Corporate Citizenship Report 2012 - Oracle and Open Computing

Oracle's IT solutions are complete, open, and integrated. Based on public and open industry standards, our products simplify many of our customers' interoperability, security, and cost-of-deployment decisions.

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Open Technology

Open Standards and Open Source

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Oracle understands the importance of open standards, and we support adopting an open technology strategy. This approach helps our customers avoid vendor lock-in and reduce the total cost of their technology investment, enables access to technical details and interfaces, and lowers barriers to innovation.

Oracle is an Open Standards Leader

Open standards enable innovation, facilitate fair competition, and allow for interoperability with legacy and third-party systems. For decades, Oracle products have reflected an open standards philosophy.

  • Platforms: Since its inception in 1977, Oracle has adopted and distributed its software on multiple platforms (e.g., Apple, AIX, Linux, Solaris, UNIX, Windows).
  • Tools: Solutions such as Oracle JDeveloper enable the creation of open and extendable applications.
  • Open Standards Activities

    Standards-Setting Organizations

    Leadership Positions

    Technical Working Groups

    Administrative/Policy Committees
  • Core technology: Oracle's open standards involvement addresses all layers of the technology stack—hardware, network, operating system, database, middleware, and applications. Oracle Database 11g supports 75 software standards.
  • Middleware: Open interfaces in middleware and the use of Web services allow for faster deployment, enable customers to pick the best mix of software, and provide the assurance that an open stack will integrate into and optimize any software ecosystem. Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g supports 149 software standards.
  • Applications: Oracle Application Integration Architecture technology enables companies to integrate their applications, giving customers the ability to optimize value and enable end-to-end business processes.
  • Standards organizations: More than 463 Oracle employees work with standards organizations such as W3C, OSGI, OASIS, INCITS, JCP, ANSI, ISO, ETSI, Eclipse, OMA, The Open Group, Liberty Alliance, and many others.

Oracle's Open Source Initiatives

Oracle embraces leading open source solutions as a viable choice for development and deployment within the enterprise. We invest significant resources to develop, test, optimize, and support open source technologies, including:

Open Source Initiatives

Open Source Initiatives

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  • MySQL: MySQL is the world's most popular open source database for Web and embedded applications. Oracle leads MySQL innovation and continues to grow the product line and customer adoption.
  • Linux: Oracle's technical contributions to Linux enhance and extend enterprise-class capabilities, and Oracle Linux Support delivers enterprise-quality support for Linux at a lower cost.
  • Xen: Oracle contributes heavily to feature development of Xen mainline software and is a member of the Xen Advisory Board. Oracle VM, next generation server virtualization software, includes the Xen hypervisor.
  • VirtualBox: With over 80 million downloads, VirtualBox is the world's most popular cross-platform virtualization software. It is available under the open source GNU General Public License (GPL) and offers powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 based desktop virtualization.

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initiatives that Oracle supports, view a datasheet entitled Oracle and Open Source, and explore free and open source
software from—and for—Oracle.

Awards and Recognition
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MySQL 5.6 was named Best Open Source Database by CRN in 2011.

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