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The Oracle platform as a service offers a range of cloud products

With a number of cloud-based tools for mobile development, custom coding and collaboration, the Oracle platform as a service helps businesses modernize their applications.

Platform-as-a-service technology sends back-end operations to the cloud, allowing companies to focus more on the front end of development, and to concentrate on features and the interface.

Cloud Platform is the Oracle platform as a service that facilitates enterprise-scale application development in on-premises, cloud or hybrid environments, all of which can be integrated and modified to meet IT teams' needs.

Oracle Cloud Platform's ability to conform to users' needs is exemplified at the deployment level. A workload that begins on-premises, for instance, can be migrated to the cloud and back as needed. Patches, upgrades, backups and restoration can all be completed with the Oracle platform-as-a-service (PaaS) automated tooling, and teams can communicate and monitor progress in real time with the platform's various mobile-enabled and social tools.

Especially for developers transitioning to PaaS from software as a service (SaaS), Oracle makes integration a priority: Oracle Cloud Platform can integrate with pre-existing SaaS and infrastructure-as-a-service projects.

The Oracle platform as a service supports the database and program languages RDMS, NoSQL, Java EE, Java SE, Node.js and JavaScript, and integrates with Eclipse, JDeveloper and NetBeans integrated development environments.

The tools inside the Oracle platform-as-a-service toolkit

In order to provide users with customizable options, the Cloud Platform is composed of several individual products tailored to specific tasks within the development cycle.

The Developer Cloud provides tracking tools and team management features, such as wikis and activity streams, an agile dashboard to use during sprints, Git repositories for code management, and other features that ensure transparency among users.

The Database Cloud service is a browser-based environment for developing and deploying applications, monitoring databases, conducting security checkups and delegating user tasks within a customizable UI.

The browser-based Application Builder Cloud Service supports custom coding using HTML5, JavaScript and CSS techniques for advanced use cases, and integrates with Oracle SaaS using a catalog of preloaded REST services.

Other products include the Mobile Cloud Service, designed for teams developing mobile applications, and which includes mobile back ends and services; Java Cloud Service, which provides additional support and maintenance options, as well as tools to create and monitor instances during predeployment testing; and the Messaging Cloud, which offers a variety of communication tools that allow apps and devices (on the cloud or on premises) to connect.

Pricing depends on what you want the Oracle platform as a service to do

The Cloud Platform's pricing can vary significantly based on multiple factors, such as metered or non-metered service, product edition and bundling. For example, the Database Cloud's metered, standard edition is $600 per month for general purpose computing, or $700 per month for high-performance computing. The metered Extreme Performance edition is $2,500 per month for general purpose computing, or $3,825 per month for high-performance computing.

Prospective customers can contact the sales department directly for a quote, and can browse a complete, itemized series of charts on each product's webpage to determine the final cost of Oracle's platform-as-a-service options. Discounts are available for customers who opt for prepaid, rather than pay-as-you-go, subscriptions.

Current users and prospective customers have access to support resources on Oracle's site, including forums, tutorial videos and documents, as well as free, fully functional trial editions of some products.

Oracle invites prospective buyers to contact them directly to discuss individualized support packages.

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