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Dell, Oracle Announce Expansion of Strategic Alliance

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Today at Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) Enterprise Forum, Dell announced an expanded worldwide alliance with Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) designed to help customers of all sizes realize the strength of the combined solutions of both companies. The two companies will introduce a new x86 infrastructure offering that combines Dell's best-in-class hardware with Oracle's industry-leading software, enabling organizations to deploy and manage applications faster with increased performance, flexibility and value at every scale. As part of the agreement, Oracle has named Dell a preferred x86 partner, and Dell has named Oracle a preferred enterprise infrastructure partner, including Oracle Linux.

With the new offering, Dell customers will gain access to Oracle's industry-leading infrastructure technologies including Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and Oracle Enterprise Manager that are optimized to run on leading x86 solutions from Dell. The Joint Infrastructure Solution is tested and validated as an application-ready platform for enterprises and delivered as a set of reference architectures that deliver high performance, cost-effective infrastructure solutions. Further, in a unique arrangement in the industry, the two companies will streamline customer support offerings to provide companies of all sizes with a single point of contact from Dell for all support-related needs.

“Dell is growing fast in the datacenter and gaining market share across the world in our three core businesses. In part, this success is due to the fact we are focused on building and optimizing Dell infrastructure to help customers run their core mission-critical workloads,” said Marius Haas, president of enterprise solutions for Dell. “Today's agreement with Oracle greatly expands this commitment. By combining Oracle's strong position in the database and business applications markets with Dell's leadership in industry-standard servers, datacenter storage and networking, we're combining the best of both worlds to deliver innovative solutions to customers that deliver superior performance, lower costs and increased value.”

“This partnership with Dell is an extension of Oracle's engineered systems strategy where we simplify IT and reduce integration costs by delivering hardware and software together,” said Oracle President Mark Hurd. “We believe that by working together, Dell will gain significant market share by delivering to its customers an integrated, optimized solution designed to deploy business critical applications. This is just the beginning of a lot of great things to come.”

Recognizing Dell's growing presence and importance in enterprise datacenters, Oracle has named Dell a preferred x86 partner on which to deploy Oracle software. With Oracle's strong presence in enterprise software, Dell has named Oracle a preferred enterprise infrastructure partner, including Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and Oracle Enterprise Manager.

Availability

Dell expects the integrated offerings to be available to customers in the second half of 2013.

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