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Savvis brings license-free Oracle, SQL Server to the cloud

Managed-hosting veteran and now enterprise cloud-computing provider Savvis (s ctl) is trying to woo even more big-name customers with its new Symphony Database service that features Oracle Database 11g (s orcl) and Microsoft (s msft) SQL Server with their usual cumbersome enterprise licenses.

For those keeping score at home, this puts Savvis on par with Amazon Web Services (s amzn) with regard to Oracle, but one up on AWS in the SQL Server column. AWS offers EC2 instances of both Oracle Database and SQL Server, but only offers the Oracle (and MySQL) option as part of its Relational Database Service. Savvis’s new offering is akin to RDS.

It’s not yet a household name among cloud providers, but Savvis is one of three, along with AWS and Microsoft(s msft), that offers its own separate database service. That’s something. Here’s how Savvis describes Symphony Database:

With just a few clicks, Symphony Database provisions everything needed for a complete, secure database solution. Client advantages include no software licensing or hardware provisioning. Performance levels can be scaled – both up and down – based on business needs, without any downtime, providing performance guarantees and reduced costs compared to hosted database solutions.

Savvis has been relatively quiet since getting into the cloud business a couple of years ago with Symphony, but perhaps new parent company CenturyLink is anxious to pick up the pace. Aside from AWS, Savvis has to compete with fellow telcos Verizon (s vz) — which has bought Terremark and CloudSwitch in the past year — and AT&T (s t) for enterprise cloud customers, as well as formidable smaller players such as OpSource, Virtustream and Tier3.

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