by John S. McCright
EMC Corp., Cisco Systems Inc. and Oracle Corp. are adding
their voices to the chorus of vendors touting new test centers to
help companies more quickly deploy Internet infrastructure
The three companies today jointly announced their ECOstructure
initiative to develop blueprints of highly reliable IT
infrastructures that use networking products from Cisco, storage
products from EMC and database and other software from Oracle.
ECOstructure blueprints, designed at a center on Oracle's
Redwood Shores, Calif., campus, incorporate information from
previous e-business customer implementations, combining best
business practices and technical configurations for the
implementation, operation and support of various aspects of an
Internet infrastructure, said officials from the three companies.
These configurations will be available to corporate IT
departments and systems integrators for free at www.ecostructure.com.
The first blueprint, called The Resilient ECOstructure,
provides a plan for building what officials call a "bullet-proof
data center." The plan, available now at the ECOstructure
Web site, draws from a knowledge base assembled from
implementations at the 90 percent of Fortune 50 companies that
are joint customers of the trio, officials said.
The next blueprint will show how to set up failover of
applications between geographically dispersed data centers, said
Roy Sanford, vice president for enterprise alliances at EMC, in
The center is up and running now as a test bed for finding out
the best way to make use of the parallelism in products from each
of the companies. The initiative is working only on systems built
with processors from Intel Corp. or Sun Microsystems Inc.
The trio chose not to include a server vendor in the
initiative because it wants to remain server independent, Sanford
said. ECOstructure comes on the heels of other efforts by systems
makers to provide pre-tested solutions for enterprise sites and
dot-com companies that want to set up Internet-based commerce and
supply-chain software. For instance, IBM last week christened its
new eTransactions Design Centers in New York and France. However,
whereas IBM touts its RISC-based servers for high
availability, the ECOstructure trio is playing up its strengths
in the Intel-based system market.
"We've learned a lot on how to deploy these systems,"
said Sanford. "We can almost guarantee high availability,
resilience and performance in the Intel space. This distinguishes
Officials would not specify how much money each partner put
into the ECOstructure initiative, other than to say it is a joint
multimillion-dollar effort. Since the blueprints are free, the
trio hopes to back its investment by selling more products. EMC
is at www.emc.com.
Cisco, of San Jose, Calif., is at www.cisco.com. Oracle is at www.oracle.com.