Last Thursday, Oracle announced a major deal with rival hardware vendors Dell and Hewlett-Packard. The two computer hardware giants agreed to certify and resell Oracle VM (Oracle's flagship server virtualization offering based on the open source Xen hypervisor) as well as Oracle's Solaris and Enterprise Linux operating systems on their respective x86 server platforms.
Additionally, the deal stated that customers will have full access to Oracle's Premier Support for Oracle VM, Solaris, and Oracle Enterprise Linux running on Dell and HP servers, which should provide fast and accurate issue resolution and reduced risk in a company's operating environment. Customers who subscribe to Oracle Premier Support will also benefit from Oracle's continuing investment in these products and any innovations that come with future updates.
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But this announcement also creates an interesting twist considering that Oracle recently adopted a new tagline after the company's acquisition of Sun Microsystems that reads, "Software. Hardware. Complete." Bringing together all of its resources, Oracle has been able to promote the idea of its own end-to-end computing stack that can be offered to consumers.
To help put this notion of a single vendor offering into perspective, Oracle states on its website: "Oracle's product strategy provides flexibility and choice to our customers across their IT infrastructure. Now, with Sun server, storage, operating-system, and virtualization technology, Oracle is the only vendor able to offer a complete technology stack in which every layer is integrated to work together as a single system."