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Oracle & Salesforce Cut Broad Cloud Pact

Comprehensive nine-year partnership involves all three tiers of cloud computing: applications, platform and infrastructure

Oracle and salesforce.com, two rivals that have been personally at each other's throats from time to time, said Tuesday that they've cut a comprehensive nine-year partnership involving all three tiers of cloud computing: applications, platform and infrastructure.

Late Monday Oracle and Microsoft, also not the best of friends, said Oracle widgetry would run on Azure. The turnabout should probably worry VMware, Red Hat, SAP and maybe even Amazon.

Salesforce, the SaaS maven, is supposed to standardize on Oracle Linux, Exadata engineered systems, the Oracle Database and the Java middleware platform.

Oracle is supposed to integrate salesforce.com with its Fusion HCM and Financial Cloud, and provide the core technology to power salesforce.com's applications and platform.

Salesforce will also implement Fusion HCM and financial cloud applications throughout the company.

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, a former lieutenant of Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, said in a statement, "Larry and I both agree that salesforce.com and Oracle need to integrate our clouds. 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."

Ellison said, "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. That's why Marc and I believe it's important that our two companies work together to make it happen, and integrate the salesforce.com and Oracle Clouds."

Salesforce claims that deploying Oracle Linux and Exadata boxes in its data centers will "significantly" lower its overall hardware, floor space and energy costs, while providing customers with higher performance and better reliability.

It delivers over a billion complex transactions a day.

Salesforce, by the way, has always used Oracle's database.

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Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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