Hitachi, Ltd. and Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, with Oracle Corporation and Oracle Corp. Japan, today announced they plan to expand collaboration in key business areas: technology, services and support, and sales and marketing. By creating a tighter relationship in these business areas and expanding integrated solutions built on Hitachi Freedom Storage systems and Oracle information management software, Hitachi and Oracle can provide their common customers worldwide with industry-leading data storage solutions.

Hitachi and Oracle plan to continue working closely together on the development of a number of technologies that drive tighter product integration and enhanced customer services. Hitachi and Oracle have worked together to develop the Hitachi DB Discovery for Oracle. This software library is plugged into Oracle File Mapping, Oracle's file topology extraction functionality, enabling database administrators to visually identify and extract information about Oracle datafile locations within Hitachi Freedom Storage systems.

As a part of Oracle's Backup Solution Program, Hitachi and Oracle plan to develop other solution technologies, which will enable integration between Oracle's Recovery Manager interface and the Hitachi ShadowImage replication function of Hitachi Freedom Storage systems, reducing the complexity of and usual time window required for petabyte class online backup and recovery operations.

In addition to developing new technologies and products, Hitachi and Oracle are working together to help ensure interoperability of their products and provide customers with higher levels of reliability and performance. The two companies have worked to verify compatibility between Hitachi Freedom Storage systems and Oracle9i Real Application Clusters.

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