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CRN Exclusive: Google Poaches Oracle Cloud's Amit Ganesh

Ganesh was a preeminent database engineer at Oracle, where he spent the entirety of his two-decade career, and last led development of vital services for Oracle's cloud

Amit Ganesh, one of the driving forces behind Oracle's efforts to become a major player in the public cloud, has moved on to Google, a major Oracle rival.

Ganesh had been at Oracle for more than two decades, starting his career at the Redwood Shores, Calif.-headquartered software giant as a database engineer soon after receiving his Master's degree from Stanford University.

He advanced to vice president of Exadata development, and in 2013 becoming senior vice president for Oracle Cloud and Server Technology.

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Earlier this month, Ganesh started a new position at Google as vice president of engineering, according to his LinkedIn profile.

In recent years, Ganesh oversaw Oracle's engineering efforts, from strategy to operational execution, for a portfolio of vital cloud services, including cybersecurity, analytics, monitoring, management, diagnostics and workflow orchestration.

A prominent database engineer, he "led the creation of industry's first integrated management, cybersecurity and analytics suite of services on the Oracle Cloud," according to his profile on the professional networking site.

During his time at Oracle, Ganesh was awarded more than 100 patents.

Oracle has been investing heavily in its cloud offerings, trying to catapult into the top rung of public cloud leaders.

Google is third by revenue in that ultra-competitive market, only trailing industry leaders Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

Oracle declined comment on the personnel move. Google did not respond to inquiries by press time.

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