Compaq picks Oracle Internet package for servers

In a move viewed by some industry observers as a stab at Microsoft's server operating systems, Compaq Computer announced it will test, certify, and pre-load the new Oracle Internet Platform across its entire line of servers and storage offering as a prepackaged bundle.

The Oracle Internet Platform includes Oracle8i, Oracle Internet Application Server 8i (Oracle iAS), and the Oracle Internet Developer Suite and allows for cross-platform functionality on Compaq hardware, something Microsoft's operating systems apparently do not, a source close to Compaq said.

"With the Oracle platform, an engineer can write an application once, then deploy it across the entire Compaq server platform," the source said. "Microsoft operating systems are still part of our server offerings, but [Microsoft] just won't do what we can with the Oracle platform."

Demonstrating that the company practises what it preaches, Compaq has also adopted the Oracle Internet Platform for its own internal Internet operation. Compaq officials are saying the deal is all about deepening the partnership between Oracle and Compaq and that the announcement follows a number of firsts for Oracle's software on Compaq hardware, including a clustered database on OpenVMS platforms, Oracle software running in an Alpha 64-bit environment, and Oracle running in a clustered Windows NT environment.

The new three-year agreement puts Oracle technology on top of Compaq's Proliant, Himalaya, and Alpha product.

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