Oracle and Verizon, two old-school companies that have made significant moves into new-gen cloud-related products and services, revealed Jan. 10 that they are now enabling their customers to use Oracle Database and Oracle Fusion Middleware on Verizon's cloud infrastructure and pay for the access on an hourly basis.
The news downplays the fact that Oracle has its own cloud on which to run its database, middleware and applications.
Verizon's cloud, which launched in October 2013 under the auspices of its Enterprise Solutions group and is still in beta, provides a well-known network for a cloud environment. Verizon has said it is committed to building an ecosystem of enterprise-class IT, delivered as services in the Verizon Cloud.
Under the new arrangement, cloud-service customers can bring their Oracle licenses to the Verizon platform or purchase Verizon cloud services, which already include Oracle licenses. Current Verizon eCloud and managed hosting customers also can use Oracle software on a per-hour cost basis and use existing Oracle licenses.
This type of deployability can be very convenient for Global 1000 companies in industries such as financial services, retail and energy as they migrate from on-premise solutions to hybrid or cloud-based environments.
With Oracle Database and Fusion Middleware on Verizon Cloud, customers can use their existing assets and pay for only what they need on an hourly basis rather than having to purchase perpetual licenses.
"Few companies begin with a complete cloud environment, and the benefits of migrating to the cloud have at times been outweighed by the challenges and costs associated with making a change," said John Stratton, president of Verizon Enterprise Solutions. "Oracle and Verizon have now removed those obstacles."
Companies interested in using Verizon Cloud can sign up to be a beta customer and learn more about support for Oracle software through the Verizon Enterprise Solution Website.