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Database Systems: Concepts, Design and Applications by S. K. Singh

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24.2. History of Oracle

Oracle has grown from its humble beginnings as one of a number of databases available in the 1970s to the overwhelming market leader of today. Fig. 24.1 illustrates thirty years of Oracle innovation.

Fig. 24.1. Thirty years of Oracle innovation

In 1983, a portable version of Oracle (Version 3) was created that ran not only on Digital VAX/VMS systems, but also on Unix and other platforms. By 1985, Oracle claimed the ability to run on more than 30 platforms (it runs on more than 70 today). Some of these platforms are historical curiosities today, but others remain in use. In addition to VMS, early operating systems supported ...

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