Court rules mostly in favour of Oracle during Rimini Street copyright infringement battle

The District Court in Nevada, USA, has ruled in favour of Oracle on a number of motions during the Rimini Street, Inc. v. Oracle International battle.

The Court found that certain past Rimini Street third-party support practices infringed at least 17 Oracle copyrights. On top of that, certain support practices that Rimini Street described as ‘new’ were also found to continue infringing upon Oracle copyrights.

“We are grateful for the Court’s thorough and well-reasoned opinion, which finds that Rimini Street infringed in the past, and continues to infringe Oracle’s intellectual property,” said Dorian Daley, Oracle’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel in a press release by the tech giant.

Oracle stated that the court dismissed various Rimini Street claims and defenses, which means that Rimini Street will have no claims for damages, while Oracle will proceed with numerous damages claims when the case goes to trial.

“Customers considering Rimini Street should understand that this serial infringer continues to disregard Oracle’s copyrights, and we’ll be seeking additional substantial damages at trial for this unlawful conduct,” said Mr. Daley.

Rimini Street retains right to provide aftermarket support

During the ruling, the Court was said to reiterate Rimini Street’s legal right to still provide aftermarket support for Oracle’s enterprise software, which has been adopted by the likes of Kakao in South Korea, Hyundai-Kia Motors and Proton in Malaysia.

“The Court also resolved some of the issues the parties have disputed, ruling in some instances for Rimini Street and in some instances for Oracle. Rimini Street is continuing to evaluate the order and looks forward to a jury trial on the remaining issues,” said Rimini Street in a press release.

In total, Oracle stated the District Court for the District of Nevada ruled in their favour on seven separate motions for partial summary judgment, granting in full or in part every Oracle motion and denying in full every Rimini Street motion.

The Rimini Street, Inc. v. Oracle International lawsuit was officially brought by Rimini Street against Oracle in 2014, and the summary judgements delivered yesterday (September 15 2020) had been pending with the court since December 2018.

Oracle and Rimini Street have been caught in a legal battle since January 2010. Oracle filed the suit against Rimini Street alleging software copyright violations. 

A jury ruled in favour of Oracle in 2015 on one count of “innocent infringement” meaning that Rimini Street did not deliberately infringe on copyright laws. 

A United States District Court in Nevada handed Rimini Street a permanent injunction in August 2018 ordering Rimini Street to not reproduce or distribute Oracle software. This court battle has led to Rimini Street paying out more than US$100 million to Oracle.

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Vietnam’s agriculture industry is looking sweeter as top sugar manufacturer moves to the cloud

SBT, a top performer in Vietnam’s sugar industry, has adopted Oracle Cloud ERP to support its mission in globally producing clean agriculture products.

The agriculture corporation chose to adopt Oracle Fusion Cloud Enterprise Resource Planning to optimise their supply chain and improve financial management efficiency.

“Our goal is to lead smart agricultural development in Vietnam within the next three years,” said Dang Huynh Uc My, Vice Chairman for the Board of Directors at SBT.

SBT, also known as Thanh Thanh Cong Bien Hoa Joint Stock Company, will implement Oracle Cloud ERP across their business units in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Singapore.

“SBT will continue to align our in-depth agricultural experience and skilled manpower with smart technologies,” added Ms. Dang.

The sugar manufacturer looks to meet its goal of harmonising the interests of farmers, factories and customers by implementing Farmer Relationship Management, Customer Relationship Management and eOffice applications whilst remaining compliant with current regulations.

“The agriculture industry in Vietnam is on the cusp of the fourth industrial revolution, with digital transformation leading the way for businesses like SBT to realise their goals,” said Nguyen Thi Mai Hoa, the Head of Applications at Oracle Vietnam.

Vietnam’s digital economy grew by 40% in 2019 and could add US$162 billion to its GDP by going digital. The Government is also supporting digital transformation campaigns by increasing investment, speeding up reforms encouraging businesses to adopt new technology, committing to building smart cities and providing universal internet connectivity.

“However, today’s business climate remains unpredictable. To better respond to changing market conditions, organizations can’t be held back by disparate on-premise business systems – they need to have a clear view of their business on a single data platform,” added Mr. Nguyen.

Along with their partnership with Oracle, SBT reached a strategic cooperation agreement with KPMG Vietnam to drive forward their digital transformation plans.

SBT was also named as one of the top 50 leading brands in 2020 and in the list of 100 largest public companies by Forbes Vietnam.

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Powerhouse products like 7-Eleven in Philippines and Nissan turn to Cloud Infrastructure

Oracle is seeing an increasing number of powerhouse products in Asia Pacific turning to their Cloud Infrastructure and Autonomous Database services, including 7-Eleven in the Philippines and Nissan in Japan.

