Oracle To Buy Cloud Pioneer NetSuite for $9.3 Billion

In its continued push to provide more cloud-based services to its customers, enterprise software giant Oracle said today it plans to acquire "the very first cloud company," NetSuite, for $9.3 billion in cash.

The companies have a shared history dating back to when NetSuite was founded in 1998 as NetLedger. Established as a provider of Web-hosted software for accounting, NetLedger was launched with the support of $125 million from Oracle founder and now-chairman/CTO Larry Ellison.

Described as Oracle's largest acquisition since its $10.3 billion purchase of PeopleSoft in 2005, the addition of NetSuite is expected to immediately boost Oracle's earnings, according to co-CEO Safra Catz. In May, Oracle announced two other cloud services acquisitions, purchasing the construction-focused firm Textura for $663 million and the utilities-focused Opower for $532 million.

Oracle, NetSuite to 'Coexist Forever'

"Oracle and NetSuite cloud applications are complementary, and will coexist in the marketplace forever," Mark Hurd, Oracle's other co-CEO said today in a statement. "We intend to invest heavily in both products -- engineering and distribution."

Zach Nelson, NetSuite's CEO, added that the acquisition will enable his company to "benefit from Oracle's global scale and reach to accelerate the availability of our cloud solutions in more industries and more countries."

Expected to close later this year, the transaction is expected to net Ellison $3.5 billion in personal profit, according to the Financial Times. As of today, Forbes lists Ellison as the world's seventh richest person, with an estimated net worth of $51.6 billion. In 2008, Ellison famously described cloud computing as a "fashion-driven" trend, but his company has since embraced the cloud and seeks to boost its capabilities to compete with rivals such as Salesforce.

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