Oracle Launches Low-Cost Storage Initiative
Using the same "tie together cheap boxes" mindset that it cooked up for its Database 10g push, this time Oracle is applying the idea to cheap storage arrays.Oracle Corp. is using the same "tie together cheap boxes" mindset that it cooked up for its Database 10g push, but this time, its applying the idea to cheap storage arrays. The company earlier this week announced the Resilient Low-Cost Storage Initiative, in which its teaming up with storage vendors Apple Computer Inc., Dell Inc., EMC Corp., Engenio Information Technologies Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., MPC Computers LLC and Network Appliance Inc. Andy Mendelsohn, Oracles senior vice president of Database Server Technologies, told eWEEK.com that Oracle is determined to use the initiative to show customers how they can use storage boxes that are entering the market at the low end and which have been greeted initially with a hairy eyeball.
"Were showing how you can use Serial ATA storage, which people running data warehouses pooh-pooh, saying that the reliability is too low," Mendelsohn said. "Now we say you can run a lot[although] maybe not the high-end mission-critical [stuff]."