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Oracle Announces General Availability of Content, Records Databases

Oracle has announced the general availability of Oracle Content Database and Oracle Records Database. These options to Oracle Database Enterprise Edition enable secure, easy-to-use content management that can be deployed broadly to users dealing with content in all enterprise business processes and applications.

Oracle Content Database and Oracle Records Database are designed to facilitate low-cost management of Office documents, PDFs, image files, and other unstructured content, which compose 80% of organizational information(1). Upon implementation, these products deliver secure, highly usable content management that can be broadly deployed to users who are now dealing with content in largely unmanaged environments, thereby improving corporate productivity while helping to reduce cost and risk, and supporting regulatory compliance. Through a services-oriented architecture (SOA), these products also assist content-enabling of enterprise business processes and applications. As a result, independent software vendors (ISVs) such as Kofax are building deep, vertical content applications using the robust infrastructure of Oracle Content Database and Oracle Records Database.

Announced in June 2006 as part of Oracle's next-generation content management strategy, Oracle Content Database and Oracle Records Database deliver content management everywhere it's needed -- across the enterprise. Oracle Content Database enables organizations to consolidate their unstructured content into a highly scalable, reliable, and secure Oracle Database repository. After content has been successfully created and published, Oracle Records Database manages the retention and disposition portion of the content lifecycle.

"Regulatory compliance, information discovery, and information security are driving customers to store their documents in the highly reliable, scalable, and secure infrastructure provided by a database," said Andy Mendelsohn, senior vice president of Database Server Technologies, Oracle. "Oracle Content Database and Oracle Records Database were designed specifically to ease enterprise-wide adoption and to help reduce the risks associated with information discovery and information loss. Oracle Content Database fits seamlessly into the current end-user content creation environment, and appears as just another desktop drive for use from everyday office applications. Web services interfaces make it easy to integrate Oracle Content Database into business processes and enterprise applications."

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