Oracle has moved to 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 and recently launched - allow for a multi-server computing environment without having to repartition existing databases or shut down the system. Oracle has already licenced Compaq's clustering technology for its newest release and has embedded it into the 9i database.
Oracle and Compaq have since announced the availability of real application clusters (RAC) certified configurations on the Compaq AlphaServer as well as the ProLiant platforms.
"It is a predefined, reconfigured 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. "9i is easy to buy, install, maintain and grow.
"9i is significant because it demonstrates additional benefits for customers. It is a case of 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 pricepoint that 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.