IBM, Oracle in Mainframe Collaboration

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2006-10-26 Email Print this article Print

The software maker will bring a host of applications to IBM's System z platform.

IBM's announced partnership with Oracle encompassing the mainframe, Linux and business applications is only the latest in what will be a series of such collaborations with major software vendors, according to the head of IBM's System z business.

Oracle and IBM announced Oct. 24 at the software maker's OpenWorld show in San Francisco that they have entered a marketing and business partnership that will result in the bulk of Oracle's enterprise applications becoming available on IBM's mainframe systems running Linux.

It also will offer customers help from both vendors in migrating their workloads onto Linux running on the System z servers.

"What you've got here are two very powerful, very strong, very enterprise-focused companies saying that they are going to help customers do a couple of things," Stallings said.

Not only are more Oracle applications going to be available on System z servers and a joint effort made to help customers migrate their applications, but IBM also is offering a rebate to customers who buy Oracle software and put it on a new or upgraded mainframe, he said.

The Oracle announcement comes on the heels of a similar one IBM made in August, when officials said they were going to invest $40 million over the next five years to test and support applications from SAP on the mainframe. In addition, IBM also is offering rebates in connection with this partnership.

The Armonk, N.Y., technology giant is looking at similar collaborations, Stallings said.

"Our strategy going forward is to partner with application providers and ISVs," he said. "You're going to see a steady stream of announcements like this."

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