Zoom on Tuesday announced it has started using Oracle’s cloud computing service to help handle the surge in online video calls which is as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Zoom saw a massive increase in it’s user base as billions of people worldwide started working remotely while schools were also shut down to further enforce the social-distancing obligation put on by many government of numerous countries around the world.
As of now, Zoom has about 300 million users from its initial 100 million users around December of 2019 but the company also faced numerous issues with security and privacy flaws.
The company set out a 90-days plan to fix the issues at hand but with the massive growth come the need to further increase it’s computing capacity which is what led to the dealings with Oracle.
This is in fact a big win for Oracle which is catching up with rivals like Amazon and Microsoft which has a much larger share in cloud technology.
The size of the deal isn’t disclosed by either party (Zoom and Oracle) but with millions of meeting being held on the platform on a daily basis, this might push the size of the computing bandwith to about 7 million gigabytes of Zoom data per day all which will be flowing through Oracle servers.
“It’s exciting to be able to come on to a platform and scale very rapidly,” Zoom’s Chief Technology Officer Brendan Ittelson told Reuters in an interview. The company runs its service on a mixture of its own data center gear and cloud computing services from Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure and now Oracle (making 3 cloud computing services) with whom the company is said to have been collaborating with for about six weeks now.
Zoom and Oracle executives said their engineering teams worked together on a daily basis to get up and running systems that now handle a significant portion of Zoom’s traffic.
The successful implementation of Oracle’s cloud computing service for Zoom might boost Oracle’s profile in the competitive cloud business says Jean Atelsek, an Analyst with 451 Research.
“What’s remarkable about this deal is just the velocity with which it happened,” Atelesk said.