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Oracle is to launch an outsourcing service, Oracle Business Online, within the next few weeks. According to Mark Jarvis, Oracle's senior VP of worldwide marketing, quoted on the US newswires, Business Online will provide small to medium-sized companies with hosted business applications running on Oracle's Applications software, and third-party applications based on its database. Jarvis said Business Online will also offer other services, such as human resource outsourcing. The host systems will be based in a new data centre the company is currently building, he added. The service harks back to the early days of Oracle CEO Larry Ellison's vision of network computing. That concept involved users interacting with NCs linked via the Net to online database file servers as virtual hard disks. It's essentially this 'back end' system that forms the heart of Business Online. Though users will initially communicate with the system by PC, it won't be too hard (assuming it all works, of course) to point out down the line that they simply don't need that power, disk space, etc, and wouldn't they prefer one of these here cheaper NCs instead... Still, the original Oracle NC architecture foundered on users' unwillingness to trust their data to an Oracle server and software miles from site, so whether businesses have changed their minds on that score remains to be seen. ®

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