People gather prior to the start of a keynote speech at the All Things Oracle OpenWorld Summit in San Francisco, California in this September 24, 2013, file photo. Oracle Corp's better-than-expected results and quarterly revenue outlook spurred cautious hope on December 18, 2013 that the software maker is on track to revive growth curtailed this year by slow IT spending. REUTERS/Jana Asenbrennerova/Files (JANA ASENBRENNEROVA/REUTERS)

Oracle has agreed to acquire Corente, a Bernardsville, Nj.-based firm whose technology speeds up the deployment of cloud-based applications.

Terms of the deal, expected to close in early 2014, were not disclosed. Until the transaction closes, each company will operate independently, according to a statement on Oracle’s Web site.

Founded in 2007, Corente’s customers include service providers such as British Telecom.

Oracle’s customers are likely “looking for new ways to deliver a growing portfolio of cloud-based applications and services to their entire ecosystem without the long delays of securing and configuring complex infrastructures,” Edward Screven, Corente’s chief corporate architect, wrote in a letter to Oracle’s customers and partners.

Corente is the latest in a series of server- and networking-related acquisitions over the past few years. Oracle acquired Nirvanix in December of 2013 for its cloud storage technology, virtual networking firm Xsigo Systems in July of 2012, Ksplice, a company creating zero-downtime update software in July of 2011, and data storage company Pillar Data systems in June 2011.

In December of 2013, Oracle announced plans to acquire San Bruno, Calif.-based firm providing cloud-based marketing software.