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Air Force accelerates cloud movement with Oracle software licensing deal

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The Air Force has signed a new deal to partner with private sector software and technology providers through a new enterprise software license agreement (ESLA) with Oracle for software engineering and cloud services designed to streamline Air Force operations and personnel services.

The ESLA was obtained through a recent contract with Mythics Inc. and grants access to MilCloud and other cloud service providers. According to Oracle, these cloud servers act as platforms where the defense community can take advantage of software services and store unclassified, but sensitive data.

The integration of cloud services will enable the Air Force to use Oracle software in joint operation environments to improve coordination and information analysis, making these multi-domain operations more effective in the field.

“Enterprise Level Agreements provide the Air Force with economies of scale, cost-savings through contract consolidation, agility and speed in program development, and new technologies that harden and protect our critical infrastructure,” said Ed Gulick, a spokesman for the Air Force.

The software licensing agreement will also give the Air Force access to Oracle’s technology products, such as databases, servers, and storage systems.

Finally, the ESLA includes a catalog with constant pricing and discounts on Air Force technology purchases. It consolidates the 745,768 Oracle licenses already in use by the Air Force so that they can be more easily maintained, and provide for the replacement of Oracle products that are nearing their expiration date.

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