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 OpenWorld.

Perhaps of most significance is Oracle’s use of OpenStack in its upcoming Public Cloud service, which follows Oracle’s acquisition of OpenStack startup Nimbula six 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 service.

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 PR.

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