There are two ways to build enterprise application solutions: link together disparate, best-of-breed solutions, in which vendors embrace open architectures and inter-application messaging protocols, or find a one-stop-shop with all the software, functionality, and interoperability one could ever ask for. Oracle insists the latter is the best way, and it is their way. But is it best for Collaborative-Commerce? Is their vision of C-Commerce and interoperability yours as well?
June 2001, Oracle introduced Oracle 9i , which further extended the database's functionality, and, as well, continued to blur the lines between database and application. Oracle 9i includes something they call Real Application Clusters, which enables multiple copies of the Oracle 9i database to be instantiated across multiple servers, acting as a single database in a cluster, for considerable performance improvement. Customers can add computers to the cluster, and the database software transparently