Hewlett Packard


I just stepped out of Larry Ellison’s keynote speech at OpenWorld to let you in on the latest news. Oracle has teamed up with Hewlett-Packard to jointly develop the HP Oracle Database Machine. The new device marks the first time that Oracle has ever sold a hardware device.

The HP Oracle Database Machine combines a super-fast storage array with database servers (all based on Intel processors) in a single rack. What distinguishes the DB Machine is the intelligence that Oracle puts into the storage servers. Unlike other storage servers, Oracle’s servers can return query results to the database servers instead of entire data blocks. This increases query performance by 10 to 100 times compared to conventional storage arrays.

That said, there are some limits to what you can do with Oracle’s new toy. Most importantly, you can only run Oracle Database on the device. You also have to use Oracle Enterprise Linux for now, though other operating systems will be supported in the near future.

While the HP Oracle Database Machine will undoubtedly gain a lot of positive attention, it could also put a strain on Oracle’s relationships with other server and storage vendors such as IBM, EMC, and Teradata. It will be interesting to see how these and other vendors respond to Oracle’s entry into the hardware business over the coming days.

This Tuesday, Oracle’s Accelerate initiative—the software giant’s program to tailor its applications to the needs of midsize companies—got a boost in its fortunes from three events. First, more than a dozen Oracle business partners unveiled Accelerate solutions for several industries, including many offerings based on JD Edwards EnterpriseOne. Second, Hewlett-Packard announced hardware reference configurations for Accelerate applications that are based on EnterpriseOne and E-Business Suite. Third, Andrews Consulting Group (ahem…that’s us) released a report that examines Accelerate and concludes that it has significant potential to make Oracle a mid-market application leader. If you want to go straight to the report to read our assessment, you can get it now from our white papers section.

As you may remember from my last article about Accelerate, Oracle gained greater visibility among midsize companies back in August when 25 of its business partners announced Accelerate applications. This week, Oracle got another lift when 13 of its partners announced 16 additional Accelerate applications. The sweet thing about those applications (at least for our community) is that half of them are based on EnterpriseOne. Here’s a complete roster of the EnterpriseOne offerings; the vendors with asterisks after their names announced their offerings this week.

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If your company uses (or plans to use) Hewlett-Packard Integrity servers running on Intel Itanium 2 processors, I have good news for you. Oracle just announced that it has extended support for these servers to users of EnterpriseOne 8.11 SP1. The move by the software giant creates a new server option that was previously limited to shops running EnterpriseOne 8.12.

Of course, there are some software requirements that you must meet to run EnterpriseOne 8.11 SP1 on these Itanium 2 servers. First off, you must run your applications on the HP/UX operating system . . . in other words, no Windows allowed. Second, you need to use EnterpriseOne Tools 8.96 at the 1.4 release level. If you meet these qualifications, you can run the following EnterpriseOne tiers on the Itanium 2-powered Integrity line:

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