EMC, Cisco, Oracle enhance ECOstructure

With the introduction of a new blueprint, EMC, Cisco and Oracle are announcing expansion of the ECOstructure initiative.

SINGAPORE - EMC Corporation, Cisco Systems and Oracle Corporation, who unveils its ECOstructure blueprint in April has today announced an expansion of the initiative with new e-business continuity solutions and worldwide efforts to further simplify and accelerate the implementation of the e-business infrastructures.

ECOstructure is a combined initiative of these three companies to deliver technical blueprints for an integrated infrastructure combining storage, network and business softwares.

The companies showcased their combined solutions at Oracle OpenWorld 2000 (Oct. 1-6) at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.

A new "Recovery" blueprint has been released which builds on the previously released "Resilient" high availability blueprint and details additional solutions and best practices from all three companies for failover and failback between primary and secondary servers.

Focused blueprint training are being conducted for the companies' field technical architects as well as systems integrator partners to further facilitate joint implementations.

One such partner, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young U.S. LLC, already has plans to align with ECOstructure to develop approaches and methodologies using the ECOstructure architecture.

The group is already training over 150 consultants worldwide to deliver ECOstructure-based solutions to its clients, and plans on deploying it in many of its European Centers of Excellence in 2001.

"For companies to successfully shift to a new e-business model and advance in the marketplace, they must first consider a sound, secure and scalable technology infrastructure," said Steven Sparks, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, vice president of the Infrastructure and Network Integration group. "We believe ECOstructure to be an appropriate foundation architecture for our solution offerings. In fact, we plan to implement ECOstructure in our Advanced Development Centers in North America."

EMC, Cisco and Oracle are also developing two additional integration centers to develop and showcase solutions based on the blueprints. The centers will open later this year in the United Kingdom and Japan, and will join the original facility at Oracle's Redwood Shores, Calif., headquarters as engineering and marketing Centers of Excellence.

The ECOstructure alliance comprises engineering personnel and products from each company and is dedicated toward ongoing testing and validation of existing and new e-business solutions based on Oracle, EMC and Cisco products.

Since the introduction of the first "Resilient" high availability environment blueprint in April 2000, there have been more than 6,000 registrations for the blueprints at the jointly managed Web site.

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