What does the “Per-Hour Billing for Oracle Database and Oracle Fusion Middleware” mean for your business?

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In January 2014, Verizon Enterprise Solutions announced that it has teamed up with Oracle, offering Oracle Database and Oracle Fusion Middleware to its customers.  The company plans to let customers pay for access based on the actual hours they use the service.

The offering, together with Verizon Cloud, is Verizon’s way of allowing mid-sized and large companies take advantage of the cloud.  You can also take advantage of Oracle’s flexible deployment options, you can deploy it on-premises, or on hybrid, public or private clouds.  If you already have Oracle licenses, you can use that to take advantage of Verizon’s platform or you can just buy Verizon Cloud offerings to access Oracle products.   If you are already a Verizon eCloud and Managed Hosting subscriber, you can also use Oracle software.

The partnership has been hailed as the “coming together” of two market leaders, both giants in their own right.

What does this mean for your company?

    1. You can extend your deployment options.  If you are planning to get into the cloud but have encountered some barriers along the way, you can take advantage of this to use your current Oracle licenses.  Verizon and Oracle have effectively taken away the barriers of migrating into the cloud by making the entire process not only easy to do but also very cost-effective. If anything, Verizon and Oracle allow you to test out the cloud.  If you are not sure if the cloud is right for you or any part of your operations, then this is the service you should try.
  1. Better choices and better prices.  The entry of Verizon into the Software as a Service (SaaS) arena would give Amazon Web Services (AWS), particularly their RDS service, some stiff competition.  If anything, this would intensify price war like what we have seen between Amazon, Google and Microsoft in April 2014, where these three cut prices on their services just days apart from each other. Apart from the lowering prices of these services, what this points to is Verizon offering enterprises another option.  If, for some reason you are not sold on Amazon Web Services, then you can definitely go with Verizon Cloud.  Already, one of the improvements we are seeing is that Verizon Cloud would allow you access to Oracle Database Enterprise Edition while Amazon Web Services only offers the Standard Edition.
  2. More applications for Oracle Fusion.  Making Oracle Fusion Middleware available on a per-hour basis might help the uptake of Fusion applications.  So far, enterprise customers are not that keen about using the software and adoption has been slow.

If you want to find out more about Verizon Cloud and how it would impact your Oracle licenses, or how you could use both Oracle Database and Oracle Fusion Middleware for your business, then contact Four Cornerstone now at https://fourcornerstone.com/contact.  We have a team of Oracle experts who can help you sort out your Oracle licensing issues as well as deploy Oracle software as you need it.

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