SAP Certifies Oracle In-Memory Database for Its Own Apps
Users now can use SAP applications alongside Oracle Database In-Memory to perform real-time data analytics to go with real-time transaction processing.Oracle and SAP, longtime competitors in selling databases, middleware and enterprise applications, nonetheless play nice together when it comes to engineering solutions for shared customers. After all, thousands of IT shops worldwide use one or more of each company's products, so naturally, the common goal is to make customers happy. With this as background, Oracle announced July 23 that its year-old in-memory database has been certified by SAP for use with SAP packages based on the SAP NetWeaver 7.x platform. So, users won't have to shell out $600,000 or more for an SAP HANA in-memory database if they already have Oracle's. As a result, customers now can use SAP applications alongside Oracle Database In-Memory to perform real-time data analytics to go with real-time transaction processing on their existing applications. In some ways, this isn't all that newsy, because the July 23 announcement is only the latest co-operative deal in the longstanding collaboration between the two companies, Andy Mendelsohn, executive vice president of database server technology at Oracle, told eWEEK. Earlier this year, SAP certified Oracle Database 12c, Oracle Exadata Database Machine X5-2 and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud X5-2 for use with SAP solutions.
As much as Oracle and SAP like to position themselves as marketplace enemies, there are plenty of quieter, friendlier engineering encounters on the sites of common customers about which few people hear.