Oracle ships Windows edition of new database

Oracle released the Windows version of its newest database, Oracle Database 10g Release 2.

Oracle has released the Windows edition of its newest database product, Oracle Database 10g Release 2, the company announced on Monday.

The Windows version includes Oracle's Database Extensions for .Net, designed to make it easier for developers using Microsoft's .Net programming environment to work with Oracle's product.

Oracle's big selling point for the first 10g release was its new grid capabilities, for linking database servers together and sharing work among them. It also added an automated storage management system, for managing disks and files more easily. That product shipped early last year.

Release 2, which began rolling out in June, extended the storage management system to work with clustered databases. It also made it easier for users to automate some administration tasks and brought other performance and security tweaks, Oracle said.

The Windows version of Oracle 10g Release 2 joins Linux and Unix versions of that product, which began shipping in June.

Oracle and IBM continue to dominate the database market, but Microsoft has been gaining share gradually with SQL Server 2000. Databases running on Windows represent the fastest-growing segment of the market, according to the most recent figures from Gartner.

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