Novell took a giant step in the enterprise database market recently by announcing support for Oracle8i and unveiling SQL Integrator, a new middleware product for integrating disparate databases over a network.
With Novell's NetWare support for Oracle8i, customers will be able to consolidate database information, applications, and files onto a central server that can be accessed through a Web browser, according to Novell.
This combination of directory and database technology will enhance data security by providing users and administrators with a single sign-on to both their Novell networks and Oracle-based Internet applications. This move is part of a plan to make the network the central point of integration and management. Novell expects to make Oracle8i available with future versions of NetWare.
Mike Rocha, senior vice president of Oracle's platform technology division, said that he expects customers to use Oracle8i and NetWare as an integrated application platform to develop, deploy, and manage Internet-based business solutions.
The company also released a beta version of Novell SQL Integrator, which is enterprise middleware used to connect databases on disparate platforms via native connectors or ODBC.
SQL Integrator, which works with Novell NetWare Versions 4.11 and later, is available now for download through the company's Web site.