Industry Leaders Team with Oracle for Resilient Low-Cost Storage Initiative

Redwood Shores, Calif. - December 14, 2004 -- To further reduce the cost of computing, Oracle today introduced its Resilient Low-Cost Storage Initiative that helps organizations use modular, low-cost storage arrays in both departmental and enterprise environments. The use of low-cost storage such as ATA disk based arrays, in conjunction with Oracle® Database 10g, enables organizations to build affordable, highly available and scalable database storage grids to support corporate IT initiatives.

Oracle and industry leading storage vendors Apple, Dell (NASDAQ: DELL), EMC (NYSE: EMC), Engenio Information Technologies, Inc., HP, MPC Computers and Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) are collaborating on this strategic initiative to promote adoption of low-cost storage for database implementations. Together these companies are developing optimized database storage configurations and best practices for the deployment of low-cost storage with Oracle Database 10g.

"We're eager to work with these industry leaders to evangelize the use of low-cost storage," said Juan Loaiza, vice president of systems technologies, Oracle Corporation. "For many application environments, low-cost storage delivers excellent availability and performance. Oracle is deploying low-cost storage in its own IT organization and this has resulted in low acquisition cost and ongoing maintenance cost savings."

Deploying low-cost storage without comprising reliability, availability and performance
Oracle Database 10g's advanced availability and manageability features and low-cost storage such as ATA disk-based modular storage arrays is a winning combination. Oracle Automatic Storage Management allows database data to be transparently spread across a grid of low-cost storage arrays. Automatic Storage Management's intelligent configuration and data mirroring capabilities ensure superior throughput and availability, while simplified storage provisioning and automatic I/O tuning features enable database administrators to efficiently manage vast amounts of storage - improving their productivity and lowering maintenance costs. Oracle's Data Guard, Flashback and Recovery Manager features help shield data from disaster, human error, and corruptions - providing organizations with an easy-to-administer, networked storage solution. "Oracle Database 10g's unique capabilities enable the development of a low-cost database storage grid with high levels of scalability and availability," added Loaiza.

Organizations with storage intensive business intelligence, content management and grid computing initiatives, among others, will be able to utilize the best practices resulting from the partner program to employ low-cost storage solutions. The combination of Oracle Database 10g and low-cost storage is ideal for:

  • Online disk backup and recovery
  • Development and testing databases
  • Reporting databases
  • Disaster recovery databases
  • Data Warehouses

For more information on the Oracle Resilient Low-Cost Storage initiative, go to: www.oracle.com/technology/deploy/availability/htdocs/lowcoststorage.html.

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Oracle Storage Partner Quote Sheet

APPLE
"Apple and Oracle have worked together to provide customers a flexible and affordable way to manage enterprise information," said Alex Grossman, Apple's director of Worldwide Hardware Storage Product Marketing. "Apple's Xserve RAID is a high availability, high performance, low-cost storage solution that, at prices as low as $2.32 per GB, is a perfect combination with Oracle Database 10g."

DELL
"Making enterprise-class storage easier and more affordable for customers is critical to Dell's strategy," said Darren Thomas, vice president and general manager of Dell's storage business. "Having the Dell|EMC AX100 in the Low-Cost Storage program reinforces that we are delivering the performance, ease-of-use and affordability that enables even small organizations to benefit from networked storage."

EMC
"EMC and Oracle have a long-standing alliance focused on finding ways to help customers reduce costs and improve productivity," said Howard Elias, EMC Executive Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Office of Technology. "A key component of an information lifecycle management strategy is a tiered storage infrastructure that allows data to be stored on the most cost-effective storage platform that best meets service levels. EMC and Oracle are developing and testing best practices to help customers identify and deploy lower-cost networked storage platforms in a variety of applicable database environments."

ENGENIO
"Oracle's Resilient Low-Cost Storage program will benefit small and medium sized businesses," Julie Ryan, manager of Alliances, Engenio. "These solutions will offer enterprise-quality redundancy, availability, and serviceability at a fraction of the cost of other storage solutions. As an industry leader, Engenio offers SANtricity Storage Management tools designed for quick deployment and ease-of-use with built-in intelligence for configuring capacity and connecting hosts to deliver optimal storage performance while taking the worry out of managing storage. Engenio technology is delivered to end users through strategic partners such as IBM, SGI, StorageTek, Sun and Teradata."

HP
"The HP StorageWorks Modular Smart Array (MSA) 1500 offers scalability and performance at a reduced cost and provides the unique ability to connect both SCSI and low-cost, high capacity Serial ATA disk enclosures within a single system," said Michelle Weiss, acting vice president of marketing for HP StorageWorks. "The program collaboration between HP and Oracle will provide customers with the powerful combination of advanced availability and manageability features of the Oracle Database 10g with the unique value, flexibility and investment protection of the HP StorageWorks MSA1500 disk array."

MPC COMPUTERS
"The Data Frame 420 is a highly capable, affordable storage product using Intel's standards-based building blocks to provide the foundation for scalable, reliable, and interoperable SAN solutions," said Paul Petersen, MPC's vice president of product marketing and development. "Through this program, MPC and Oracle will help to accelerate the availability of interoperable, networked storage solutions that result in lower total costs of storage development and ownership."

NETWORK APPLIANCE
"NetApp and Oracle have been actively working together for several years to deliver solutions that reduce complexity, improve business responsiveness and lower costs for customers in a wide variety of businesses. The key to this is through our active support for and integration with Oracle 10g and grid initiatives," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Partners and Alliances at Network Appliance. "As the fastest growing company in network storage and the market leader in iSCSI storage, NetApp is looking forward to extending its leadership as part of Oracle's initiative for resilient low-cost storage."

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