NetApp Chases Grid and ILM Prize

By Brian Fonseca  |  Posted 2004-01-27

Network Appliance Inc. is planting its storage foothold in the grid computing landscape, unveiling a number of partnerships and technology deployments this week toward cementing that goal.

At Oracle AppsWorld on Tuesday, NetApp announced that Oracle Corp. has implemented more than 1,000 terabytes of the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based storage vendors offerings to underpin part of its infrastructure to power Oracle Outsourcing, Oracle E-Business Suite core development and Platform Engineering.

Oracle is running NetApp as a key part of its "build factory" for its test storage bed and regression testing, using the network area storage (NAS) providers NetApp FAS series, NearStore and NetCache systems on Intel architecture, featuring Dell with Red Hat Linux, according to Doug Kennedy, vice president of Platform Alliances for Oracle in Redwood Shores, Calif.

NetApps storage software will be used for a general certification platform for future releases of Oracles database and Oracle applications, including Oracle 10gG. The storage vendor is also working with Oracle to develop a storage grid to allow customers to take multiple NetApp filers and put them on a single rack to support a large grid cluster of Linux servers.

In a separate announcement at Oracle AppsWorld, NetApp said it will integrate Princeton, N.J.-based Princeton Softechs Active Archiving software with the storage vendors NetApp SnapLock products for the NearStore and FAS storage platforms. The move adds database archiving to NetApps identity lifecycle management (ILM) repertoire.

Rounding out its new ILM partnerships, NetApp announced this week that it is integrating SnapLock with IXOS Software AGs Enterprise Content Management Suite.

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