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EMC, Oracle Prep NAS Nest

The days when companies shied away from putting databases on their NAS servers seem to be numbered. As a sign that the database-on-NAS market is maturing, EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) and Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq: ORCL) announced a joint NAS service offering today.

The two companies launched their joint service at OracleWorld in San Francisco today, claiming that it will allow customers to easily deploy Oracle databases over EMC Celerra NS600 NAS systems.

This is yet another dimension of our strong partnership with Oracle,” says Don Swatik, EMC’s VP of global solutions.

The new NAS service, available now, is EMC and Oracle’s third joint service offering this year. The companies say it provides a cost-efficient alternative to the traditional direct-attached storage for small database environments (see EMC, Oracle Expand Services Pact and EMC, Oracle Get to Second Base).

Until recently, few companies would have thought to put databases on their NAS servers. Organizations have generally put their large, mission-critical databases over SANs, while smaller databases have been stuck on direct-attached storage.

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