On November 15, Oracle Corp., announced the pending availability of Oracle8i Release 2, the follow-on to Oracle8i, the most rapidly adopted database product ever released by the company. To date, more than 5000 "Dot Coms" and other enterprises are using Oracle8i. Additionally, over 800 Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) have developed applications and tools optimized for Oracle8i data warehousing and online transaction processing features since the product's release in March 1999. The new release has expanded analytical data warehousing functions, native support for Java2 and performance and management enhancements.
Procedure Language) package to encrypt and decrypt data using the industry standard DES (Data Encryption Standard) encryption algorithm, in exportable key lengths (the U.S. government regulates what encryption can be exported). This allows data to be natively encrypted in the server to protect sensitive data, such as credit card numbers. Even the DBA (database administrator) can not access this data without the key. Oracle''s Virtual Private Database can be used to enforce security at the row level, a