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By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-05-19 Print this article Print

On Monday, the two announced that software from Oracle, of Redwood Shores, Calif., will run on all Solaris x86 and Linux on x86 hardware from Sun. The software includes everything from Oracle9i Database, Oracle9i Application server and Oracle Collaboration Suite. The two companies also are going to work to have the Oracle software be enabled to be automatically deployed within data centers powered by Sun N1s strategy. N1 is Suns initiative—similar to IBMs on-demand and Hewlett-Packard Co.s adaptive enterprise pushes—to virtualize the data center, enabling the dynamic management of resources within the centers.
The two companies also will integrate Suns StarOffice suite with Oracles Collaboration Suite, and will collaborate on joint marketing and support programs.
Sun, of Santa Clara, Calif., also is rolling out two new low-cost, rack-optmized servers, the Sun Fire V60x and V65x. The V60x is a 1U (1.75-inch-high) one- to two-way system powered by Intel Corp. 2.8GHz Xeon processors that can run either Red Hat Linux or Solaris OS x86 Platform Edition. The entry-level server, aimed at such jobs as Web serving, e-mail and caching, also up to 6GB of memory and three Ultra320 SCSI hard drives, according to Sun. The 2U V65x can run up to two 2.8GHz or 3.06GHz Xeons, and comes with up to 12GB of memory, six 36GB or 73GB hard drives, and up to six PCI-X slots, Sun said. Both systems are available now, with pricing starting at $2,450 fo rhte V60x and $2,650 for the V65x. McNealy also announced a global agreement with Linux developer Red Hat Inc. Mondays event comes as Sun, which made its bones with high-end Unix servers, continues to push for more share in the low-end x86 space. In February, Sun announced that the initial centerpiece of its N1 platform would be its new blade architecture, featuring its Sun Fire Blade Servers and Sun Fire B1600 Intelligent Shelf chassis. Souheil Saliba, vice president of marketing for Suns Volume System Products group, said that this summer the company will roll out 1U and 2U blade servers for the x86 market that will be able to run either Solaris x86 or Linux.
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Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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