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June 25, 2013

Oracle, Salesforce Pen Deal to Integrate Cloud Services

Partnership Announced Just Hours After Oracle-Microsoft Agreement

Salesforce.com and Oracle announced a nine-year technology pact today that will see the two companies integrate their cloud technologies.

The news comes just hours after the announcement of an enterprise partnership between Oracle and former rival Microsoft.

The partnership between Oracle and sales and marketing software developer Salesforce.com will include all three tiers of cloud computing: applications, platform and infrastructure.

As part of the deal, Salesforce will standardize on the Oracle Linux operating system, Exadata engineered systems, the Oracle Database and Java Middleware Platform.

LarryEllison

Larry Ellison

Oracle, meanwhile, will merge salesforce.com with Oracle’s Fusion HCM and Financial Cloud, and provide the core technology to power salesforce.com’s applications and platform. Salesforce will also apply Oracle’s Fusion HCM and Financial cloud applications throughout its company.

“We are looking forward to working with salesforce.com to integrate our cloud with theirs,” Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said in a press release.

“When customers choose cloud applications they expect rapid low-cost implementations; they also expect application integrations to work right out of the box — even when the applications are from different vendors.”

Salesforce CEO and chairman Marc Benioff described the partnership between the two companies as an important step for customers.

Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer

“Larry and I both agree that salesforce.com and Oracle need to integrate our clouds,” Benioff said. “Salesforce.com’s CRM integrated with Oracle’s Fusion HCM and Financial Cloud is the best of both worlds: the simplicity of salesforce.com combined with the power of Oracle.”

Oracle’s partnership with Microsoft, announced Monday, will enable customers to run Oracle software on Windows Server Hyper-V and in Windows Azure resulting in “greater choice and flexibility.”

Customers will now have the option of using Oracle software — such as Java, Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server — on Windows Server Hyper-V or in Windows Azure and receive full support from Oracle.

Microsoft will also offer Java, Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server to Windows Azure customers, and Oracle will make Oracle Linux available to Windows Azure customers.

“Microsoft is deeply committed to giving businesses what they need, and clearly that is the ability to run enterprise workloads in private clouds, public clouds and, increasingly, across both,” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said in a press release. 

“Now our customers will be able to take advantage of the flexibility our unique hybrid cloud solutions offer for their Oracle applications, middleware and databases, just like they have been able to do on Windows Server for years.”

The terms of Oracle’s deals with Microsoft and Salesforce were not revealed.

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