San Jose California based video conferencing solutions provider Zoom Video Communications has signed on technology firm Oracle’s cloud infrastructure to handle its rapidly growing user base and evolving business needs.
“We explored multiple platforms, and Oracle cloud infrastructure was instrumental in helping us quickly scale our capacity and meet the needs of our new users," Zoom CEO Eric S. Yuan said in a statement.
Zoom has already started transferring resources upwards of seven petabytes through Oracle cloud infrastructure servers each day. Within hours of deployment, it was able to support Zoom meetings.
Zoom saw its user base grow from 200 million active users in February to more than 300 million in March due to several companies taking work home. The video conferencing app required urgent support to handle the sudden increase in users.
"We are proud to work with Zoom, as both their cloud infrastructure provider and as a customer, while they grow and continue to connect businesses, people and governments around the world,” Oracle CEO Safra Catz said.
Zoom picking Oracle has come as a surprise as it is seen as a niche cloud solutions provider in comparison to the heavyweights such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform. A report by Synergy Research Group also showed that even IBM and Salesforce had bigger deployments than Oracle.
However, Oracle said it was uniquely positioned to enable Zoom’s rapid expansion due to its network architecture, capacity and data centre locations.
All three leading cloud service providers have their own video conferencing apps. Microsoft has Teams while Google has been pushing for its Meet platform. AWS also has its own solution, the Amazon Chime.