Oracle preps 9i for IBM mainframe Linux systems

Oracle will release a version of its 9i database software for IBM mainframe Linux environments in mid-2002, the company said Monday.

Developer releases of the Oracle 9i database for Linux for S/390 and zSeries mainframe servers from IBM are available for free download on Oracle's Technology Network service (http://otn.oracle.com/), the company said in a brief statement.

Oracle, which recently announced it will run its "whole business" on a cluster of Intel Corp.-based servers running Linux, has been evaluating which Oracle products, if any, to deliver on IBM's mainframe systems. The Redwood Shores, California-based software maker expects to release further details in the coming days.

The move to mainframes, despite increasing the target customer base, could also mean that Oracle's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Larry Ellison has come back on his prediction of the demise of large server systems because of the benefits of Oracle's clustering technology.

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