Tech Industry, Oracle merge clouds in nine-year deal

In a nine-year deal, the and Oracle clouds -- including applications, platform, and infrastructure -- will be integrated.

Big news in enterprise land today: sometime-rivals and Oracle announced Tuesday morning a nine-year partnership to integrate their clouds.

The deal encompasses all three tiers of cloud computing: applications, platform, and infrastructure.

For's part, the company plans to standardize on the Oracle Linux operating system, Exadata engineered systems, the Oracle Database and Java Middleware Platform.

For Oracle's part, the company plans to integrate with Oracle's Fusion HCM and Financial Cloud, as well as provide the core technology to power's applications and platform. will also implement Oracle's Fusion HCM and Financial cloud applications throughout the company.

"Larry and I both agree that and Oracle need to integrate our clouds," Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff said.

"Marc and I believe it's important that our two companies work together to make it happen," Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said.

(It is at this point that you may pick up your slackened jaw from the ground.)

There are several points to take away from this. First, the cloud has to be interoperable, and that's why you're seeing this deal. Second, legacy vendors like Oracle have something newer vendors like need, but also vice versa.

And finally, the announcement follows Ellison's compliment to Benioff and president Mark Hurd's promise of "startling announcements" during Oracle's recent earnings call. (The first: a deal with Microsoft.) We're seeing some of that today, and it appears to be dramatically changing the enterprise landscape.

This story originally appeared as ", Oracle partner in cloud" on ZDNet.