[Tokyo and Redwood Shores, California | Business Wire via ITWeb, 12 February 2003] - Hitachi, Ltd and Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, with Oracle Corporation and Oracle Corp Japan, today announced they plan to expand collaboration in key business areas: technology, services and support, and sales and marketing. By creating a tighter relationship in these business areas and expanding integrated solutions built on Hitachi Freedom Storage systems and Oracle information management software, Hitachi and Oracle can provide their common customers worldwide with industry-leading data storage solutions.
Hitachi and Oracle plan to continue working closely together on the development of a number of technologies that drive tighter product integration and enhanced customer services. Hitachi and Oracle have worked together to develop the Hitachi DB Discovery for Oracle. This software library is plugged into Oracle File Mapping, Oracle's file topology extraction functionality, enabling database administrators to visually identify and extract information about Oracle datafile locations within Hitachi Freedom Storage systems. The Hitachi DB Discovery for Oracle is scheduled to be available from Hitachi and Hitachi Data Systems worldwide in February 2003.
In order to provide seamless support services for mutual customers worldwide, Hitachi and Oracle have agreed to join forces to enhance their support services. By cooperatively providing services for customers, Hitachi and Oracle can shorten response time, decrease downtime, increase manageability, and lower costs. This builds on technologies like Hitachi "DB Validator", which is a data integrity technology for Oracle Database systems that prevents corrupted data from reaching the networked storage disk system and alerts both database and storage system administrators of a potential issue. Hitachi and Oracle also plan to explore providing joint proactive service solutions, which are collaborative services for both database and storage environments focused on helping joint customers improve system availability and performance while reducing total cost of ownership.
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