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Oracle presents complete PaaS platform, continues transition to Cloud

Natali Vlatko
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Although cloud-based operations were once described as ‘gibberish’, Oracle head-honcho Larry Ellison has now presented Oracle’s ‘complete’ Cloud PaaS package, marking their place in the growing Cloud ecosystem.

Oracle’s Cloud Platform PaaS Launch Event was the setting for some big Oracle news: Founder and CTO Larry Ellison unveiled Oracle’s new Cloud Platform services where he called their cloud apps and platform technologies “complete”.

Their new PaaS offerings include releases in the categories of mobile, application development, business analytics, data management, data integration and content and collaboration. Oracle’s platform allows users to build new apps, extend existing ones and move existing on-premise workloads to the cloud with no application changes.

In his presentation, Ellison said that Oracle wanted to offer its customers “not just Oracle technology, but all the necessary technology to move all of your data into the Oracle Cloud”. This mindset is entire leagues away from Ellison’s previous opinions on cloud technology, going from calling them “complete gibberish” to then appointing SAP’s former cloud business executive to manage their cloud portfolio.

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Oracle is aiming straight for the top in terms of its cloud options, with Ellison stating that Oracle would offer better prices for cloud storage and service in comparison to Amazon and its other competitors such as EMC and Microsoft – Ellison states that their new Archive Storage service goes “head-to-head with Amazon Glacier and it’s one-tenth their price”. The adoption rate is also noted as growing:

Oracle Cloud continues to show strong adoption, supporting 70+ million users and more than 33 billion transactions each day. It runs on 54,000 devices and more than 700 petabytes of storage in 19 data centers around the world.

On top of the price promise, hybrid cloud computing options would also be on the table for customers looking to move their data back to an on-premise environment. This means that Oracle Cloud SaaS and the newly announced PaaS are 100 percent compatible. “You can go both ways,” he announced, which has been duly noted by observers to highlight the fact that with Amazon, you can’t.

The services that are now on offer include the following:

  • Database Cloud – Exadata: Run Oracle databases in the cloud with the same functionality and availability of on-premise, Exadata-based databases
  • Archive Storage Cloud: A “deep cloud” archive for applications and workloads that require long-term retention at the “lowest price in the industry”
  • Big Data Cloud and Big Data SQL Cloud: Secure platform for running diverse workloads on Hadoop and NoSQL databases, combined with implementation of SQL to Hadoop and NoSQL
  • Integration Cloud: Integration between the cloud and on-premise Oracle and third-party applications, with pre-built integrations and embedded best practice recommendations
  • Mobile Cloud: Mobile Back-end as a Service (MBaaS), allowing developers to develop and deploy mobile apps integrated with an enterprise-grade backend cloud infrastructure
  • Process Cloud: A zero-code, cloud-based process automation platform offering the ability to manage the entire lifecycle of business processes “independent of IT”

The competitive landscape that Oracle now finds itself in has come about due to Oracle (and Ellison) recognising the need to move into cloud if it wants to compete with the big guys and rejuvenate its profit growth:

Oracle is the only company on the planet that can deliver a complete, integrated, standards-based suite of services at every layer of the cloud. Those technology advantages enable us to be much more cost-effective than our competitors.

The PaaS Solutions Brief can be accessed here.

Natali Vlatko
An Australian who calls Berlin home, via a two year love affair with Singapore. Natali was an Editorial Assistant for (S&S Media Group).

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