The cloud accounts for 5% of Oracle's business, and recent acquisitions and investments have Oracle on a path toward cloud growth, FBR Capital Markets' Daniel Ives says. "While it is still early days in the cloud, our discussions in the field point to Oracle's ability to provide a comprehensive cloud foundation as a key determinant for customers signing on the dotted line," Ives wrote in a report.
The Australian state of New South Wales is looking to Oracle's Exadata Database Machines and Exalogic Elastic Cloud to update its health care system. "This initiative will provide a significant increase in capacity for NSW Health to support Australia's largest corporate program in government," said HealthShare NSW's Greg Wells. HealthShare NSW also utilizes Oracle's E-Business Suite with Oracle Fusion Middleware and Database for HR and payroll.
Oracle says it will no longer support several virtualization products it picked up in the acquisition of Sun Microsystems. "In an effort to more tightly align Oracle's future desktop virtualization portfolio investments with Oracle Corporation's overall core business strategy, we have ended new feature development for Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Software, Oracle Virtual Desktop Client ... Software, Oracle Sun Ray Software, ... and Oracle Sun Ray Client hardware (including Sun Ray Operating Software)," Oracle said in a document provided to customers. The company said it will continue to develop and support Oracle Secure Global Desktop and Oracle VM VirtualBox.
Dell and Oracle are increasing their partnership efforts and plan to push out business products with Dell hardware and Oracle's software this year. The strategy will help Oracle cut its product-integration costs, President Mark Hurd says. Dell said the move will give it greater traction in the data-center market.
The Defense Department plans to expand the number of civilians and troops assigned to its Cyber Command to nearly 5,000, a quintupling of personnel. "The department ... is working with a sense of urgency to put the right policies and structures in place to enable us to carry out our role," an unidentified Pentagon official said.