Oracle and's love-fest: The ripple effects

The companies' partnership has implications for Database 12c, rival vendors like Workday and both Oracle and customers

By , IDG News Service |  Software

Oracle's string of high-profile cloud-computing partnership announcements with Microsoft, and NetSuite dominated tech news headlines this week.

While certain aspects of them weren't as "startling" as Oracle CEO Larry Ellison had promised they would be, its deal with definitely lived up to the hype and could have some lasting ramifications. Here's a look at the potential fallout.

A test for Oracle 12c

The partnership announced this week by Oracle and, under which will commit to Oracle's database and other technology for 12 years, stands to provide a major initial test case for the cloud computing-friendly capabilities built into Oracle's newly released Database 12c.

The release's most-hyped feature, "pluggable databases," allows many individual databases to reside inside a single instance. It represents Oracle's take on multitenancy, the architectural approach SaaS (software as a service) vendors such as have used to serve many customers more efficiently.

But has used multitenancy at the application tier; Ellison claims Oracle 12c's method is superior and more secure.

While CEO Marc Benioff didn't explicitly call out the pluggable database feature during a joint conference call with Ellison on Thursday, he expressed confidence that Oracle's technology can carry through "the next one or two decades" and said the company expected to cut its database server costs in half.

As Ellison noted on the call, is the industry's largest pure cloud vendor. Assuming makes a successful migration to 12c, expect Oracle to spare no effort in telling the industry about it in hopes of proving 12c's readiness for mega-scale deployments.

What will Workday do?

Under the deal,'s CRM software will be integrated with Oracle Fusion HCM (human capital management) and cloud-based financial products, and will implement those two Oracle applications "throughout the company." This has resulted in speculation about's ongoing relationship with cloud HCM and financial vendor Workday, which has been close.

Workday should contemplate drastic steps in response, according to one observer.

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