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Oracle and Dell join forces on app servers

Dell Computer is reselling the Oracle9i Application Server on both the Windows and Linux platforms, Oracle said yesterday.

The application server will be pre-certified, tested, and pre-configured to run on Dell's Intel servers, said Oracle's Thomas Kurian, senior vice-president of server development and strategy.

"From Oracle's point of view, this validates the continued momentum of our application server technology with the endorsement of a key hardware vendor," Kurian said.

There has been a lot of interest in developing on the Intel platform and using Intel systems in datacentres, according to Kurian. Oracle's application server is based on J2EE 1.3 technology.

The announcement, scheduled for Monday (12 August), builds on the relationship established between Dell, Oracle, and Red Hat in May regarding the vendors' "Unbreakable Linux" plan, which allows the three vendors' offerings to serve as an application platform featuring clustering.

Analysts said the announcement promotes Linux as an easier platform for deploying Oracle products, similar to running them on Unix.

Oracle has been geared toward the Unix usage model rather than Windows, said IDC analyst Carl Olofson.

"Linux represents potentially a simpler way to deploy Oracle software because you don't have the multiple layers of vendors to deal with," said Olofson, as would be required in deploying Microsoft software.

The Standard Edition of the Oracle9i Application Server costs $10,000 (£6,541) per processor. The Enterprise Edition, featuring business intelligence, security, directory and enterprise application integration and caching facilities, costs $20,000 per CPU.

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