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Oracle, Dell Deal Windows Server Bundle

Oracle and Dell reaffirmed their longstanding partnership to bring low-cost computing packages to customers, bundling Oracle Database 10g Standard Edition One with Microsoft Windows Server 2003 on Dell PowerEdge servers.

The new offering allows small business customers to build and run applications on some of the most popular software in the industry with commodity hardware from Dell.

That Oracle's database software is running behind Windows operating system software might seem like a strange pairing, but Dell, because of its true commodity positioning, is the hub of this wheel. So the competitive cooperation makes sense.

The deal is not exclusive, either. Oracle and Dell already sell a package for selling Red Hat Linux together.

In a statement, Oracle and Dell said having Database 10g Standard Edition One, Unix and Windows pre-installed on Dell systems cuts configuration time. There is also a customized dashboard for system management that is powered by the Windows Server start bar.

Running Standard One on PowerEdge 2800 and 2850 servers is one way for customers to start small, the companies said. Should they require more power, the flexibility of 10G allows administrators to scale up.

As a follow-up to an agreement inked in April, the software and license is preloaded on Dell servers at no additional cost.

Dell is the single selling contact for these platforms and is selling the first package -- Standard One and Windows Server 2003 on the PowerEdge 2850 -- now. The platform will be available on the PowerEdge 2800 in the fourth quarter. All platforms come with the PowerVault 220S external storage system.

Prices vary by configuration.