Oracle Corp announced today it will migrate companies’ most complicated computer programs to its cloud for free as it tries to catch a new wave of potential cloud-computing clients by aiming to save them time and money.
The pandemic prompted many businesses and governments to shift from in-house digital storage and computing to leased cloud servers from Amazon.com Inc’s Web Services and other providers.
A laggard in the cloud industry, Oracle is counting on its free support to persuade organizations that have not made a switch – or done so only partially – to opt for a move to its infrastructure.
More than 100 customers have taken advantage of what Oracle is calling its Cloud Lift Services over the last six months, and the program is opening globally today.
Over the last nine months, Oracle has shifted 1,000 workers to focus on Cloud Lift Services.
Rival cloud providers discount transition support but typically only for key customers or those that agree to long-term deals or minimum spending.
Among early testers was a new client, U.S. agribusiness Cargill Inc. With Oracle’s help, Cargill transitioned in weeks.