Is Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL) admitting weakness or being smart by joining Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO) and NetApp (NASDAQ:NTAP) in the new FlexPods? Arguments can be made for both cases, but it’s clear that Oracle will benefit in its all-inclusive approach to selling reference architectures to an even wider audience.
FlexPods store a great deal of applications, using Cisco servers and NetApp storage platforms. Oracle noted in a Wednesday blog post that it will start with its JD Edwards version and will follow with a NetApp clustered device (plus a Linux version) in June. A FlexPod featuring Oracle VM will appear later in the year, rounding out the new line.
While it might be tempting to point to fear of competition as the reason for Oracle’s moves, a better explanation is seeing room to expand by teaming with NetApp and Cisco. Growth in the virtualization department is a clear goal of Oracle’s, and it can reduce the cost of some licenses to appeal to NetApp’s customers. As it stands, NetApp is doing well enough on its own, as its private cloud storage solutions filled several companies’ needs when released in March.