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Oracle joins OpenStack Foundation, will integrate cloud management tools

Oracle has finally opened its arms to the OpenStock Foundation, announcing that it has joined the group as a corporate sponsor.

The tie-up will see Oracle begin to integrate OpenStack tools into a number of its products and expand the compatibility of its cloud services.

"Oracle is planning to integrate OpenStack cloud management components into Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance, Oracle Infrastructure as a Service, Oracle's ZS3 Series, Axiom storage systems and StorageTek tape systems," the firm wrote in a statement.

Of course, the $25,000 (£15,200) a year sponsor fee is spare change for Larry Ellison's conglomerate, and some sceptics have posited that the announcement is little more than a PR exercise at this stage, questioning whether Oracle will actively contribute any of its own code into the community.

That said, Oracle was keen to talk up the benefits of the partnership to its customers, saying the move would give users greater choice in how they use public and private clouds.

"Oracle is pleased to join the OpenStack Foundation and plans to integrate OpenStack capabilities into a broad set of Oracle products and cloud services," commented Edward Screven, chief corporate architect at Oracle."

He added: "Our goal is to give customers greater choice and flexibility in how they use Oracle products and services in public and private clouds."

Other big name vendors backing the OpenStack foundation include HP, Canonical, IBM and Rackspace.

The OpenStack Foundation is an independent body established to promote and protect the eponymous open source cloud platform.