SAP has certified Oracle’s Database In-Memory service for use with applications hosted on its Netweaver platform in a move that should have notable benefits for companies using both firm's technology.
The move means that customers with Oracle’s database technology and SAP software will be able to integrate them to carry out data analysis and transaction processing.
This should help firms to operate more efficiently by incorporating two key areas of their IT estates without the need to buy additional technology or move systems, which can be a costly and complex business.
Andy Mendelsohn, executive vice president of database server technologies at Oracle, explained that the SAP certification is a big win for customers of both firms.
“Customers can be assured that their SAP applications running on Oracle Database and Oracle Engineered Systems are fully supported. Oracle Database In-Memory provides mutual customers with an enterprise-grade, in-memory solution from Oracle,” he said.
Manufacturing company Lion Corporation, which uses both services, said that the company is "excited" to see what benefits the deal will bring, as outlined by Masatoshi Utsunomiya, director of the Integrated Systems Division at Lion.
“With SAP’s certification of Oracle Database In-Memory, we are excited to explore how the real-time speed and application transparency of Oracle Database In-Memory can further evolve us towards a real-time enterprise," he added.
The move is the second notable collaboration between SAP and Oracle in just three months, after SAP certified several other Oracle products for use with its software. These are Oracle Database 12c, Oracle Exadata Database Machine X5-2 and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud X5-2.
The move comes as Oracle and SAP compete for dominance in the in-memory market. Oracle is looking to use its Database 12c in-memory service, unveiled in 2013, to take on SAP's HANA tool unveiled in 2011.
Oracle and SAP have a complicated relationship. The two often take pot shots at each other, and have been embroiled in a five-year legal case relating to the theft of code from a now-defunct subsidary of SAP, TomorrowNow, from Oracle.
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