Oracle Applies Grid Technology to Storage


As previously reported, Oracle has triggered a strategy to bring its grid computing technology to storage arrays.

The software maker introduced the Resilient Low-Cost Storage Initiative to pair its Database 10g with ATA disk arrays from Apple , Dell , EMC , HP and Network Appliance .

The initiative covers several important pain points customers have regarding storage at a time when unstructured data, such as e-mail, is growing exponentially. These focus areas include: Online disk backup and recovery; disaster recovery; database testing and reporting; and data warehouses.

Ron Weiss, director of product management for high availability and storage management said Oracle is applying Database 10g to storage in a continuation of the company's efforts to help customers cut costs in data centers.

"We learned a lot in doing the grid at the server level and what we're trying to make happen is the same kind of thing at the storage level," Weiss told

Weiss said Oracle customers such as Amazon, which has built a large data warehouse using modular storage on Oracle databases, had a jump on the low-cost play before Oracle. Oracle has used the strategy for its own Collaboration Suite.

More broadly, Weiss said the storage plan dovetails with Oracle's information lifecycle management (ILM) strategy, in which data is prioritized and placed on the most appropriate storage gear. EMC, IBM , HP and others are all heading down similar paths for data management.

Oracle unveiled its ILM plans and enterprise content management software and other products last week at its OpenWorld show in San Francisco.

The Redwood Shores, Calif., company also announced at the show a technology and marketing deal with virtualization provider VMware. The vendors are working to make VMware a standard development platform for Oracle server software.


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