On November 15, Oracle Corp., announced the pending availability of Oracle8i Release 2, the follow-on to Oracle8i, the most rapidly adopted database product ever released by the company. To date, more than 5000 "Dot Coms" and other enterprises are using Oracle8i. Additionally, over 800 Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) have developed applications and tools optimized for Oracle8i data warehousing and online transaction processing features since the product's release in March 1999. The new release has expanded analytical data warehousing functions, native support for Java2 and performance and management enhancements.
key. Oracle's Virtual Private Database can be used to enforce security at the row level, a feature long missing from relational databases. This release also enhances support for the SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) standard, with encryption for the Internet Intra-ORB Protocol (IIOP), which enables secure Enterprise Java Beans (EJB's). In the realm of performance improvements, Oracle's SQL*Loader direct path load has been improved for loading simple files encoded in single-byte character sets (i.e. ISO-1, ASCII)