Yowza: Salesforce commits to Oracle hardware (!)


Everyone knew Salesforce.com (s crm) and Oracle (s orcl) were going to expand their relationship — Oracle CEO Larry Ellison helpfully preannounced that news last week during the company’s rather rocky earnings call. What was not expected –at least by me — was that Salesforce would commit to Oracle hardware, er “engineered systems.”

And yet that’s what happened, at least according to Oracle’ s press release. Salesforce.com has run on Oracle database and middleware (and perhaps on Oracle Linux, not sure on that) for a long time. But it also ran on commodity hardware. In fact, Benioff was really, really publicly decrying what he mockingly called Oracle’s “cloud in a box” a few years back.

According to Oracle’s statement: (note that it is from Oracle and not Salesforce, and the emphasis is mine):

“Salesforce.com plans to standardize on the Oracle Linux operating system, Exadata engineered systems, the Oracle Database…

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