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REUTERS: Oracle Corp on Wednesday announced that it will migrate businesses’ most complex computer programs to its cloud for free as it tries to catch a new wave of potential cloud computing customers by aiming to save them time and money. money.

The pandemic has prompted many businesses and governments to switch from digital storage and in-house computing to cloud servers leased by web services from Amazon.com Inc. and other vendors.

Lagging behind in the cloud industry, Oracle relies on its free support to persuade organizations that haven’t made a change – or have only partially made it – to opt for a switch to its infrastructure.

More than 100 customers have taken advantage of what Oracle calls its Cloud Lift services over the past six months, and the program opens worldwide on Wednesday.

“I’ll be surprised if a customer says I don’t need this,” Vinay Kumar, senior vice president of Oracle, told Reuters.

In the past nine months, Oracle has transferred 1,000 employees to focus on Cloud Lift services, Kumar said. He expects the offer to pay off for Oracle, but declined to say how much the company budgeted for it.

Oracle’s expertise in effectively using its own tools and configuring applications to run smoothly in the cloud accelerates transitions and reduces the risk of customer errors, he said.

Competing cloud providers hand over transition support but usually only for key customers or those who agree to long-term agreements or minimal spend.

Kumar said Oracle doesn’t require any commitments, but the program is limited to what he called the “handful of apps” that would be the most difficult for a customer to migrate and excludes those that require extensive rewriting.

Among the early testers was a new customer, US agribusiness Cargill Inc. With help from Oracle, Cargill made the transition in weeks, not months, Kumar said.

(Reporting by Paresh Dave; Additional reporting by Stephen Nellis; Editing by Leslie Adler)


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