Eye on Oracle

Jun 7 2012   5:06PM GMT

New version of Oracle database on the way?

Lena Weiner Lena Weiner Profile: Lena Weiner

Ready for a new version of the Oracle Database? You might not have to wait too long.

At last week’s AllThingsD conference, D10, Larry Ellison let it slip that Oracle may be releasing the newest version of their database in December or January. This is interesting news, especially since this will be the first database product Oracle won’t port to Itanium chips (Who knows why they wouldn’t want to do that…).

Also, word on the street is that the product will be called Oracle Database 12c – c as in “cloud.” Indeed, once certifiable Nephophobes, Ellison and Oracle seem to have accepted that the cloud is here to stay. They seem to acknowledge that, in order to be competitive with rivals like SAP and Salesforce.com, Oracle must not only adopt cloud technology, but also make the cloud a major focus for the direction of the company.

Bearing this in mind, no one should be shocked at the announcement on June 5 that Oracle will be purchasing cloud-based social CRM firm Collective Intellect, apparently attempting to strengthen their expanding portfolio of cloud services.

Bearing these developments in mind, what kinds of features will the new Oracle database have? Will it be easily integratable with Oracle’s newly acquired cloud tools? Will it have more Software-as-a-Service options? It will be exciting to find out when the new release happens early this winter. In the meantime, if anyone would like to speculate or share any inside information you might have, feel free to email your thoughts to editor@searchoracle.com

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