Dell, EMC bolster Oracle data-warehouse package

The long-time partners aim to provide complete systems for optimising Oracle data warehouses as large as 10TB, using PowerEdge servers and Clariion storage

Dell and EMC have announced they have teamed up with Oracle to offer new hardware and software for Oracle's Optimised Warehouse Initiative, which aims to provide ready-to-go data-warehouse setups for businesses.

The new version of the data-warehouse package, announced on Tuesday at the Oracle OpenWorld show in San Francisco, is based on Dell's latest PowerEdge rack-mounted servers and EMC's Clariion CX4 storage arrays.

The new Clariion CX4 can store from 1TB to 10TB (terabytes) of data, putting it in line with the latest high-end storage arrays aimed at offering fast online storage. It includes advanced features such as flash storage and virtual provisioning, which can both help in providing fast access to data.

The preconfigured Optimised Warehouse package will be sold by Dell, but under the joint Dell/EMC brand name. These two companies have had a close relationship for some years, with Dell being one of EMC's biggest third-party users of storage equipment.

Dell launched a 1TB version of the Optimised Warehouse under the Dell/EMC brand last year. The new product brings together Oracle Database Enterprise Edition, Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) and Oracle Partitioning with Dell's PowerEdge R900 servers. The Dell servers use four quad-core Intel  Xeon 7400 processors.

"At Dell, our mission is to remove complexity for our customers and simplify IT," Rick Becker, vice president of software and solutions in Dell's product group, said in a statement. "Working with Oracle and EMC, we can help simplify implementation of a sophisticated data-warehouse solution which our customers can scale with their business."

According to EMC's Mike O'Neill, vice president of Technology Alliances, the joint activities between Dell, EMC and Oracle, "focused on the three most common data-warehouse workloads, which include high performance, mainstream and high capacity".

O'Neill said that by using pre-configured systems, Dell and EMC customers can perhaps reduce their purchase cycle and streamline their data-warehouse deployments.

The companies did not release precise details of pricing at the event's launch, but in a statement Dell said details should be available if customers contact Dell directly.