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Oracle joins public cloud frenzy with Oracle Cloud

Chris Mayer
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Seven years in testing all comes down to this big announcement – but what exactly is Oracle Cloud?

In typical Oracle pomp and fanfare, the company has finally
joined this century by entering the public cloud race with the
simply titled – Oracle
Cloud
.

In Wednesday’s announcement from Oracle’s Redwood Shores
Headquarters, Larry Ellison. with his typical bravado revealed the
company’s first broad subscription-based cloud offering, tying
together a lot of their smaller products into one cloud
platform.

The newly rebadged service will feature subscription
access to Fusion CRM, the Oracle Social Network, Fusion human
capital management, the Oracle Database Service, and importantly
for us, the Oracle Java Cloud Service.

Ellison in his presentation went into much more detail
regarding what Oracle Cloud actually was than he did in October’s
announcement, even providing a demo into the social aspects of
Fusion – yet we’re still not any closer to understanding what
Oracle Cloud actually is.

Ellison did however acknowledge that Oracle is moving away
from the previously titled ‘Project Fusion’ after it was dubbed
‘Project ConFusion’ by a competitor. Perhaps they weren’t so far
away from the mark.

Effectively this announcement appeared to suggest that
Oracle Cloud is out of a prolonged testing phase of seven years and
is now readily available for the enterprise, and we don’t doubt
that Oracle are finally embracing the cloud – you just need to look
at the plans for Java EE 7 to see that. But are Oracle too late to
the dance?

There were some hardly-veiled swipes at competitors during
the presentation, notably Salesforce, and on Larry Ellison’s newly
created Twitter account (yet another embrace of relevant
technology) where he let fly at SAP in his solitary tweet to
date:

Ellison admitted that Oracle Cloud bares resemblance to Amazon
Web Services through cloud elasticity. Broadly speaking,
Oracle Cloud does look like a fully-fledged cloud platform,
bringing together services for platform, application, custom
infrastructure, and social. Oracle’s aggressive acquisitions of
Taleo for example, have played a big part.

“Almost seven years of relentless engineering and
innovation plus key strategic acquisitions. An investment of
billions. We are now announcing the most comprehensive Cloud on the
planet Earth,” said the Oracle CEO. “Most cloud vendors only have
niche assets. They don’t have platforms to extend. Oracle is the
only vendor that offers a complete suite of modern,
socially-enabled applications, all based on a standards-based
platform.”

With over 100 standards-based, enterprise-grade
applications from the Fusion stack already up in the cloud, Oracle
is proud to boast that they are ahead of the game – although this
might not be true
according to the Register
. Aside from the gusto, we were left
in the dark over pricing and how to configure it, but Oracle seemed
more intent on letting everyone know how great their first cloud
is.

Ellison was also keen to state that Oracle Cloud
is based on their own Exadata database appliances and
Exalogic middleware appliances – why bother going somewhere else
when you’ve got tried and tested technologies. Either way
,
it should provide the robustness that Oracle Cloud needs to deal
with so many different arms to the structure.

Aside from the hype, this move by Oracle could be a gamechanger;
as much as it has failed to inspire, it will lure its already loyal
customerbase and other enterprises not yet fully realising what the
cloud actually is. It’s a fairly run-of-the-mill announcement
covered in gloss, but nonetheless, it’s a big move for a company
who previously shirked any suggestion of cloud. To get to this
point, Oracle’s invested a lot of time and man hours to get their
public cloud ready – will it live up to expectations?

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