Oracle has moved to help make the implementation of its new 9i database as simple as possible, teaming up with Compaq to offer certified configurations for its Real Application Clusters.
The clusters - the most touted feature of the 9i technology launched last Friday - allow for a multi-server computing environment without having to repartition existing databases or shut down the system. Oracle licenced Compaq's clustering technology for its newest release and has embedded it in the 9i database.
On Friday, Oracle and Compaq announced the availability of Real Application Clusters (RAC) Certified Configurations on the Compaq AlphaServer and ProLiant platforms.
"It is a predefined, preconfigured reference configuration which means faster times for the implementation of solutions, less risk and reduced cost," said Compaq Australia's managing director Paul Brandling at the launch. "It is easy to buy, install, maintain and grow.
"9i is significant because it demonstrates additional benefits for customers. It is a case when one plus one equals more than two."
The offering has been given the okay from the likes of Avnet vice president, Colin McKenna, who claims the solution will make the integration time a lot faster and more predictable.
"We can now get typical customers up and running in nine days," he said.
Oracle Corporation Australia managing director Brain Mitchell said the new technology radically alters the way databases networks can be configured.
"9i will provide mainframe performance and scalability for Unix and NT platforms at a price point which will change the economies of computing," he said.
Application service providers also stand to benefit from the Oracle release. According to Oracle director of Internet technologies Roland Slee, the adoption of the ASP model has been frustrated in part because scalability and availability has been limited by previous hardware.