Dell Computer on Wednesday joined hands with software maker Oracle to build computing clusters.
Dell will offer new computing clusters based on its servers, Oracle's 9i Database software and the Linux operating system. The two companies will also work together to create a new suite of professional services related to clusters. The new agreement, which expands a five-year partnership between Dell and Oracle, lets Dell sell Oracle software on its servers outside the United States.
Dell Chief Executive Michael Dell, speaking at a press conference in New York, said the deal furthers the company's goals of offering more computing performance for customers that use standard components such as Intel processors and Linux operating systems.
"We've done quite well in selling Intel-based servers for file and print, Internet infrastructure and (Microsoft) Exchange and messaging, but this widens the opportunity in a database-type environment," said Terry Klein, vice president of Dell's Advanced Systems Group in an interview with CNET's News.com