Dell (Quote, Chart) and Oracle (Quote, Chart) are expected to refresh and expand their existing relationship in order to embed more of Oracle's database software on Dell servers as part of a low-cost bundle.
Just like the deal they struck last year, the latest Dell-Oracle pairing would help Oracle position against rival Microsoft,
(Quote, Chart) whose SQL Server database competes with Oracle's
database products in the low end of the market. Oracle has been cutting the cost of its database products in the past year, and offered a one processor, sub-$1,000 9i option for small businesses.
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