Oracle to boost Linux profile

Oracle Corp., Red Hat Inc., and Dell Computer Corp. will gather at Oracle headquarters in Redwood Shores, Calif., on Wednesday to tout a partnership based on the Linux operating system as part of the unveiling of "Unbreakable Linux."

The announcement will cover joint development work to make the Oracle technology stack "unbreakable" on Linux, according to an Oracle source.

Part of the announcement will focus on the company's existing support of Linux on the Oracle 9i database and Oracle's RAC (Real Application Clusters) technology, according to the source. The event is a customer-partner event focusing on enterprise-ready Linux.

An analyst said the announcement apparently will focus on price performance on Linux, given the participation of Intel hardware vendor Dell.

"Those three companies participating together is significant, given that Oracle has always had a close partnership with Sun," said analyst Stacey Quandt, of Giga Information Group, in Santa Clara, Calif.

"They're going to talk about what they can achieve as far as the benefits of price performance as far as overall RAC-on-Linux functionality," Quandt said.

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