customize and transform test files to reflect their value ranges, business rules, and production report formats. The new version of RowGen features a graphical user interface developed by RapidACE.

Solix EDMS Supports Oracle Total Recall and Oracle Partitioning

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Solix Technologies, an Oracle Certified Partner, has announced that its Solix Enterprise Data Management Suite (Solix EDMS) supports Oracle Database 11g, including the Oracle Total Recall and Oracle Partitioning options.

Together, Solix EDMS and Oracle Total Recall manage historical data capture and long-term retention in an application-transparent manner. Solix EDMS's metadata-driven approach allows mapping of business-classification policies to Oracle Total Recall and flashback data archive. Archived data is relocated to an online active archive, thereby reducing the size of the production database and improving database performance.

Solix EDMS also integrates with Oracle Partitioning, which enables tables to be split into smaller, more-manageable components. Solix EDMS's central Metadata Manager includes prepopulated support for Oracle Applications, including Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle's PeopleSoft, Oracle's JD Edwards, and Oracle's Siebel Customer Relationship Management.

SteelEye Expands Protection to Oracle Enterprise Linux

SteelEye Technology, a provider of data replication, application monitoring, and disaster recovery products for Linux, Windows, and virtual server platforms, now supports Oracle Enterprise Linux in its SteelEye Data Replication and SteelEye LifeKeeper solutions. SteelEye is a member of the Oracle PartnerNetwork.

SteelEye Data Replication for Linux leverages open source features (which SteelEye contributed to the 2.6 Linux kernel) to provide both host-based volume replication and continuous data protection. An integrated compression engine and block-level change-only architecture reduce network bandwidth requirements and speed replication, while a Data Recovery Wizard provides simple restore of critical data to any point in time.

SteelEye Data Replication delivers real-time data backup. When combined with SteelEye LifeKeeper, which maintains the high availability of clustered Linux systems, a variety of configurations can be built, ranging from low-cost two-node shared-nothing clusters to geographically dispersed clusters.

"SteelEye's support for Oracle Enterprise Linux is a natural step in the evolution of the companies' long-standing relationship," says Monica Kumar, senior director of Linux and open source product marketing at Oracle. "Having the ability to provide data and application protection provided by SteelEye is very important for our joint customers."


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