The Oracle Database is a proprietary relational database management system (RDBMS). There are various editions available depending on technical requirements. All editions are built using the same common code base which can scale from small, single-processor servers to clusters of multi-processor servers without changing the code. Oracle runs on various operating systems including: Apple Mac OS X Server, HP UNIX, HP OpenVMS, IBM AIX, IBM z/OS, Linux, Microsoft Windows and Sun Solaris.

TLA-team: A commercially available highly sophisticated relational database system that can be used to store and retrieve all kinds of structured data. Some peope also use it for linguistics tasks such as storing lexica and annotations. In that case ORACLE is used as a big container which covers all sorts of data in encapsulated form, i.e. any function to be carried out on the data is dependent on the availablity of the ORACLE code and on additional code on top of the relationla database. This is the reason why we believe that the system has severe drawbacks as container for data, however it could be used due to efficient query mechanisms for storing indexes etc. ORACLE is expensive and a change of a software version can require substantial programming if one is using ORACLE’s software tools.