In preparation for the expected surge of information on the Web, Oracle Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. have announced plans to combine software and hardware from the two companies. In early 2001, the vendors plan to introduce Oracle Parallel Fail Safe software running on Sun's Solaris operating environment. Sun will provide its Enterprise servers -- including some of its new UltraSPARC III processor-based Sun Fire systems -- and Sun StorEdge arrays with Sun Cluster software. The combination of technologies could allow for sub-30-second fail-over time on enterprise systems, officials at the two companies said. Also at the start of 2001, Oracle plans to deliver its Data Guard application on Solaris. The two companies collaborated on the development and testing of this technology, looking to solve problems in the area of disaster-recovery protection.