Oracle lands NetSuite as Exadata customer

For Oracle, the NetSuite deal gives it more ammo to argue that it is an arms dealer to cloud providers. Oracle databases run Salesforce.com as well as NetSuite.

NetSuite will become an Oracle Exadata customer, the two companies, which happen to count Larry Ellison as a major shareholder, said.

The announcement will be delivered at NetSuite's SuiteWorld conference Tuesday via NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson and Oracle president Mark Hurd.

Ellison owns 48.8 percent of NetSuite via a limited liability company that was formed just to hold shares of the on-demand ERP provider. The LLC is managed by an independent third party.

For Oracle, the NetSuite deal gives it more ammo to argue that it is an arms dealer to cloud providers. Oracle databases run Salesforce.com as well as NetSuite.

In addition, NetSuite will give Oracle a chatty reference customer for its Exadata machines.