Oracle Corp., the world's largest database maker, has introduced a cloud-computing service to let corporate customers access data over the Internet, stepping up competition with Inc. and Workday Inc.

The Oracle Cloud will include more than 100 applications, the Redwood City, California-based company said yesterday. The service includes the Fusion business applications and online programs from acquired companies Taleo Corp. and RightNow Technologies Inc.

The debut vaults Oracle into the fast-growing market for software that is delivered over the Internet, using technology that can save customers money on hardware and speed up product updates. Expanding in the $113.8 billion business-applications market could help reduce Oracle's reliance on hardware gained from its $7.4 billion purchase of Sun Microsystems in 2010.

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