or enterprise workloads including databases, middleware and applications. The company provides a portfolio of virtualization solutions from the desktop to the data center. Oracle VM is server virtualization software for both Oracle SPARC and x86 servers and supports both Oracle and non-Oracle applications. Oracle VM software is designed to enable different applications to share a single physical system for higher utilization and efficiency and simplify software deployment by enabling pre-configured software images to be created and rapidly deployed without installation or configuration errors. In addition, Oracle Solaris 11 provides built-in virtualization capabilities for both SPARC and x86 servers, networking and storage resources. In addition to Oracle Solaris and Oracle Linux operating systems and Oracle’s virtualization software, the company also develops a range of other hardware-related software, including development tools, compilers, management tools for servers and storage, diagnostic tools and file systems. Hardware Systems Support The company’s hardware systems support offerings provide customers with software updates for software components that are essential to the functionality of its server and storage products, such as Oracle Solaris and certain other software products, and can include product repairs, maintenance services and technical support services. Services Business The company’s services business offers the following: Consulting services that are designed to help its customers and global system integrator partners more successfully architect and deploy its products, including IT strategy alignment, enterprise architecture planning and design, initial product implementation and integration, and ongoing product enhancements and upgrades. The company utilizes a global, blended delivery model to optimize value for its customers and partners, consisting of on-premise consultants from local geographies, industry specialists and consultants from its global delivery and solution centers; Advanced customer support services, which are provided on-premise and remotely to its customers to enable increased performance and higher availability of their Oracle products and services; and Education services for Oracle products and services, including training and certification programs that are offered to customers, partners and employees through various formats, including instructor-led classes at its education centers, live virtual training, self-paced online training, private events and custom training. Sales and Marketing The company directly markets and sells its products and services to businesses in various industries, government agencies and educational institutions. The company also markets and sells its products through indirect channels. In the United States, its sales and services employees are based in its headquarters and in field offices throughout the country. Outside the United States, its international subsidiaries sell, support and service its products in their local countries as well as within other foreign countries where the company does not operate through a direct sales subsidiary. Seasonality The company’s total revenues and operating margins are highest in its fourth quarter and lowest in its first quarter. Research and Development The company’s research and development expenditures were $5.2 billion in 2014. Competition The company’s enterprise software and cloud and hardware offerings compete directly with offerings from Microsoft Corporation (Microsoft), International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), Intel, Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) and SAP AG; and smaller companies like salesforce.com, inc. and Workday, Inc., as well as others. History Oracle Corporation was founded in 1977.
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