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Oracle, HP team up for NC

The database and computer companies are teaming up to put guarantees behind Oracle's network computing architecture.

Oracle and Hewlett-Packard are teaming up to put guarantees behind Oracle's network computing architecture.

The computing giants announced yesterday a program to offer joint customers service agreements that virtually guarantee a high level of performance and up time for those using the NCA.

Redwood Shores, California-based Oracle's NCA is a computing architecture that takes advantage of Internet technology by making a central server the main processor for transactions while end users access applications through a Web browser.

Many corporate users have been weary of the architecture up until now, uncertain that it is stable enough to handle hefty use.

Enter Palo Alto, California-based HP and Oracle with their new service agreement which will offer customers the following:

  • Implementation and performance guarantees for integrated application packages that include the Web-ready HP 9000 Enterprise Server and the Oracle Application Server for developing and deploying applications. Also guaranteed 99.95 percent database uptime and pretuned and pretested configurations that include collaborative consulting and support services.

    To be available later this year:

  • A mission-critical service-integration program to be available in late summer. It will give mutual customers a single point of contact and integrated services to reduce the risk of downtime.

  • A performance-assurance program to protect data-center performance. Scheduled to be available in October, the program is expected to include performance-assessment methodology, health-check services, upgrade and migration services, and optimization services.

    Oracle and HP also announced a new enterprise resource planning application bundle, which includes Oracle's ERP and financial applications loaded on the HP NetServer LXr Pro rack-mounted for NT shops and HP 9000 for Unix users. It includes preconfigured and preinstalled applications, consulting services, support, education, and financing options. It is aimed at the midmarket and starts at a base-license of 20 users. Pricing was not released.