The off-the-shelf Dell/Oracle bundles will appeal to customers interested in using Oracle's enterprise software to deploy the Oracle tools using Dell's hardware platform.
Dell designs and sells its servers based on a three-tier network architecture, defined as the database layer, the application server layer, and the front-end Web-server layer. Dell is offering two configurations.
For the database, Dell will offer an Oracle9i Database certified configuration running on Dell's PowerEdge 6400 server.
For the application layer, Dell will offer Oracle9i Real Application Clusters Certified Configuration running on Dell's PowerEdge 6450 server, with support for Dell/EMC Fibre Channel switches and Dell PowerConnect 5012 gigabit Ethernet switches.
The company's Dell/EMC FC4700 midrange storage system will be offered as storage support for the software/hardware configurations.
Bundled software and hardware products such the Dell/Oracle certified configurations have become a popular way for hardware vendors to help customers install complex network systems.
From January 2002, Oracle Certified Configurations for Dell will be available for Microsoft and Linux operating system environments.