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Oracle, Software, TechnologyOracle® Database 11g Release 2 is Now Available

oracle_dbOracle® Database 11g Release 2 is available and downloadable since 01/09/2009 from theOracle Technology Network (OTN). This latest generation of the world’s #1 database builds on the innovations introduced in Oracle Database 11g to help organizations deliver better information throughout the enterprise, at a higher quality of service, and at a much lower cost.

Innovation continues with Oracle 11g Release 2 delivering :

Browse the new Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Portal for the latest information, material, articles, videos and so on.

In the mean time, lets take a closer look on the strong points of Oracle Database 11g Release 2 as promoted by Oracle :

  • Reduce Server Costs Up to 5x by Consolidating onto the Grid

In this release, Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) delivers grid plug and play and new server pooling capabilities that enable organizations to reduce their server costs by streamlining the provisioning and management of consolidated database grids.
Oracle RAC One Node, a new Database option, is available today. Oracle RAC One Node is a solution that allows customers to more easily consolidate their less mission critical database environments on the grid with most of the redundancy and availability provided by Oracle Real Application Clusters.
  • Reduce Storage Costs

The combination of Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Advanced Compression and Partitioning supports the reduction of storage costs by compressing data as much as 2-4x and simplifying use of lower cost storage tiers.
In this release,Oracle Automatic Storage Management is extended to support a general-purpose cluster file system to help customers reduce their storage management costs.
  • Eliminate Unused Redundancy

Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Automatic Storage Management, Oracle Real Application Clusters, and Active Data Guard allow storage and server resources to be used for both fault tolerance and running production workloads, keeping servers and storage from sitting idle waiting for failures.
In this release, Edition-based Redefinition is introduced to allow customer database applications to be upgraded online; this removes the need for separate upgrade environments.
  • Improve Performance for Data Warehouses

Oracle Database 11g Release 2, in combination with the Oracle Database Machine, can deliver up to 10x faster query performance.
This release also delivers enhanced query performance with the ability to transparently execute a query against data stored in memory across all the servers in a grid.
  • Raise DBA Productivity Up to 2x

Automated self-management capabilities can help to double database administrator productivity over older versions of Oracle Database, and reduce the time required to upgrade from prior releases.

As mentioned earlier, the main source of information material for Oracle Database 11gR2 is the new Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Portal, while useful information can always be found in Oracles’ “About Oracle Database 11g” section.

For the more Web 2.0, socially active, of you, you may Follow Oracle Database on Twitter

And finally, but most importantly, you may download a free, evaluation version of Oracle Database 11g Release 2. (Terms, conditions and restrictions apply)
We also need to mention that the release of Oracle Database 11g Release 2 has created a buzz in the industry and several articles have been published the past few days. Here is a brief list of a few:

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