Oracle's Plan for Solaris Servers
July 30, 2010
Oracle has said that Dell and Hewlett-Packard (HP) intend to certify and resell Solaris and Enterprise Linux operating systems in addition to Oracle VM on x86 servers. As reported on The Register, The current Dell PowerEdge operating system support matrix shows Dell supporting Solaris 10 Update 6 and 7 on a mix of the currently shipping Xeon and Opteron rack servers, with Update 8 only being available on the PowerEdge R910, and Dell also has Solaris 10 Update 7 certified on its M605, M610, M710, M805, and M905 blade servers.
"So Oracle's yanking of HP's Solaris 10 OEM contract back in May or early June (the precise time was never made clear) was less about HP being in the Unix business, competing with Solaris, and more about HP peddling the whole Oracle operating system and virtualization stack. Something Oracle clearly wanted HP to do, and something that HP must have balked at or it wouldn't have gotten its OEM deal yanked in the first place.
"With Oracle's database driving a large percentage of midrange and high-end server sales and Solaris perhaps driving more than a few ProLiant sales, HP can only push Oracle so far.