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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.