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Smart Partner: Oracle Goes Big, Real Big, Into Linux

Aug 09, 2000, 23:41 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"When Larry Ellison made it clear last month, by forcing out longtime president and COO Ray Lane, that he wanted Oracle to pursue a much more aggressive tack toward IBM and Microsoft, no one knew that Linux would play a major part of his new strategy. Now, we know. Oracle is crowing that it is the first to release an enterprise-level application server for Linux, Oracle Internet Application Server 8I (iAS)."

"IBM, with WebSphere and DB2 having long been available on Linux, begs to differ. IBM and Oracle, along with Informix and Sybase, had previously released their workgroup sized database management systems (DBMS), such as Oracle 8i, on Linux. Regardless of who was first, the day of enterprise DBMS on Linux is dawning."

"If you doubt that this is anything save Oracle making a public relations point, think again. The Linux version of Oracle iAS is available for order today. Its Windows NT/2000 brother won't be out until September. Oracle is dead serious about supporting Linux as an enterprise platform."

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