Network Appliance Unveils Oracle Database Support

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2002-04-09 Print this article Print

The company is announcing two new offerings to support Oracle Corp.'s flagship database that help improve manageability and bolster the use of Oracle's application clustering technology.

Network Appliance Inc. today will announce two new offerings to support Oracle Corp.s flagship database that help improve manageability and bolster the use of Oracles application clustering technology. The storage vendor at Oracle AppsWorld 2002 in San Diego is rolling out SnapDrive for Oracle, software for managing Oracle 8i and Oracle 9i database deployments running on Microsoft Windows 2000. At the same time, Network Appliance is introducing a bundled offering of its NetApp filer storage appliances along with Solaris-based servers from Fujitsu Siemens Computers, a joint venture between Siemens AG and Fujitsu Ltd., for running Oracle 9is clustering technology called Real Application Clusters.
The SnapDrive data management software helps improve availability and manageability of data from enterprise applications, such as enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management systems, running in a multitiered architecture where the application sitting on an application server is connected to a database with network storage behind it, said Rich Clifton, vice president of commercial solutions marketing at the Sunnyvale, Calif., company. Through storage virtualization, the software allows a NetApp filer to present itself to the Oracle database as a locally attached device, which provides more centralized management of all storage resources, officials said.
"We created a technology that allows applications to operate in a local disk context and use network storage in a transparent fashion," Clifton said. Along with Oracle, SnapDrive already is available for deployments of Microsoft Corp.s SQL Server, Clifton said. SnapDrive for Oracle costs between $3,000 and $12,000, depending on which NetApp filer is deployed. On the hardware side, the certified Network Appliance and Fujitsu Siemens combination for Oracle application clustering is the first supporting NetApps filer storage in the Solaris environment, officials said. It runs the NetApp filers with Fujitsu Siemens PRIMEPOWER servers. Along with certifying the combination, the two companies are cooperating on offering joint customer support. The combined storage and server offering can be purchased as a bundle or individual components.
Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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