Oracle: ‘Public clouds built on us’

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Oracle this week claimed it had been in the public cloud game for many years, with cloud providers looking to its technology to run their services.

Sandeep Banerjie, senior director of product management at Oracle, declared nine of the top 10 service providers used Oracle technology, including Rackspace, Amazon Web services (AWS) and even long-term rival

"A lot of eyebrows went up when I said we had been working on cloud for years [but] a lot of providers have had their clouds built on us," he said, during his keynote speech at Cloud Expo.

"Our cloud strategy, whilst it has not been very well understood by people, it has been established."

Oracle announced its own public cloud services at its annual Open World conference in October last year. Featuring five services, including its Fusion CRM, HCM and Database applications in a cloud delivery model, Oracle's Public cloud is pretty late to the game when compared to its competitors.

However, Banerjie told IT Pro's sister title Cloud Pro whilst it had not been precious with who used its technology, it was happy to innovate behind closed doors until it felt the time was right to launch.

"Oracle is not protective with who can build their clouds on us," he said, "but it doesn't stop us from our own innovation."

The real reason the firm got into the public cloud game, claimed Banerjie, was despite any outbursts from his CEO Larry Ellison, it was what Oracle's customers wanted.

"Customers are looking for choice, our own customers looking for choice, so we want to offer that. [As such], cloud is the roadmap," he concluded.

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