Oracle and HP extend mobile e-services to info appliances

30 Nov 99 (Manila Bulletin) :- ORACLE Corporation and Hewlett-Packard Company has announced plans to integrate Oracle8i Lite, the Internet platform for mobile computing and embedded systems, and HP Chai, the integrated software platform for intelligent interaction among information appliances.The planned integration of Oracle8i Lite and HP Chai will bring mobile e-services to the next generation of network devices.

30 Nov 99 (Manila Bulletin) :- ORACLE Corporation and Hewlett-Packard Company has announced plans to integrate Oracle8i Lite, the Internet platform for mobile computing and embedded systems, and HP Chai, the integrated software platform for intelligent interaction among information appliances.

The planned integration of Oracle8i Lite and HP Chai will bring mobile e-services to the next generation of network devices. The effects of this alliance will be seen on a broad range of products, including handheld computers, mobile phones and set-top boxes. The integration of Chai and Oracle8i will provide the first solution that enables intelligent appliances to take advantage of the portability of Java applications combined with the mobilization and synchronization of centralized applications and data.

With this integration, developers will have an expanded set of powerful tools to create products faster and focus on creating their specialized applications without needing to create their own data store, data integrity and network interoperability. End users will find the devices they use to collect and analyze data to be more reliable, more capable and fully compatible with other devices in the network.

"Oracle8i Lite and HP Chai raise the IQ of information appliances," said Denise Lahey, vice president of the Mobile and Embedded Products Division at Oracle Corporation. "Embedded systems that lack a network savvy, interoperable platform and reliable, scaleable thin-footprint database quickly become computing dinosaurs. By combining Oracle8i Lite with HP Chai, we are giving these devices better memory and full fledged analytical and communications skills."

The integration of Oracle8i Lite and the Chai Appliance Platform provides an embedded persistent data store for the next generation of information appliances. This persistence speeds data collection, allows for data analysis on the device, and ensures data integrity and consistency with other networked data stores. Oracle and HP intend to integrate their platforms to provide a complete solution for customers to develop and deploy new Web-ready mobile appliances. With a single, integrated set of APIs, the development cycle for embedded systems is greatly reduced.

"Using Chai software means faster implementation and smaller memory requirements," said Jim Bell, general manager of HP's Embedded Software Operation. "This is key for mobile and embedded appliances that have memory and performance limitations. Today's alliance between Oracle and HP means that the power of HP's mobile e-services initiative will now be extended through to the database."

Oracle8i Lite, the Internet platform for mobile computing, is a comprehensive suite of enterprise software to build, deploy and centrally manage mobile e-business applications. The DBMS is a single-user, 50KB-750KB footprint, object relational database specifically designed for mobile synchronization with central databases. iConnect, the set of synchronization technologies in Oracle8i Lite, provides a broad set of options for scaleable and secure synchronization of data between enterprise systems and handheld devices.

Chai is an integrated suite of software products, development tools and servides for designing intelligent appliances that take advantage of Java applications and Internet connectivity. A key component of the Chai Appliance Platform is HP's ChaiVM, a small footprint, scalable environment for running Java applications on intelligent devices. ChaiVM offers superior Java application performances using HP's TurboChai compiler and the smallest memory footprint using HP's ChaiFreezeDry technology. Other components of the platform include an embedded Web-based application server, connectivity to e-services, device manageability via HP's OpenView Network Node Manager, an XML microbrowser, a toolkit for creating graphical displays, and standards-based spontaneous networking.

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