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Oracle 10g app server gains U.K. ground

Gartner Inc. is urging Fujitsu Siemens customers in Europe to migrate their application servers to Oracle 10g now that the two companies have reached a new agreement.

Some Fujitsu Siemens customers based in Europe are being urged by Gartner Inc. to migrate their application servers to Oracle 10g, according to Massimo Pezzini, a Gartner analyst based in Italy.

Under an agreement announced last month by the two companies, Fujitsu Siemens will eventually phase out its application server offering in favor of Oracle 10g. The deal could give Oracle a boost in Europe, where it ranks third in the application server market, behind IBM and BEA Systems Inc., Pezzini said.

The agreement could affect thousands of Fujitsu Siemens customers, mainly medium-sized government agencies and financial companies, Pezzini said.

In a Gartner report titled "Oracle Application Server Gains Momentum From FSC Deal," customers using Fujitsu Siemens' application server are advised to migrate to Oracle 10g Application Server during the next six to nine months.

"They now have a large partner selling their application server technology mainly in Europe, so it is yet another channel of the Oracle application server technology," Pezzini said. "From a European standpoint, this is quite significant for Oracle."

Oracle unveiled its 10g Application Server in September at its OracleWorld conference, showing off how the product makes management of applications running in grid computing environments much easier. The software includes enhanced integration and Web services capabilities, as well as a greater number of automated features.

BEA and IBM will find it tough to sell their WebLogic and WebSphere application servers to Fujitsu Siemens' large customers, he said. Oracle has relied on small, specialized vendors for mainframe integration; now it can leverage Fujitsu Siemens' proven mainframe integration technology, Pezzini said.

"Clearly the Oracle-Fujitsu Siemens alliance is pretty strong, and this is going to put competitive pressure mainly on BEA," he said.

Oracle will continue to work with other hardware vendors, such as Sun Microsystems Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co. But customers should welcome the agreement with Fujitsu Siemens, Pezzini said, because it indicates that 10g, although less popular and proven than similar products, is gaining industry support.


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