"In a move clearly aimed at blunting IBM's Linux initiatives,
Oracle on Tuesday delivered its first enterprise-level
application server for Linux, along with announcing several joint
marketing agreements with top-tier Linux distributors involving the
"The Java-based Oracle Internet Application Server 8i is the
last piece of the company's enterprise Linux strategy to be put in
place, according to officials at Redwood Shores, Calif.-based
Oracle. The product is intended to complement the company's Oracle
8i Data Base Enterprise Edition shipped last year and the Oracle
E-Business Suite 11i shipped earlier this summer."
"Oracle officials hope the now-complete series of applications
will give them a more complete arsenal with which to fight IBM,
which also has made an unwavering commitment to weaving Linux
compatibility across all four of its major computing platforms:
RS/6000 Unix servers, AS/400 minicomputers and NetFinity PC
servers, and S/390 mainframes "We are really bringing out the big
guns now to go after IBM directly in the application server space
on Linux," said Bob Shimp, senior director of Internet platform
marketing at Oracle."
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