Oracle said this week that it will make its 64-bit Oracle 8 database available for SAP's R/3 suite of enterprise resource planning applications.
Oracle executives made the announcement at Sapphire, SAP's annual user conference in Los Angeles. R/3 is currently available on the database on the Compaq/Digital Unix platform, but will become available with other flavours of Unix as they bring out their 64-bit versions.
The 64-bit technology allows more business data to be stored in main memory, reducing the number of disk input/outputs, and so increasing performance. Oracle executives said this would benefit SAP's supply chain management applications, where reporting, forecasting, and planning functions require processsing of very large data volumes.
SAP chairman Hasso Plattner said at Sapphire that the company would be ready to support the move towards 64-bit computing, which he described as the most significant event in the hardware world for some time. "From the first quarter of 1999, SAP R/3 will be fully enabled for 64-bit computing, when the hardware and software is ready for that," he said.
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