The two firms plan to integrate components of Compaq's Tru64 Unix cluster technology into Oracle's 9i Real Application Clusters, used on the 9i database to create portable clusterware.
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This will enable customers to monitor the status and performance of the cluster remotely to check on load balancing and failover status.
Michael Rocha, senior vice-president of Oracle's Platform Technologies Division, said, "This partnership with Compaq will help us ensure that businesses of all sizes can reap the benefits of capacity on demand and efficiently respond to the fluctuating workloads common in an e-business environment."
The 9i Real Application Clusters improve on Oracle's previous clustering technology by allowing the addition of hardware without software changes. The technology is designed to improve scalability by sharing frequently accessed data across clustered computers.
Carl Olofson, programme director at analyst group IDC, said the scalability of Real Application Clusters and the strong system-level clustering of Trucluster would help overcome some of the technical problems associated with clustered systems.
The 9i database is planned for release in the first half of the year and Oracle hopes to incorporate Compaq's Trucluster software with Real Application Clusters by the start of 2002.
Compaq is now a leader in clustering technology, following its acquisition of Digital Equipment and Tandem Computing.