SAP to resell Oracle 9i
Software provider SAP has announced that it will resell and distribute Oracle's Oracle9i Database with Real Application Clusters. The three-year deal sees both vendors providing support services to joint customers through their retrospective support organisations. The SAP software using Oracle9i RAC will be available within six months for SAP customers using Hewlett-Packard's HP AlphaServer systems running Tru64 Unix. The companies said pilot programs have already started at several organisations.
SuSE updates Linux
German software vendor SuSE Linux has added additional features to its Linux distribution for servers from IBM. The update to SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for IBM eServer iSeries and pSeries systems includes expanded hardware support, new drivers, security fixes and patches, the company said in a statement. The hardware support will allow IBM's most recent pSeries servers to be partitioned into logical systems so that users can consolidate multiple applications on a single high-performance server, the company said. An ODBC (open database connectivity) driver for Linux allows users to access DB2 Universal Database for OS/400 from Linux applications, SuSE said. The updates can be obtained through the SuSE Web site or on CD.
IBM joins .Net program
IBM has joined Microsoft's Visual Studio .Net Integration Program to make it easier for developers to build applications for its DB2 database in forthcoming Windows .Net environments. Tying together DB2 and Visual Studio .Net, Microsoft's application for software developers will reduce time and the cost of developing applications running on DB2, IBM said in a statement. The move is no surprise: DB2 already delivers a set of tools for customers using Microsoft's Visual Studio. IBM also supports many other operating systems, including Linux and Unix.