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One of the initiatives aims to let customers make a "clone", or replica, of Oracle's E-Business Suite 11i without having to take the applications offline. Such replicas are used for tasks like testing software patches before they are applied or for offloading data into a data warehouse.
The companies said they have tested and certified a method for creating a clone using Oracle's Automatic System Configuration utility (AutoConfig) and EMC's TimeFinder software.
"AutoConfig typically requires you to go offline. We used TimeFinder to enable customers to stay online 24/7 and still go ahead and do the cloning," said Doug Kennedy, Oracle vice-president of platform alliances.
Through joint engineering and testing work the companies have come up with a set of "best practices" for using the two products that avoids much of the tedious labour and disruptions often involved with such work. A White paper is available at www.emc.com/emc-oracle.
The companies will also announce a service offering intended to reduce the time it takes for large customers to deploy an Oracle database on EMC's storage equipment.
The EMC Database Accelerator Service stems from a partnership between the companies started last year to co-develop services for their 25,000 joint customers, said Don Swatil, EMC vice-president for global solutions.
The service includes design and integration work for setting up a database and integrating it with EMC's storage gear, Swatil said. Early indications suggested that the service could cut the time it took to deploy a database on EMC's hardware by approximately 25%.
"It's a fixed price, fixed-scope offering that's provided by both companies, and it's pretty much a 50-50 breakdown between the Oracle and EMC services," Swatil said.
Pricing will vary depending on the size of the database but an average configuration would be priced at about $30,000 (£18,669).