Borland Data Providers for .NET (BDP.NET) is a database-Independent ADO.NET data provider that defines common interface to provide access to SQL database servers. For each supported server, BDP.NET uses provider as an independent Assembly that implements the common BDP.NET interfaces for processing queries and stored procedures The following are the main features of the providers: Direct Access to data Ability to Connect through native protocol without using client software 100% managed code High performance Supports the latest versions of servers All data types support Advanced connection pooling Easy to deploy Metadata retrieval support Licensed royalty-free per developer One year free support for the registered users BDP.NET provider for Oracle can work using Oracle Call Interface (OCI) or SQL*Net directly. The provider supports Oracle 10g, 9i, 8i, and 8.0, including Personal and Lite editions. For OCI access mode the provider requires Oracle software installed on the client side. In the case of working through SQL*Net, only TCP/IP protocol is required.