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EMC, Oracle Team to Protect Data

EMC, of Hopkinton, Mass., and Oracle , of Redwood Shores, Calif., have unveiled new software to prevent corrupted data from spreading over storage networks.

EMC Double Checksum is designed to prevent corrupted data from spreading across an information storage network. It incorporates Oracle's validation software into EMC's Symmetrix storage systems, and runs on EMC's Enginuity operating system.

While data corruption in storage networks is rare, it can be costly if the problem goes undetected for some time. The recovery process can be slow and costly, depending on when the database was last backed-up.

"Networked storage environments require data to flow through many components, including servers, storage systems, switches and host adapters," said Chuck Hollis, of EMC. "Each component has the potential to compromise the integrity of data before it reaches the storage system. With EMC Double Checksum software, data corruption can be identified and corrected, saving businesses millions in compromised information, added service costs and lost revenue."

The product is the first data integrity application under Oracle's new Hardware Assisted Resilient Data (HARD) initiative, a program to detect and prevent data corruptions before being written to disk.

"Data loss can seriously handicap a business," said Robert Shimp, of Oracle. "We're delighted that EMC has joined in our HARD initiative. Together we have developed technology that combats the operating system bugs and hardware errors that can cause data corruption."

Shares of EMC rallied 1.02, or 8 percent, to 14.11 at midday while ORCL stock edged up 0.48, or 3 percent, to 14.93.