In a true sign of the times, Oracle and Brocade today announced a deepening of their existing partnershipthat will result in more standard configurations and templates for deploying Brocade storage technologies alongside Oracle software.
The three areas in which the two companies will work more closely to create these standard configurations and templates include virtual machine deployments, data warehousing and business intelligence applications that are included as part of the Oracle e-business suite.
In these challenging economic times, customers are bringing more pressure to bear on vendors to reduce costs and reduce the amount of time it takes to get value out of an IT investment. In the case of Oracle and Brocade, that translates into more standard configurations and templates that are being derived from the common experiences of existing joint customers of the two companies.
Storage system vendors that have products that connect to Brocade switches that are included in the standard configurations being developed include Sun, Hewlett-Packard and EMC.