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Oracle Joins IBM Unix Facility as "Founding Partner"

Oracle is joining IBM's AIX Collaboration Center as a founding partner and will work with IBM engineers at the Austin, Texas, center to ensure that Oracle applications run efficiently under the AIX operating system.

IBM announced the center Dec. 16 as a $200 million investment where it will centralize AIX development, customer relations and advanced features for independent software vendors. While the figure represents existing salaries and equipment drawn together under one roof, it also represents some shift in emphasis by IBM from Linux back to its mature Unix operating system.

"IBM has become the leader in the Unix marketplace," said Oracle President Charles Phillips in a prepared statement. "Our partnership will allow Oracle to take advantage of the momentum they have generated over the last few years," he said.

Oracle's rediscovery of AIX comes a month after CEO Larry Ellison declared Sun Microsystems Solaris 10 "as its preferred development and deployment platform for most x64 (64-bit chips, such as UltraSparc, Xeon and Opteron) architectures." IBM's 64-bit chip, the Power 5, runs IBM pSeries servers, which use the AIX operating system.

At the time, Ellison said, "it's impossible to ignore the significant market opportunity created by the incredible growth of Solaris 10" since Sun has made the operating system open source code. Sun claims to have experienced 3.5 million downloads of Solaris 10 since making the operating system freely available in June.

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