Sun, Oracle Team Up on Database Packs

The set of pre-configured infrastructure bundles for SMBs offers the ability to reduce the time and effort involved in deploying scalable, cost-effective grids, the companies say.

Sun Microsystems and Oracle on Wednesday announced a set of pre-configured infrastructure bundles for SMBs.

Called Database Packs, they incorporate Oracle Database 10g with Sun StorEdge 3310 arrays and Sun Fire x64 servers powered by the AMD Opteron processor and running either the Solaris 10 operating system or standard Linux distribution operating systems.

The pre-configurations also include the Sun N1 SPS (Service Provisioning System) model for Oracle Database and Oracle Application Server.

By combining the N1 SPS with the Database Packs, customers will have the ability to reduce the time and effort involved in deploying scalable, cost-effective grids, the companies note.

The Database Packs are specifically geared for SMBs (small and midsize businesses) because they provide enterprise-level reliability at a lower cost, according to Oracle and Sun.

"Both companies have recognized that theres a big demand for database solutions in the SMB marketplace," said Willie Hardie, senior director of database product marketing at Oracle.

"This falls in line with what weve done for past couple years, which is to ramp up our commitment to SMBs."

The creation of the packs should help SMBs by creating a single contact point of a local reseller, which can put together the Oracle database editions and Sun servers, Hardie said.

There are entry-level cluster bundles, as well as packs that would be appropriate for companies in the medium-size range, Hardie added.

"It depends on individual customers requirements," he said. "Resellers will help to tailor the configurations."

Sun Microsystems Inc. and Oracle Corp. have worked together on numerous projects in the past, with both voicing strong dedication to open, standards-based computing.

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The two companies have teamed previously for customer programs, the development of low-end servers, and research on how to speed data transfer rates in a grid architecture.

In collaborating for the Database Packs, the companies once again expressed their commitment to each other, while noting that resellers and customers would benefit from the relationship.

"[W]hile the industry has traditionally thought of our longstanding relationship as only the marriage of big iron with leading database technology, the reality is were continuing to increase our joint presence in the growing x64 server market," said Stephen Borcich, Suns vice president of partner marketing, in a news release.

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