Open Computing

Open Computing

Oracle Is a Leader
in Open Computing

Complete, Open, and Integrated

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.

Windows IT Pro 2013 Community Choice Award

Oracle VM VirtualBox Received the Windows IT Pro 2013 Community Choice Award

Oracle's Efforts to Promote Open Standards

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 hardware and operating system platforms (e.g., Apple, AIX, Linux, Solaris, UNIX, Windows). We continue this approach with support for virtualized platforms (Java, VMs, cloud).
  • Tools: Solutions such as Oracle JDeveloper enable the creation of open and extendable applications.
  • Core technology: Oracle's open standards involvement addresses all layers of the technology stack—hardware, network, operating system, database, middleware, and applications. Oracle Database 12c supports more than 75 open software standards.
  • Middleware: Open interfaces in middleware and the use of the cloud and 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 supports more than 150 open software standards.
  • Applications: Oracle Application Integration Architecture enables companies to integrate their applications and services, giving customers the ability to optimize value and enabling end-to-end business processes.
  • Standards organizations: More than 330 Oracle employees work with standards organizations including W3C, GSMA, OASIS, INCITS, JCP, ANSI, ISO, ETSI, IETF, IEEE, The Open Group, DMTF, OAGI, SNIA, and many others.
Open Technology
Open Technology

Open standards are very important for our customers, and for us, because they help shape the way we build our products.

—Edward Screven, Chief Corporate Architect, Oracle

Investing in Open Source Technologies

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 these open source technologies.

To learn more about these and other key open source initiatives that we support, please visit the Oracle and Open Source website.

Key Open Source Initiatives

  • MySQL logo


    Oracle continues to innovate and invest in MySQL, the world's most popular open source database for web, cloud, and mobile applications.

  • Linux logo


    Oracle's technical contributions to Linux enhance and extend enterprise-class capabilities; we deliver industry-leading support for the Linux operating system.

  • Xen logo


    Oracle is an active contributor to Xen mainline software feature development and is a member of the Xen Advisory Board.

  • VirtualBox logo


    With more than 100 million downloads, Oracle VM VirtualBox is one of the world’s most popular cross-platform virtualization software products.

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