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Oracle and Salesforce.com bring their clouds together

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The cloud is getting bigger. Vendors Salesforce.com and Oracle Corp. announced a new comprehensive nine-year partnership on Tuesday that the vendors say encompasses all three tiers of cloud computing: Applications, Platform and Infrastructure.

“Larry and I both agree that salesforce.com and Oracle need to integrate our clouds,” said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of Salesforce.com, in a statement. “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.”

The partnership will see Salesforce.com standardize on the Oracle Linux operating system, Exadata engineered systems, the Oracle Database and Java Middleware Platform, providing the core technology to power Salesforce.com’s applications and platform. Oracle will integrate Salesforce.com with Oracle’s Fusion HCM and Financial Cloud, and Salesforce.com will implement Oracle’s Fusion HCM and Financial cloud applications throughout the company.

“We’re looking forward to working with Salesforce.com to integrate our cloud with theirs,” said Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, in a statement. “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.”

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