So much for “complete gibberish”

OracleWorld 2013 roundup: OpenStack in Oracle Cloud & more

Elliot Bentley

Annual event sees new product announcements, tie-ins with Dell and Microsoft – but Larry snubs in favor of boat racing.


Taking place alongside
JavaOne in San Francisco this week has been Oracle’s other, larger
conference, OpenWorld, where Larry Ellison’s tech giant has been
rolling out news of its own (albeit without Ellison, who for much
of the week has been

too busy racing boats

Perhaps he wasn’t keen on eating his own words:
In the five years since Ellison’s infamous dismissing cloud
computing as “complete gibberish”, Oracle has wholly embraced the
term, with Oracle Cloud being given top billing at

Perhaps of most significance is Oracle’s use of
OpenStack in its upcoming Public Cloud service, which follows

acquisition of OpenStack startup Nimbula
months ago. Former Nimbula boss Chris Pinkham, who now heads up
Oracle’s cloud division, told The Register that the only
“interesting relevant parts” of OpenStack being used are
pretty much storage and little bits of compute”. This
means it will also share the APIs of Swift and Nova, hopefully
relieving some of that dreaded lock-in..

Oracle has yet to contribute a single line of
code to OpenStack’s open-source codebase, which – though controlled
by a cross-industry foundation – is now

mostly written
by Red Hat, Rackspace and IBM.
However, it’s at least some recognition that, as an underdog in the
cloud space, the company needs to embrace portability and open
standards in order to compete.

Then again, maybe Ellison was too proud to
discuss a cloud-centric partnership struck with old rival
Microsoft, announced in June but launched today. It will see Oracle
Database and Java SE on Windows Server, as well as Oracle Linux and
WebLogic as options on Windows Azure, Microsoft’s own cloud

Another corporate team-up reaffirmed this week
was with Dell, whose founder, Michael Dell, recently

reacquired his own company
. He appeared
onstage to make several product announcements tying together
software and hardware from both companies.

The bedrock of the big red O’s business is, of
course, databases, and the Sunday keynote didn’t disappoint, with a
new in-memory option designed to compete with the likes of SAP’s
HANA. Larry made the effort to turn up to this keynote at least,
claiming that the machine’s transactions ran at “ungodly speeds”,
sometimes around 100 times faster than previous models..

He also revealed dedicated ‘M6-32’ hardware to
take advantage of the in-memory feature, and the snappily-named
‘Oracle Database Backup Logging Recovery Appliance’ which does what
it says on the tin – optimised database backup. (Ellison added:
“You’re probably asking me who is the genius who named that
product. I did. That’s why they pay me the big bucks.”)

Still, none of this compares to
Oracle Team USA’s win
if the company’s
homepage is anything to go by – a triumphant victory message takes
up the very first position on the carousel.

Photos by Oracle

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