, Oracle partner in cloud

Summary:In a nine-year deal, the and Oracle clouds will be integrated.

Big news in enterprise land today: sometime-rivals and Oracle announced this morning a nine-year partnership to integrate their clouds.

The deal encompasses all three tiers of cloud computing: applications, platform and infrastructure.

For Salesforce's part, the company plans to standardize on the Oracle Linux operating system, Exadata engineered systems, the Oracle Database and Java Middleware Platform.

For Oracle's part, the company plans to integrate with Oracle's Fusion HCM and Financial Cloud, as well as provide the core technology to power's applications and platform. will also implement Oracle's Fusion HCM and Financial cloud applications throughout the company.

"Larry and I both agree that and Oracle need to integrate our clouds," Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff said.

"Marc and I believe it's important that our two companies work together to make it happen," Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said.

(It is at this point that you may pick up your slackened jaw from the ground.)

There are several points to take away from this. First, the cloud has to be interoperable, and that's why you're seeing this deal. Second, legacy vendors like Oracle have something newer vendors like Salesforce need, but also vice versa.

And finally, the announcement follows Ellison's compliment to Benioff  and president Mark Hurd's promise of "startling announcements" during Oracle's recent earnings call. (The first: a deal with Microsoft .) We're seeing some of that today, and it appears to be dramatically changing the enterprise landscape.

Topics: Cloud, Oracle,


Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. He is also the former editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation. He writes about business, technology and design now but used to cover finance, fashion and culture. He was an intern at Money, Men's Vogue, Popular Mechanics and the New York Daily Ne... Full Bio

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