In the last year, the cloud services provider opened eight new cloud regions in Asia Pacific countries like Japan, South Korea, India and Australia as well as a Microsoft Azure cloud interconnect location in Tokyo.

“It is increasingly clear that customers perceive Oracle as a strategic partner for their cloud requirements,” said Garrett Ilg, the Executive Vice President and Head of Oracle Japan and Asia Pacific.

Oracle’s cloud services and license support revenues also increased by 1% year-over-year to US$6.8 billion in 2020.

“Given the current circumstances and operating environments across the world, customers are responding with commitment to Oracle cloud technology to reflect their support of the value being offered,” added Mr. Ilg.

Overall the cloud market in APAC is expected to grow 117% from US$133 billion to US$288 billion by 2024, according to a report by GlobalData in April 2020. This growth could be further increased by accelerating cloud adoption due to rising data volumes as well as greater remote working and digital transformation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As one of the largest convenience stores in the Philippines, with over 2,900 stores distributed across the country, Philippines Seven (7-Eleven) needed robust and resilient IT infrastructure to constantly meet customer demands.

“With growing volumes of data is growing, our systems were under pressure,” said Jeru Andrade, the Systems Support Team Leader of IT division, Philippines Seven (7-Eleven).

Philippines Seven selected Oracle Cloud Infrastructure for their cloud native security features, serverless services and ability to automate tasks to minimise human error.

Other organisations in Asia Pacific have also started to adopt cloud infrastructure for their digital needs, including Nomura Research Institute, Nissan and Medicom as well as rapidly growing independent software vendors like Japan’s Creansmaerd, Itochu Cable Systems, TIS Hokkaido, Australia’s Emersion, iliveit, and Applied Precision Medicine, South Korea’s Dain Leaders, Astems and CIP Systems, and India’s Comviva.

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Oracle announces ‘industry’s first fully-managed, on-premises cloud region’

Oracle announced the ‘industry’s first fully-managed, on-premises’ cloud region on Wednesday, bringing all their second-generation cloud services directly to customer data centers.

The Cloud@Customer service provides enterprise data centers with Oracle’s Autonomous Database and SaaS applications, starting at US$500k per month.

“[No other provider] gives you a complete public cloud behind your firewall, dedicated to you. This is a first in the cloud industry,” said Larry Ellison, Oracle’s Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, during a digital presentation.

Cloud adoption by enterprises is rapidly increasing, driven by the flexibility of subscription models, scalability and agility offered by cloud computing. 

Many businesses still often use hybrid solutions to run some of their workloads and cloud software on their own hardware within data centers due to data localisation requirements or the need for speedier connections.

But these hybrid cloud solutions typically limit the number of cloud features and services available in public cloud regions.

“Enterprise customers have told us they want the full experience of a public cloud on-premises to run their most important workloads,” said Clay Magouyrk, the Executive Vice President of Engineering at Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

Oracle’s Cloud@Customer will bring more than 50 services to on-premises, providing ‘the highest levels of security’ and ‘strong isolation of customer data, which remain local to customer data centers’.

Deepak Mohan, Research Director at market intelligence firm IDC, said: “This represents a new direction for public cloud providers, who have historically offered only limited versions of their services to customer premises.”

Customers will be required to pay for only the services they consume, which will total an approximate spending commitment of US$18 million over three years, reported Reuters.

“This brings together public cloud service capability with the compliance, latency and co-location benefits of on premises—which can be a game changer for large scale digital transformation efforts at enterprises,” said Mr. Mohan.

Oracle announced the first to adopt their new service will be the largest consulting firm and IT solutions provider in Japan, Nomura Research Institute (NRI).

NRI will start by moving its SaaS applications, used by 70% of capital markets firms in Japan, from on-premises locations to an Oracle dedicated cloud region in its own data center.

The IT solutions provider will use Oracle Exadata to provide SOC2 reports based on Japanese security standards in financial industries, said Tomoshiro Takemoto, the Senior Corporate Managing Director at NRI.

Oracle also revealed the availability of their Autonomous Database on Exadata Cloud@Customer as a standalone offering or as part of the new Cloud@Customer service.

This will combine the latest Database with their fastest platform, Exadata, to deliver cloud services in customer data centers without the challenge of data sovereignty laws or security concerns.

The Autonomous Database will allow organisations to automate systems to eliminate manual processes and reduce the risk of human error, ‘freeing developers from mundane maintenance tasks and enabling them to innovate and create more business value’, said Juan Loaiza, Executive Vice President for Mission-Critical Database Technologies at Oracle.

The new offerings were welcomed by global organisations, including enterprise cloud solutions provider, Samsung SDS, Japan’s the number one mobile carrier, NTT DoCoMo, and Japanese IT consultancy firm, RKK Computer Service.

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