Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is extending the Red Hat battlefield to the channel with an extension to Oracles longstanding alliance with IT reseller CDW.
Oracle announced this week that it had entered into a multiyear agreement with CDW to sell support for Oracle Unbreakable Linux. Although Oracle distributes Unbreakable Linux, company officials say it is not a Linux distributor. Instead, Oracle focuses on offering support and, as Ellison said at the closing speech of OracleWorld in San Francisco, delivering numerous bug-fixes for RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux).
So, from Oracles viewpoint, Oracle Unbreakable Linux is a program that provides enterprises with industry-leading global support for Linux. Unbreakable Linux, however, is no longer simply a RHEL clone.
What CDW brings to the table, both Oracle and CDW officials say, will be the ability to leverage its successful e-commerce Web site and technical resources to expand the reach of Oracles Linux support offering. Thus, CDWs Unbreakable Linux customers will benefit from comprehensive, enterprise-quality Linux support while enabling reduced IT infrastructure costs.
The Oracle PartnerNetwork channel is a global business network of 19,500 companies who deliver software solutions based on Oracle software. CDW is the first major Oracle partner to join in Oracles Linux efforts.