Oracle beefs up database offering with TimesTen

Oracle's latest acquisition is aimed at adding real-time capabilities to its database portfolio.

Oracle's acquisition train is about to make another stop.

The database and business software giant today announced plans to extend its database and Fusion middleware products with the purchase of privately held TimesTen Inc., a provider of high-speed software for managing customer data and transactions.

TimesTen's in-memory database technology is used to power billing, stock trading, call center and other time-sensitive systems. Some of the Mountain View, Calif.-based firm's customers include Aspect Communications Corp., Avaya Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., Ericsson Inc., J.P. Morgan and Lucent Technologies.

"Technology that supports very high speed data storage and retrieval using database constructs with recoverability and integrity has been a key requirement of applications in the areas of telecommunications and financial services," said Carl Olofson, IDC research director for information management and data integration software, in a statement.

Oracle has been on a high-profile acquisition spree of late.

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Oracle officials said they expect to close the TimesTen deal by the end of July.

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