Dell-Oracle Alliance On Engineered Systems
Dell surprised solution providers 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 the new worldwide alliance, Dell was named a preferred x86 server partner by Oracle, while Oracle is now a preferred enterprise infrastructure partner of Dell.
Oracle President Mark Hurd unveiled the partnership during the Dell Enterprise Forum in a video presentation during which he said his company will work with Dell to deliver integrated hardware and software solutions, with software optimized to run on Dell's x86-based servers.
One Dell solution provider who requested anonymity said, "The last thing I ever expected at this event was to see Mark Hurd's face."