IBM has won Sun's help in a bid to increase shipments of its DB2 database, which will now be offered as a package with a Sun server and the Solaris operating system.
The two companies will work together to optimise DB2 Universal Database to run on Sun's Solaris Unix based OS and its E10000 Starfire server. They will also conduct joint marketing programmes, and share access to customers. Sun?s US reseller Merisel will sell the package.
The deal gives IBM the chance to sell more of its DB2 product away from its existing NT, AIX Unix and mainframe platforms. Sun gets the chance to expand its presence in the enterprise resource planning market, in which DB2 is widely installed.
In addition, Sun and IBM are bundling IBM?s Web based decision support tools, DB2 Olap server and Intelligent Miner, with a Sun workgroup server.
IBM is considering similar deals with other system vendors.
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