Freescale Semiconductor and Oracle partner to evolve an “Internet of Things” platform, NetApp deepens its integration with Oracle products, and Nimble Storage offers a SmartStack validated reference architecture with Oracle.
Oracle and Freescale enable “Internet of Things”
Freescale Semiconductor (FSL) and Oracle have agreed to a wide-ranging relationship to help rapidly evolve the “Internet of Things” (IoT). Freescale is joining the Java Community Process (JCP) and work with Oracle and other JCP members to drive standard technical specifications for the Java platform. Freescale’s focus in the JCP will initially be on Java for resource-constrained processing platforms, such as the low-cost, small geometry micro-controllers that provide the embedded intelligence for IoT-enabled products.
The companies plan to establish abstraction layer technology allowing Oracle Java ME Embedded to run seamlessly on Freescale’s MQX embedded operating system and across a broad spectrum of Freescale micro-controllers, dramatically expanding the available processing platform choices for developers looking to create innovative IoT edge node products.
“The immense potential of the IoT is undeniable, but its promise will only be realized if industry leaders join forces to do the work necessary to turn the vision into a reality,” said Geoff Lees, senior vice president and general manager of Freescale’s MCU business. “With its broad adoption, open source model, huge enablement ecosystem and well-defined roadmap, Java technology is ideally suited for IoT requirements. The powerful combination of Java with the performance and security of Freescale’s extensive embedded processing portfolio is well-positioned to play a defining role in the evolution of the IoT.”
NetApp deepens Oracle integration
NetApp (NTAP) announced updates to the NetApp Solution for Oracle Database, which includes enhancements for Oracle Database 12c and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c. This means that mutual Oracle and NetApp customers can more easily and effectively manage their data across private and hybrid cloud infrastructures. Through the use of integrated database commands, customers can make Snapshot copies of existing databases using NetApp FlexClone technology to reduce development times to seconds instead of hours or minutes. Customers can also monitor NetApp storage based on clustered Data ONTAP in a private or public cloud environment from a single user interface.
“NetApp has a vision of enabling customers to achieve maximum business success by leveraging the cloud. With more than a decade of joint product testing and innovation between the two companies, we are rolling out offerings that help customers quickly deploy Oracle application and database environments while storing and managing this business-critical data across multiple cloud resources,” said Brendon Howe, Vice President, Product and Solutions Marketing .
Nimble Storage introduces SmartStack
Nimble Storage announced a new SmartStack converged infrastructure solution leveraging Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and Oracle Database, running on Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS). Nimble launched a series of SmartStack reference architectures that eliminate the challenges associated with deploying application, server, hypervisor, networking, and storage components as an integrated solution. At the heart of every SmartStack solution is a pre-validated reference architecture leveraging Nimble Storage CS-Series and strategic partners’ solutions.
“Converged and integrated systems have rapidly moved from evaluation environments to deployments running production applications,” said Eric Sheppard, research director, Storage at IDC. ”We’re seeing a very high level of confidence in these types of systems as large and midsized companies leverage integrated systems to decrease time to deployment, reduce downtime, lower operation costs, and improve resource utilization. Nimble Storage’s expansion of their SmartStack offering helps to ensure they can capitalize on this current market movement by offering a larger portion of their current and future customers such benefits.”