Oracle: The First Cluster Database Provider

by Ermie C
Although this has been an old article that has been reviewed by other reviewers.  I think that it may come in handy as information to know how Oracle has been innovative on what they have been doing.  Oracle’s databases have been compared to the database servers of Microsoft SQL  and IBM’s Universal databases.  Oracle’s database is called the 9i real application clusters.  The article is describing that the 9i can do everything that IBM and Microsoft SQL, but can do more.  9i has scalability and reliability.  There’s a certain degree of adaptation of what Oracle 9i can do.  The Microsoft and IBM databases can only run the TPC-C benchmark and is very limited to the things that they can do.  I can’t say it any better than they have said to describe it with out citing it. “With Oracle 9i Real Application Clusters, no data redistribution is required, no application rewrite is required. Simply add computers, and the cluster will transparently adapt to utilize the new resources.”

I chose this article because I wasn’t really familiar with all the different types of databases.  It’s very interesting to know that Cal Poly uses Oracle’s database applications because it’s very robust and reliable.  There are many types of database applications used, but I didn’t realize that there were many ways to improve databases.

I think this applies to this weeks lesson because it correlates to how adaptive databases are.  Instead of dealing with just one way to do databases, there are many ways to create databases.  Although we’re using Microsoft SQL server for this class, it would be an interesting and valuable switch, if we were also taught how to use Oracle.  This is so that we could understand things like the school’s database.


Oracle ships the first clustered database software for real-world applications. (2001, Jun 14). PR Newswire, pp. 1-1. Retrieved from

2 thoughts on “Oracle: The First Cluster Database Provider”

  1. From what you have described, Oracle’s 9i sounds like its much better than database of Microsoft and IBM. Its been a while since this article is published, i am sure more improvements are made and more companies have adopted the 9i. Thanks for doing this summary! i think i will do a bit of research on this also.

  2. Although I don’t know much about different databases, my article was on Amazon’s Web Service. They have their own called NoSQL. It’s good to see different databases from different companies competing, hopefully progressing towards better databases.

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