So having written my blog entry Gaps in Oracle’s Cloud Cover? to things have popped up on my radar. Firstly a message via LinkedIn from epmvirtual.com indicating that they could potentially assist (although EPM’s site only currently offer solutions around Hyperion online); and then the news item of Oracle and Verizon offering SOA in the cloud which reports that Verizon’s cloud solution (currently in Beta) offers SOA middleware cloud instances that can be rented by the hour (with bring your own license or rent license as well). Verizon’s own announcement can be read here. Bottomline – Verizon have beaten Oracle to the punch of offering Oracle’s own middleware in the cloud. We’ll write more when there is something to share.