Oracle, Dell join forces on app servers

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

The application server will be precertified, tested, and preconfigured to run on Dell's Intel Corp. servers, said Oracle's Thomas Kurian, senior vice president of server development and strategy, in Redwood Shores, Calif.

"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 datacenters, Kurian said. Oracle's application server is based on J2EE 1.3 technology.

The announcement, set for Monday, builds on the relationship established between Dell, Oracle, and Red Hat in May pertaining to the vendors' "Unbreakable Linux" plan, which provides for the three vendors' offerings to serve as an application platform featuring clustering. Dell already has been reselling the Oracle database.

An analyst said the announcement leverages 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 the analyst, Carl Olofson, of IDC in Framingham, Mass.

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

The Standard Edition of the Oracle9i Application Server costs US$10,000 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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