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Oracle’s Larry Ellison has been leading the database company further into the public cloud, stepping up its competition with Amazon Web Services. (Oracle Photo)

Oracle has stepped up its public-cloud game, paying an undisclosed sum to buy Dynamic Network Services (known as Dyn), a provider of domain-name services (DNS).

Market-leading public cloud company Amazon Web Services offers customers its own DNS service, colorfully named Route 53, as do Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud. Now Oracle, which would like to own a bigger share of the public-cloud market, is one step closer to being a full-service cloud.

“Adding Dyn’s DNS extends the Oracle cloud computing platform and provides enterprise customers with a one-stop shop for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS),” said Thomas Kurian, Oracle’s VP of product development, in an online letter to customers.  “Dyn’s DNS is a critical core component and a natural extension to our cloud computing platform.” Dyn also monitors, controls, and optimizes Internet applications and cloud services to deliver faster access and reduced page load times, he said.

DNS is essentially a database that stores IP addresses and other data and allows looking them up by name. Having a cloud-based DNS service frees customers from having to maintain their own DNS servers and software.

Dyn achieved unwanted fame last month when it was hit by a massive DDoS attack. Dyn says it makes 40 billion traffic-optimization decisions daily for more than 3,500 enterprise customers, including CNBC, Netflix, Pfizer and Twitter.

After Oracle co-founder and CTO Larry Ellison spent the better part of an hour trash-talking Amazon Web Services in September, declaring that Amazon’s lead in the cloud was over, AWS chief Andy Jassy last month dismissed Ellison’s remarks out of hand.

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