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VA Technical Reference Model v 21.8

Oracle Client
Oracle Client Technology

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Description: Oracle Client, (also referred to as Oracle Instant Client), enables applications to connect to a local or remote Oracle Database for development and production deployment. The Oracle Client libraries provide the necessary network connectivity, as well as basic and high end data features, to make full use of Oracle Database. Essentially, this technology eliminates the need for an Oracle home on the client machines, which reduces disk space needed for a full-client Oracle Database. Additionally, the Oracle Client provides access for the Oracle Call Interface (OCI), Oracle C++ Call Interface (OCCI), Java Database Connectivity (JDBC), Open Database Connectivity (ODBC), and Structured Query Language (SQL) Plus. It underlies the Oracle Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) of popular languages and environments including Python and Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP).

This technology consists of four different packages: Basic or Basic-Lite, SQLPlus, and Software Development Kit (SDK). Basic or Basic-Lite is required and must be installed. The Basic-Lite offers a smaller footprint at the expense of reduced localization support and functionality. The rest are optional, and may be installed at a later time.

This technology has optional functionality to deploy applications in the cloud.

The TRM decisions in this entry only apply to technologies and versions owned, operated, managed, patched, and version-controlled by VA. This includes technologies deployed as software on VMs within VA-controlled cloud environments (e.g. VA Enterprise Cloud (VAEC)). Cloud services provided by the VAEC and those controlled and managed by an external Cloud Service Provider (i.e. SaaS) are not in the purview of the TRM. For more information on the use of cloud services and cloud-based products within VA, including VA private clouds, please see the Enterprise Cloud Solutions Office (ECSO) Portal at: https://vaww.portal.va.gov/sites/ECS/SitePages/Home.aspx.
Technology/Standard Usage Requirements: Users must ensure their use of this technology/standard is consistent with VA policies and standards, including, but not limited to, VA Handbooks 6102 and 6500; VA Directives 6004, 6513, and 6517; and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, including Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). Users must ensure sensitive data is properly protected in compliance with all VA regulations. Prior to use of this technology, users should check with their supervisor, Information Security Officer (ISO), Facility Chief Information Officer (CIO), or local Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) representative to ensure that all actions are consistent with current VA policies and procedures prior to implementation.
Section 508 Information: This technology has not been assessed by the Section 508 Office. The Implementer of this technology has the responsibility to ensure the version deployed is 508-compliant. Section 508 compliance may be reviewed by the Section 508 Office and appropriate remedial action required if necessary. For additional information or assistance regarding Section 508, please contact the Section 508 Office at Section508@va.gov.
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Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v19.8
Decision Date: 08/21/2019
Aliases: Oracle Instant Client; Instant Client
Introduced By: TRM Analysis
Vendor Name: Oracle
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (08/21/2019).