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Jan 31 2012   2:51PM GMT

SAP could license HANA to Oracle

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

SAP co-CEO Bill McDermott said in an interview published Monday that he could see SAP’s High Performance Analytic Appliance (HANA) being licensed to Oracle, one of its main rivals in the database and business applications space.

According to Reuters, McDermott told a German newspaper that the possibility exists.

“The question is whether Oracle can imagine it,” he said.

McDermott’s comment about “whether Oracle can imagine” the possibility of running Oracle applications on SAP HANA seems a bit ridiculous. Oracle applications already run on competing appliances such as Teradata and IBM Netezza. Also, SAP applications run on Oracle Exadata. It seems a strong possibility that Oracle would be open to the idea of Oracle applications running on SAP HANA.

SAP HANA could give Oracle shops another choice when it comes to appliances. HANA lines up against Oracle’s own in-memory appliance,¬†Exalytics, as well as lining up indirectly against the Oracle Exadata database machine. In a recent SearchOracle.com survey, about 6% of Oracle shops said they would consider SAP HANA as an alternative to Exadata. That isn’t a lot, but it’s important to remember that SAP HANA just came out at the end of 2010.

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