SAP and BEA have joined with Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, Cisco Systems and EMC, the founding members of the '5nines: 5minutes' Alliance, to develop high availability systems that they hope will fit the requirements of the Internet age.
The aim is to come up with products and services to increase the uptime of mission critical systems, including the hardware element, operating systems, databases, applications and networks.
Janice Chaffin, vice president and general manager of Hewlett-Packard's (HP) Critical Computing business unit, said: "Companies today cannot afford to risk failures. Every minute of downtime means losses that range from tens of thousands to literally millions of dollars."
She added that HP was expanding its 10 year relationship with SAP in an attempt to ensure that their 6,000 joint customers worldwide only suffered five minutes of downtime per year.
"With the increase in the availability of the Internet, our customers cannot experience any downtime. With this partnership, we will reduce downtime, planned and unplanned, and availability will be maintained through management," she said.
"We are able to speed implementation by a few components and a unique technology called HP Somersault, integrated into SAP's R/3, which will protect customers from a single point of failure," she claimed.
Middleware provider, BEA, has also joined the 5nines: 5minutes Alliance to add its Tuxedo transaction processing monitor to the mix.
Chaffin said: "We are already integrating and optimising Tuxedo for high availability in the area of management. We are integrating some of the Tuxedo technology into our systems and also adding it as a smart plugin for Openview."
She added that HP's Openview systems management software would, in future, also work with Oracle's Enterprise Manager and Cisco Works.
"This will help with management because users can view from one place what's happening with their environment," she explained.
But she added that about 40 per cent of all system outages were caused by human error, which needed to be eliminated.
"Availability isn't a luxury anymore for people especially over the Internet. It is critical and becomes a competitive advantage for companies," she concluded.
HP launched the initiative at the beginning of last year with the intention of hitting the 99.999 target sometime in 2001. (see Newswire 10 February, 1998)
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