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The expanded Dell-Oracle relationship stems from the May 2013 Dell Enterprise Forum where Dell surprised solution providers and customers by unveiling a new relationship with Oracle that the companies said will bring Oracle's business-critical software to market on Dell's x86 server platform.
Under that new worldwide alliance, Dell was named a preferred x86 server partner by Oracle, while Oracle became a preferred enterprise infrastructure partner of Dell.
Oracle President Mark Hurd unveiled the partnership in a video presentation at the Dell Enterprise Forum during which he said that his company will work with Dell to deliver integrated hardware and software solutions, with software optimized to run on Dell's x86-based servers.
The news Wednesday from Dell was not nearly as dramatic.
Michael Dell said his company has entered an engineering-level partnership with Oracle under which Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c is being integrated with Dell OpenManage, a systems management solution that uses inherent management capabilities in Dell servers, storage and networking devices to automate tasks and control maintenance schedules.
With the integration, customers will have a single interface to view their entire infrastructure from hardware to applications, Michael Dell said.
It is slated to give businesses visibility into both their Dell infrastructure and the Oracle databases present on the hardware, he said. "This new level of visibility and integration will help optimize performance and ensure that optimum levels of service will be achieved," Michael Dell said.
Dell on Wednesday also introduced Oracle Linux and Oracle VM virtualization support to the Dell Active Infrastructure.
Dell Active Infrastructure is Dell's converged infrastructure solution that combines the company's server, storage, networking and management technology into a complete system.
The new Dell Active Infrastructure for Oracle solutions means that customers get access to first-call support from Dell Services and can purchase and renew Oracle Linux and Oracle VM support services directly from Dell.
"And Dell Active Infrastructure for Oracle will be the basis for future integration with Oracle," Michael Dell said.