In a JDBC Oracle environment, your choice of a JDBC driver will have a major impact on the performance, scalability, and management of your distributed Java applications. The conventional JDBC Oracle Type 4 driver has known limitations that have hindered Java application designers and developers for years. Progress® DataDirect, the world’s leading data connectivity solution provider, now offers an industry-first Type 5 JDBC driver that overcomes the limitations of JDBC Oracle Type 4 and delivers superior performance, scalability, and manageability for any data-driven Java application.
Type 4 JDBC drivers, including JDBC Oracle Type 4, suffer poor response time and throughput performance in certain runtime environments, or when used within today’s ORM or application server frameworks. Performance falters as the number of application users increases. JDBC Oracle Type 4 drivers also tend to be resource “hogs,” using excessive CPU cycles and memory resources during data access. The resource inefficiency of JDBC Oracle Type 4 drivers poses particular problems in virtualized environments, a major drawback in an era of increasing virtualization.
In contrast to JDBC Oracle Type 4, Progress DataDirect’s Connect® line of Type 5 JDBC drivers deliver superior performance regardless of the JVM or data access model. Our 100 percent Java architecture JDBC Oracle Type 5 drivers also utilize CPU and memory resources far more efficiently than does JDBC Oracle Type 4. A Java application using a Connect Type 5 JDBC driver to access an Oracle back end will perform faster and scale better than the same application using a conventional JDBC Oracle Type 4 driver, as demonstrated by SPECjAppServer/ECPerf benchmark testing.
Progress DataDirect’s breakthrough Type 5 JDBC drivers also surpass JDBC Oracle Type 4 in terms of manageability and access to advanced functionality. Unlike JDBC Oracle Type 4 drivers, our Connect Type 5 JDBC drivers require only a single JAR file to support deployment across different JVMs and different versions of a particular database. Connect Type 5 JDBC drivers also deliver access to advanced functionality such as BLOB and CLOB support, high availability, and bulk data loading without requiring proprietary extensions, DLLs, or shared libraries.
Progress DataDirect offers industry-leading technology for every data connectivity scenario. In addition to our JDBC Oracle Type 5 driver, our JDBC Type 5 suite includes a Sybase driver for JDBC, as well as JDBC drivers for DB2, SQL Server, MySQL, and Informix. We also offer an ADO.NET Oracle solution (ADO.NET Oracle with Entity Framework support), as well as a comprehensive SQL ODBC driver suite, including an ODBC Oracle 64bit driver.
For mainframe environments, Progress delivers enterprise-class solutions including mainframe BPM with real-time operational responsiveness.