This announcement sees Oracle extending high availability across the Oracle Internet Platform, beyond the database server to the middle tier. More high-availability related announcements are expected in the future.
"High availability consists of three parts: failover, disaster recovery and business continuity," explained Bob Shimp, senior director of product marketing, Internet platform, Oracle.
Targeted at customer-creating online call centres, supply chains and Web storefronts, high availability has become aprerequisite for e-business, he said.
Oracle also announced Oracle Parallel Fail Safe, its most advanced, high-availability configuration. The software recovers Web sites in as little as 30 seconds to ensure customers never experience downtime. Touted to be 10 times faster than previous offerings, it will initially be available as a pre-installed, pre-configured software/ hardware on Hewlett-Packard's HP 9000 Enterprise Servers.
It is currently undergoing pilot testing in the US, Europe and Japan.