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"Seattle has emerged with enough talented people, and a growing critical mass of application providers,” said Prashant Ketkar, the head of products for Oracle’s public cloud business.

NYT: Score another one for Seattle.

On Tuesday, Oracle kicked off its new cloud computing technology center in Seattle. On hand were several recruiting executives; initially designed for 100 cloud engineers, the facility is expected to hire a lot more and serve as an education and training facility as well.

“We expect this to be a big deal,” said Prashant Ketkar, the head of products for Oracle’s public cloud business. “We intend to hire more and more.”

This is the biggest move by an established software applications company into Seattle, an important development if Seattle is to continue as the center of the cloud computing industry.

Amazon, of course, is based in Seattle, and has the headquarters of Amazon Web Services there. Across Lake Washington, Microsoft’s cloud business, Azure, is a centerpiece of chief executive Satya Nadella’s plans to spur Microsoft’s growth. Google has also located its cloud business in Seattle, and Century Link increased its cloud presence there when it purchased Tier 3 last year.

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