German software company, SAP, gets a great deal of animosity from Oracle. What used to be a perfectly harmonious cooperation got saddled with lawsuits and copyright infringement culminating in a $1.3 billion decision against SAP in favor of Oracle in 2010 to the subsequent $306 million settlement in 2012.
The competition between the two software giants was undoubtedly fueled by similar offerings and increasing pressure from cloud service providers. Over the course of recent years, Oracle has been trying to lure SAP customers and vice versa.
Oracle’s Realization: The customers first
But Oracle realizes that they cannot alienate potential customers in that they made sure that anybody could use Oracle software, no matter if they are running Linux, SAP or any other operating system or platforms there is. In fact, Oracle has said that Oracle Database is what most SAP customers worldwide use, allowing these users to benefit from the strength and cost benefits of the integrated technologies between SAP and Oracle.
Oracle Corp. has also enhanced its products’ extensibility by making sure that its services and software adapt to technologies used by other companies.
And this is the reason why you could still Implement SAP applications using Oracle technology. IT professional and DELL Inc. employee Mahesh Pakala has released a case study detailing how you could make SAP’s Netweaver version 7.0 platform to work with Oracle 10g Release 2 database server, Oracle Cluster, Oracle and GRID Control all running on RedHat AS4 U6 Enterprise edition.
To do this, there are four steps that you should do.
How To Make Your SAP System Work With Oracle’s
1. First, you need to set up the cluster hardware and cluster software, the operating system, the network and shared storage. You would also need to understand both the SAP architecture requirements and challenges in implementation.
2. Then you need to install Oracle Cluster File System, the CRS and Oracle Database, and then configure NIC teaming, storage and multi-path setups. This is when you should install Oracle Grid Control and upgrade it to version 10.2.0.4. You should be able to setup the agents in the servers that are relevant.
3. And then, you would need to install Linux on the related app servers, as well as the SAP Java environment and configure the requirements for storage and hardware.
4. Lastly, you need to deploy the SAP application by using the same solution manager that you used to deploy Oracle Server. Be sure to upgrade Oracle Database and make changes to RAC. Then you need to go into the SAP Application Server to change the listener files and tnsnames.
Mahesh Pakala explains the procedures in detail here: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/database/features/availability/sap-oracle10gr2-maa-dell-131409.pdf
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This is just one way that Oracle and SAP technologies can work together. Four Cornerstone invites you to call us even if you are using SAP technologies. In fact, you would be surprised at how easy it is to use, deploy and manage your systems and databases using Oracle’s wide range of software.
Four Cornerstone can help you implement Oracle technologies in your system, so that you could gain the advantage that only Oracle products can bring you. You can do this without too much waiting and even without learning more about Oracle’s technologies!