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EMC, Oracle in effort to spot inactive DB records

With storage capacity continually under siege by space-hungry applications, Oracle and EMC have recently floated a "Proven Solution program" that includes newly released EMC Database Xtender software and a package of joint services. The services focus on identifying inactive database records and moving them to less-expensive storage resources.

Don Swatik, EMC's vice president of global solutions, said the joint offering is built around accumulated best practices knowledge that can optimize customer database performance. "The Database Xtender includes built-in policies so that those who aren't interested in services or who aren't based on Oracle can quickly implement a solution to optimize their use of storage resources," he said.

Swatik said the decision to partner with Oracle, which has 30,000 customers in common with EMC, was based on shared interests and has also yielded three other joint offerings in the last year. Other solutions include Oracle on EMC:Database Accelerator, EMC Oracle 11i RapidClone Accelerator and Oracle Database with EMC:Accelerator for NAS. Other offerings are on the horizon, he noted.

The offering may be seen as competing with solutions from Princeton SoftTech and others that look to improve archiving and reduce costs.

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