Oracle on Wednesday boosted its support for the Linux operating system with a new version of its database software.
The software maker said that it has developed a version of its 9i database software that can run across multiple Linux servers in a configuration called clustering. Clustering allows businesses to harness multiple servers to run a very large database, so servers can share work or take over from each other if one fails.
As expected, Oracle also said Release 2 of Oracle 9i, a revamping of its flagship database software, is now available. In addition, the company shipped new versions of its application server software and development tools. The new version of the database includes more fluency in XML (Extensible Markup Language), a Web standard for exchanging information that is a cornerstone of Web services software development.