HDS, Oracle Pad Storage Partnership

The firms team on tighter integration between Hitachi Data Systems' storage system and that of Oracle's.
Posted February 12, 2003

Clint Boulton

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) and Oracle Wednesday pledged to pad their long-standing storage-oriented relationship with new endeavors in technology, services and support, as well as sales and marketing, to lure enterprise customers.

Financial terms of the bolstered alliance were not made public. HDS, a Hitachi division who works closely with Oracle to make sure that its Hitachi storage systems are integrated with Oracle information management software, said the two firms have embarked on a "tighter relationship' addressing those needs.

Such partnerships are as common in the storage sector as they are non-exclusive as major systems vendors jockey for market position. Dell and EMC enjoy a similar relationship.

On the technology side, Santa Clara, Calif.'s HDS and Redwood Shores, Calif.'s Oracle have created the Hitachi DB Discovery for Oracle, a software library plugged into Oracle File Mapping, Oracle's file topology extraction software, to help database administrators visually identify and grab information about Oracle data file locations within Hitachi Freedom Storage systems. Hitachi DB Discovery for Oracle is scheduled to be available later this month.

The concerns will also work to provide integration between Oracle's Recovery Manager interface and the Hitachi ShadowImage replication function of Hitachi Freedom Storage systems to make petabyte-class online backup and recovery operations easier and faster.

To bring their products even closer together, Hitachi and Oracle are working to make sure their products work as compatibly as possible. The two companies have verified compatibility between Hitachi Freedom Storage systems and Oracle9i Real Application Clusters. They have also successfully completed the validation testing for the operation of Snapshot (Split-Mirroring) with Hitachi ShadowImage and Remote Mirroring functionality with Hitachi TrueCopy on Hitachi Freedom Storage Lightning 9900 V Series and Thunder 9500 V Series systems.

On the services side, Hitachi and Oracle have agreed to enhance their support services to better meet customers' needs. The services side is hardly novel for these two; the firms already provide Hitachi "DB Validator," a data integrity tool for Oracle Database systems that prevents corrupted data from reaching the storage disk system and alerts administrators to problems.

Lastly, Hitachi and Oracle Japan have conducted sales and marketing activities in Japan to shill for the "SAN Solution Technology Center," a facility created to demonstrate the value and benefit of utilizing the firms' integrated products. The companies will expand this sales and marketing venture in Japan worldwide, beginning with China.

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