Oracle CEO Larry Ellison appears to have a healthy respect for Amazon Web Services. Why? It's one of the few rivals he didn't rant about. And if imitation is flattery, it's quite possible that Ellison is an AWS fan. Consider the following quote from Oracle's cloud powwow. As part of our platform we have a lot of common with Amazon Web Services. Archive is elastic like Amazon's cloud is elastic. When you look at our cloud and you look at our platform who are we most like? Well I guess at the platform level, we are kind of similar to Amazon. I think we have better tools and a better database, etc. But this is kind of similar to Amazon and it is elastic cloud. As you need more capacity you spool of another virtual machine not unlike Amazon. Indeed, Oracle's platform as a service strategy looks a lot like Amazon's. Related: Oracle joins public cloud party after six years in development | Oracle Platinum Services aims to redefine IT support So why would Oracle trump AWS? Ellison … [Read more...] about Oracle’s Cloud vs. Amazon Web Services: Will security be the difference?
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Oracle wants to build a cathedral of cloud services, while all around it its competitors are building slums. The company's chief executive, Larry Ellison, outlined the database giant's cloud strategy on Sunday at Oracle OpenWorld . His vision was that Oracle customers will use both a public and private cloud entirely based around the company's software and hardware. "We're adding a new line of business, cloud computing, to our traditional business of selling software and selling hardware... and we're going to sell it on the fastest computers in the world," Ellison said on Sunday. "It makes a lot of sense for Oracle to be in all three tiers of cloud services." Those three tiers are software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS). In other words, Oracle wants to be the Salesforce, Heroku, and Google, Microsoft, Amazon and HP of the cloud. "The infrastructure that we're offering isn't conventional infrastructure," Ellison … [Read more...] about Ellison sets sights on an all-Oracle cloud
Oracle filled out its cloud strategy in a three-day blitz through New York that delivered a new version Solaris, which increasingly will power Exadata systems, an integrated Oracle Marketing Cloud, and migration tools for customers to move to software as a service. For good measure, Oracle showed user cloud app interface tweaks and talked strategy with analysts. Add it up and it's clear the Oracle selling machine is revving up for the cloud. What remains to be seen is whether customers go for Oracle's big sale or decide that incumbent enterprise vendors are more marketing machines instead of innovation partners and look elsewhere. The big question: Are there term limits on massive enterprise tech vendors? The point is worth noting as all the big companies you'd never get fired over buying from talk cloud, mobile, big data and other trends. SAP CEO Bill McDermott talked about how the suite will always win even in the cloud. Oracle President Mark Hurd on Tuesday said the company's goal … [Read more...] about Oracle’s cloud blitz: Are there term limits on enterprise tech giants?
Oracle is launching a new cloud service that will be installed in a customer's data center with a pay-by-usage model. The family of offerings is called Oracle Cloud at Customer and is aimed at enterprises that want to move critical applications to the cloud and adhere to privacy and security regulations. For Oracle, the cloud-at-customer effort is a unique spin on the hybrid data center and allows the vendor to straddle the on-premise and as-a-service shifts. Cloud-at-customer offerings are priced based on subscription and align to what Oracle already charges for its services. The sales pitch for Oracle revolves around bringing the cloud to the customer. The service will be managed by Oracle. Amit Zavery, senior vice president for Oracle Cloud Platform, said the company came up with its architecture to extend its public services in private data centers due to customer requests. "We're enabling customers to have the features of the cloud and pricing model inside their own data … [Read more...] about Oracle’s cloud computing plan: Bring services to customers on-premises
The demise of legacy enterprise software vendors may be a bit overblown and Oracle appears to be showing a blueprint and a ground game that leverages its customer base into an as-a-service recurring revenue stream. Oracle's fourth quarter was strong on many fronts, but can be summed up in two words: Legacy lives. And if you couple Oracle's results with strong performances from Red Hat and VMware you'll find that the giants are adapting. Oracle's strong print combined with recent solid results from Red Hat and VMware suggest that legacy software vendors continue to improve execution despite the changing IT landscape. It further goes to show how sticky enterprise software is and that legacy players can adjust as they leverage their privileged position within their massive installed base footprint. You could also add SAP into that mix. Perhaps these enterprise giants are melding license and cloud models into something hybrid. The upshot: Enterprise software giants don't necessarily … [Read more...] about Oracle re-spins legacy software into cloud growth game
