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Dell, Oracle and Red Hat Deliver Business-Critical Linux Solutions for the Enterprise

Dell Delivers New Certified Platforms for Oracle9i Database and Red Hat Linux Advanced Server

RALEIGH, N.C.

As platform development partners for Oracle9iÃâeuro Database on Linux and leaders in the server, database and Linux markets respectively, Dell, Oracle and Red Hat have optimized these solutions to provide maximum performance, while increasing customers' return on investment and simplifying corporate computing infrastructures. Specifically, Dell will certify its entire line of PowerEdgeÃâeuro servers for Red Hat Linux Advanced Server and Oracle9i Database Release 2. In the coming months, Dell will offer certified configurations of Oracle9i Real Application Clusters (RAC), speeding deployment and increasing availability for business-critical Oracle database applications.



 

In addition, Dell will now resell Oracle licenses with PowerEdge servers and certified configurations, further simplifying the customer's experience for Oracle9i Database and Oracle9i Application Server deployments. Customers can choose Dell as a single point of sale for all their Dell-Oracle configurations with the same level of service and support as if purchased from Oracle directly.

Leaders in Linux

Dell has worked extensively with Oracle and Red Hat to deliver industry-firsts that include the first Oracle9i Database certified configuration running Red Hat Linux and the first Oracle clustering certification on Dell | EMC storage systems.

"Over the last six months, we have seen a significant increase in Linux interest from our corporate customers," said Russ Holt, vice president of Dell's Enterprise Systems Group. "Fortune 500 companies are turning to Dell, Oracle and Red Hat to take advantage of the dramatic price and performance benefits we can provide through a comprehensive Linux-based solution for infrastructure computing."

"As Oracle continues to evolve our technology to meet our customers' requirements, Dell has become a leading partner because of their commitment to high performance and flexibility at a competitive price point," said Juan Jones, vice president Market Development, Platform Technologies Division, Oracle Corp. "Our goal is simply to provide Oracle's world class technology on industry standard servers so that customers have a low-cost, highly available choice for running their business."

Dell PowerEdge servers will also support Oracle9i Database Release 2 and Oracle9i RAC on Microsoft Windows 2000 Server when it becomes available.

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About Dell

Dell Computer Corporation (Nasdaq: DELL), the world's most preferred computer systems company, is a premier provider of products and services required for customers worldwide to build their information-technology and Internet infrastructures. The company's revenue for the past four quarters totaled $31.2 billion. Dell, through its direct business model, designs, manufactures and customizes products and services to customer requirements, and offers an extensive selection of software and peripherals. Information on Dell and its products can be obtained at www.dell.com.

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About Red Hat, Inc.

Red Hat, the world's leading open source and Linux provider, is headquartered in Raleigh, NC with satellite offices spanning the globe. Red Hat is leading Linux and open source solutions into the mainstream by making high quality, low cost technology accessible. Red Hat provides operating system software along with middleware, applications and management solutions. Red Hat also offers support, training and consulting services to its customers worldwide and through top-tier partnerships. Red Hat's open source strategy offers customers a long term plan for building infrastructures that are based on and leverage open source technologies with focus on security and ease of management. Learn more: http://www.redhat.com

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