Oracle Gets Help on Storage

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-09-22 Print this article Print

Network Appliance Inc. and Oracle Corp. are joining forces to beef up storage management features in Oracle Database 10g.

To strengthen the crucial link between storage and databases in grid computing, Network Appliance Inc. and Oracle Corp. are joining forces to beef up storage management features in Oracle Database 10g.

NetApp, of Sunnyvale, Calif., announced earlier this month that it will develop technologies to enhance 10gs functionality in data provisioning, high-performance computing and Linux cluster availability when running on a grid with NetApp storage.

Low-cost servers such as Lintel boxes are a linchpin of Oracles grid computing strategy, since they allow customers to scale out by buying inexpensive servers and adding them to a server pool as capacity needs dictate.

Officials from NetApp declined to say when these new features would be available.

In addition, NetApp this month threw open the doors to a competency center, located in the companys Sunnyvale headquarters, thats devoted to running Oracle on Linux. The Oracle on Linux Competency Center offers support for partners and customers as they deploy NetApp products on Oracle and Linux. NetApp, working in conjunction with Oracle, Red Hat Inc., SuSE Linux AG and Extreme Networks Inc., offers consulting services for Oracles RAC (Real Application Clusters) technology, storage assessment, data migration, disaster recovery and high availability. They also consult on Oracle capacity and performance issues.

Customers such as Shamrock Foods Co., a leading food-service distributor, are looking forward to taking advantage of the center and getting 10g up and running with NetApp technology. Shamrock is using NetApps FAS 940c storage appliance to power its enterprise applications. The setup supports Oracle and Microsoft Corp. SQL Server databases, which account for about 3 terabytes of production data.

"Were definitely interested in the concept [of grid computing]," said Ambrose Earle, Shamrocks manager of technical systems, in Phoenix. "With the opening of the Oracle on Linux Competency Center, I feel more confident well be able to migrate onto Linux clusters with lower upfront cost ... and not lose by having increased downtime because of ... grid computing."

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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