Oracle, EMC Ease Application Data Storage

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-01-27 Print this article Print

Team up on services that support Oracle apps in EMC environments.

Oracle Corp. and EMC Corp. last week announced joint offerings designed to enhance service and support of their respective technologies as well as make them easier to use.

The new Oracle on EMC Database Accelerator Service, announced at Oracle AppsWorld in San Diego, is designed to help companies transition from direct-attached storage to what EMC officials said are more cost-effective and flexible networked storage environments. As part of the service, representatives from both companies work with customers to design, deploy and optimize EMC storage systems, software and networks running with Oracle database software. The service will encompass professionals from EMC Global Services and Oracle Consulting.

Accelerator Service is the second phase of the companies advanced services strategy to offer shared customers enhanced services and support. The first was the unveiling last September of the Joint Service Center, a facility staffed by service engineers from both companies that also serves as a dedicated lab to duplicate customer environments and proactively identify potential problem areas.

Officials from Oracle, of Redwood Shores, Calif., and EMC, of Hopkinton, Mass., said Accelerator Service is the first in a suite of offerings geared toward providing customers with a quick and easy way to get Oracle databases running on EMCs Automated Networked Storage solution. The EMC offering brings storage area networking, network-attached storage and content-addressed storage environments together in an integrated and networked storage infrastructure. The companies will release other suite offerings over the course of the coming year.

Also at AppsWorld, the two companies announced a best-practice approach to creating clones of Oracles Oracle11i applications. Using a combination of EMC TimeFinder software and the Oracle Automatic System Configuration utility, known as AutoConfig, IT departments can build a reference copy of an application that can be used for testing, business continuity planning, backup and recovery, data warehouse loading, and hardware migrations, the two companies said.

Such clones have become necessary to keep integrated enterprise applications up and running all the time.

Experts said joint servicing works out well for Oracle and EMC customers for a few reasons. First, with the continuing growth of data flowing from enterprise and e-business applications, databases are getting much larger. Therefore, enterprises are seeing the need for more databases to work in conjunction with storage devices to handle that glut of data.

"In the distant future, well have much larger databases, so this kind of joint alliance to help such customers make sure their environment is available [sounds great]," said Noel Yuhanna, an analyst at Giga Information Group Inc., in Santa Clara, Calif.

More specifically, EMC and Oracle working hand in glove makes sense because EMC storage devices traditionally are closely serviced by EMC rather than in-house IT staff, Yuhanna said.

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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