Most companies have taken a "very tactical" approach to adopting cloud services, Leone said. But then they end up dealing with "four, five, six vendors, all with different [service-level agreements]," and IT departments end up with the unwieldy task of managing these relationships, he said.
"What we've seen is customers say, how can I consolidate my cloud mess and bring this all together," Leone said. "We have the full breadth, so you can start to think about that."
When Oracle denotes a service as being in preview, it means that between 20 and 100 customers are using it in sort of a beta program, Kurian said during a press conference Tuesday. All of them are expected to be generally available in the first half of 2014, he added.
Of particular interest to some may be how much Oracle charges for its object storage and compute services, given the continuous downward pricing pressure in that market. While declining to give specifics, Kurian said Oracle plans to be price-competitive.
Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris' email address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com