Oracle expanded its Cloud at Customer lineup to include all of its platform- and software-as-a-services and a system focused on big data. The company on its earnings conference call highlighted how AT&T is moving multiple databases to its Cloud at Customer platform. The gist of Oracle's Cloud at Customer effort is that the company will put compute, storage, and networking gear in an enterprise's data center. That machine will be connected to Oracle's public cloud services and priced as a subscription. Oracle's product lineup, which now includes Oracle Cloud Machine, Oracle Exadata Cloud Machine, and Oracle Big Data Cloud Machine, is tailored to businesses that prefer public cloud options, but need to keep data in-house due to regulations. Read more: Oracle re-spins legacy software into cloud growth game For Oracle, Cloud at Customer enables the company to sell converged systems and grow its cloud base while keeping current customers. Enterprises are moving to the cloud, but … [Read more...] about Oracle expands Cloud at Customer portfolio to cover PaaS, SaaS, big data
Oracle's new Autonomous Database Cloud will be cheaper, faster and, with the addition of the Oracle Cyber Security System, safer than anything from Amazon Web Services (AWS). At least that's the assertion Oracle Executive Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison wants everyone to remember from last week's Oracle Open World 2017 (OOW17) event in San Francisco. Whether Oracle's claims are fair and accurate comparisons remains to be seen, as the first release of the Oracle Autonomous Database, through a Data Warehouse Cloud Service, won't be available until December. Count on it being at least a few more months before independent reviewers can do independent tests against rival cloud services. It should be about that same time -- six months from now -- that several other data-related announcements from OOW17 will actually be available. Some notable OOW17 announcements are generally available today, such as the Oracle Big Data Cloud, Oracle Event Hub and Stream Analytics Cloud services, and the … [Read more...] about Oracle Open World 2017: 9 announcements to follow from autonomous to AI
In an ideal world, would anyone want to run their own IT?It’s a huge hassle. As soon as you invest in technology, the countdown to obsolescence begins, and challenges like scalability and security turn mild-mannered people into raving lunatics. Sure, you need developers and designers and engineers for your core processes, customer experience, and market differentiation. But the platform? Please, let someone else take care of it.Such is the lure of the public cloud. But alas, our world falls short of ideal, and existing workloads do not matriculate easily. Some enterprise workloads operate on data bound by regulation to stay on premises. Others would need to be refactored so radically to move elsewhere that it’s simply not worth it.That’s why the industry keeps coming up with hybrid cloud schemes -- similar private/public cloud environments that, theoretically at least, make workload migration and cross-cloud management much easier. Last week I interviewed Oracle about … [Read more...] about For real this time? Oracle, VMware talk up the cloud
Oracle is adding PHP development to its cloud platform, with plans to add other languages, including Ruby. Support for Oracle's open source MySQL database will be added as well.The Oracle Application Container Cloud service for building and scaling apps in the cloud is adding PHP support, including the PHP native runtime. Ruby is expected to be added in three to four months. The service also supports Java and Node.js.Oracle is not the first to support PHP development in its cloud: Google already has done so on its Google App Engine cloud platform. But Siddhartha Agarwal, vice president of product management and strategy for Oracle Cloud Platform, emphasized the Oracle cloud's Java capabilities, which can be paired with PHP. "The thing is that they might want to be writing applications that are [working with] Java EE-based apps," he noted.Additionally, MySQL databases now can be spun up on Oracle's Cloud Platform via MySQL Cloud Service. Developers can use the database without … [Read more...] about Oracle’s cloud adds PHP now, Ruby later
Oracle is not the first company that comes to mind when you think of enterprise security, but the company announced at its recent OpenWorld conference new products with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning capabilities to quickly identify security threats.The company introduced two new sets of integrated suites called Oracle Identity Security Operations Center (SOC) and Oracle Management Cloud. It claims they will help enterprises forecast, reduce, detect and resolve cybersecurity threats in minutes rather than days and assist remediation of application and infrastructure performance issues.It makes sense for Oracle to jump into this field even if it is full of established players like Symantec, Sophos, Tripwire and far more. Since Oracle’s databases are often a target of hacker attacks, who better to secure an Oracle database than Oracle? At the heart of the system is AI and machine learning using security and operational telemetry to identify problems when … [Read more...] about Oracle leverages machine learning to manage, secure enterprise systems