Oracle, Hitachi extend storage efforts
- By John K. Waters
Oracle Corp. (http://www.oracle.com) and
Hitachi Data Systems (http://www.hds.com) have agreed to
intensify their long-standing alliance in an effort to jointly capture a bigger
piece of the highly competitive enterprise storage market through a combination
of technology development, improved services and support, and accelerated sales
and marketing efforts.
Hitachi and Oracle first joined forces in 2001 when the pair enlisted the
help of Myriad Genetics Inc. (http://www.myriad.com) to jointly produce a map
of human-protein structures for medical and pharmaceutical research. Currently,
the Santa Clara, Calif.-based HDS division of Japanese server and software maker
Hitachi coordinates closely with Redwood Shores, Calif.-based Oracle to ensure
that its storage systems are compatible with Oracle's data management software.
The firms also jointly sell Hitachi DB Validator, a data integrity tool for
Oracle database systems that can prevent corrupted data from reaching the
storage disk system and alerts administrators to problems.
The new, closer collaboration has already produced a software library that
enables administrators to more easily find and extract Oracle data files stored
on Hitachi machines. Hitachi DB Discovery for Oracle will be plugged into
Oracle's file topology extraction software (Oracle File Mapping), making it
possible to identify and retrieve information about Oracle data file locations
visually within Hitachi Freedom Storage systems. Hitachi DB Discovery for Oracle
is scheduled to be available in late February or early March, the companies
The two companies are also working together to integrate Oracle's Recovery
Manager interface with the Hitachi ShadowImage replication feature of Hitachi's
storage systems. Their goal is to make petabyte-class online backup and recovery
operations easier and faster, representatives said.
Additionally, the companies have verified compatibility between Hitachi
Freedom Storage systems and Oracle9i Real Application Clusters. And they have
completed validation testing of Hitachi's ShadowImage and Remote Mirroring
backup system with Hitachi TrueCopy on Hitachi Freedom Storage Lightning 9900 V
Series and Thunder 9500 V Series systems.
Along with ongoing joint development of technology and continuing services
support, the two companies will collaborate on increased marketing activities.
Those activities will include a worldwide rollout of a joint sales effort, which
is already under way in Japan. The two companies are involved in the SAN
Solution Technology Center, a facility created to demonstrate the value and
benefit of utilizing the companies' integrated products, they said in a
statement. Oracle and Hitachi are expected to expand their Asian sales and
marketing activities to include China.
John K. Waters is a freelance writer based in Silicon Valley. He can be reached