Microsoft Releases Database Integration Technology for Microsoft .NET Customers

REDMOND, Wash., July 23, 2002 — Microsoft Corp. today unveiled the Microsoft®
.NET Framework Data Provider for Oracle, a new technology that enables enterprise developers to more easily integrate applications built on the Microsoft .NET Framework with Oracle databases. The technology enables users of ADO.NET, a core technology of the Microsoft .NET Framework, to achieve high-performance access to Oracle data, empowering customers to get more benefit from their existing databases. Furthermore, the .NET Framework Data Provider for Oracle provides a programming model similar to SQL Server (TM) Managed Provider, meaning that developers can access data from multiple sources without having to learn new skills. The technology is currently available for download at & frame=true .

“In this tight economy, it’s an even greater imperative for companies to leverage their existing database investments,” said Charlie Garry, senior program director for Server Infrastructure Strategies at Meta Group Inc. “This is an important solution for enterprises because it provides another way to integrate Oracle and SQL Server back ends easily.”

The .NET Framework Data Provider for Oracle can be used in place of a nonmanaged OLE DB provider and delivers a native interface to Oracle. This results in dramatically improved scalability; in some cases the performance is improved 200 percent over that achieved when an OLE DB driver is used. Equally important, because the .NET Framework Data Provider for Oracle provides a similar programming model as the SQL Server Managed Provider, developers will be able to use their current Oracle skills to build and deploy applications on other databases. In addition, the technology gives full access to data that resides in Oracle databases by offering a full set of Oracle 9i data types and full support for reference cursors and result sets returned by Oracle-stored procedures.

“Our customers have all kinds of data stored in Oracle back ends, and they need a way to access this data in the .NET world,” said Tom Button, vice president of the Developer Platform and Evangelism Division at Microsoft. “The .NET Framework Data Provider for Oracle is another way for developers to build to the .NET Framework while protecting their investments in existing applications and data.”

“.NET has supercharged our developer productivity while making our biggest problem — systems integration — a snap to solve,” said Scott Stanfield, CEO of Vertigo Software Inc. “We’re thrilled at the possibility of leveraging existing data stored in both Oracle and SQL Server back ends easily, simultaneously and without even a moment of retraining.”

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