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SAP to resell Oracle 9i Real Application Clusters

German enterprise software provider SAP will resell and distribute Oracle's Oracle9i Database with Real Application Clusters (Oracle9i RAC) under the terms of a three-year deal, the companies announced today at the Oracle World trade show in Copenhagen.

The database software company and SAP, will both provide support to joint customers.

The SAP software using Oracle9i RAC will be available within six months for SAP customers using Hewlett-Packard's HP AlphaServer systems running Tru64 Unix, the companies said. They have already launched some pilot projects with customers who cannot yet be named.

More than two-thirds of SAP's customers run their applications over Oracle database software, the companies claimed.

In benchmark tests, SAP R/3 Release 4.6C applications and Oracle9i RAC were run alongside a sales and distribution applications workload over a four-node clustered HP AlphaServer ES45 system using TruCluster Server software with four processors per system, the companies said.

The additional nodes used in Oracle's next-generation cluster technology allowed for server consolidation while increasing performance. As a result, SAP believes its customers will achieve lower costs, higher scalability and improved reliability using the SAP/Oracle9i RAC package, the companies said.

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