Dell to begin shipping factory-loaded Oracle for Linux

Determined to "simplify and commoditize the Oracle product stack," Dell Computer Corp. on Wednesday announced it would begin shipping its PowerEdge servers preconfigured with Oracle9i this spring.

At the same time, Dell and Oracle Corp. will establish a Linux Competency Center to provide their customers with a facility to view and test Oracle-based applications for Linux running on Dell's Intel-based hardware, free of charge.

"Oracle can be very robust, but also difficult to manage," said James Jech, Dell's global alliance manager. The companies plan to deliver preconfigured Dell systems running Oracle to ease the management burden.

Dell will offer "specific identifying skews" of server/software configurations for either small, medium, or enterprise-class businesses, Jech said. Pricing will be announced during the spring product launch.

The Competency Center, which will also concentrate on the development of Linux clusters on Dell hardware, will be located at Dell's Central Texas campus in Round Rock, Texas, Jech said.

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