Oracle Expands In The Cloud With 10 New Services

John Foley John Foley, Oracle

Oracle ORCL -0.45% made its biggest cloud computing announcement of the year at Oracle OpenWorld on Tuesday, introducing 10 new cloud services from all levels of the cloud stack: software as a service, platform as a service, and infrastructure as a service.  CEO Larry Ellison wasn’t around to unveil the offerings, but he had a very good reason for being absent. Along with the rest of Oracle Team TISI -0.37% USA, Ellison was fully engaged in a do-or-die yacht race for the America’s Cup in San Francisco Bay. Due to a happenstance in scheduling, the race took place simultaneously with Oracle’s Tuesday afternoon cloud launch.

Thomas Kurian, Oracle Executive Vice President of Product Development, stepped in to substitute for Oracle’s CEO. “Larry apologizes—wishes he could be here,” Kurian said. “Couldn’t be two places at once.”

And with that, Kurian introduced 10 new cloud services that give Oracle customers a more complete range of enterprise capabilities: Compute Cloud, Object Storage Cloud, Database Cloud, Java Cloud, Business Intelligence Cloud, Documents Cloud, Mobile Cloud, Database Backup Cloud, Billing and Revenue Management Cloud, and Cloud Marketplace.

That’s on top of Oracle’s existing portfolio of cloud apps, which include human resources, talent management, enterprise resource planning, supply chain management, sales, marketing, service, enterprise planning, financial reporting, and social networking, marketing, and engagement.

In fact, Oracle’s cloud customer base has reached 10,000 companies, generating 18 billion transactions a day, Kurian said.

At the same time, it’s important to understand that Oracle sells its Exadata Database Machine and other engineered systems for businesses that want to run some or all of their computing workloads in their own data centers and create private clouds that are fully compatible with Oracle’s public cloud services. Earlier in the day, Kurian and John Fowler, Oracle Executive Vice President of Systems, provided an update on the latest capabilities in Oracle’s engineered systems family of products. For more on that important part of the company strategy, see Alex Wolfe’s article, In Datacenter Of Future, Engineered Systems Are Platform For IT Acceleration.”

On Tuesday afternoon, Kurian highlighted three of Oracle’s new cloud capabilities: Database as a Service, Java as a Service, and Infrastructure as a Service.

Oracle’s Database as a Service provides dedicated database instances of Oracle 11g or Oracle 12c running on Oracle VM virtualization. “It’s taking the world’s best database and making it available in the cloud,” Kurian said.

The database service is provided on a monthly subscription basis with three options: basic, managed (where Oracle manages the database for the customer), or maximum availability, based on Oracle’s Real Application Clusters and Data Guard technologies.

With the managed cloud option, Oracle provides a full range of database management functions for the customer, including backup, patching, and tuning. “It saves you cost and operational complexity,” said Kurian.

“You can focus on using the database and building the applications. We take care of managing it for you,” he added. “That’s a big difference between what we are doing and what anyone else is doing.”

Oracle’s new Java as a Service is based on WebLogic Server clusters, and can be customized for any Java application.  As with Database as a Service, Java as a Service is available in three options—basic, managed, and maximum availability—and is offered as a monthly subscription.

“We give you the ability to run Java applications in the cloud,” Kurian said, adding that users can scale workloads based on the transaction requirements of their applications.

Then there’s Oracle’s Infrastructure as a Service, comprised of three primary elements: compute (virtual CPUs), elastic block storage, and object storage. Complementing those are identity services for single sign on to the cloud, caching for speedier apps, and messaging.

Oracle Compute Cloud Service offers a variety of CPU instance types, including standard, CPU intensive, and memory intensive. For administrators, it provides root virtual machine access for hands-on cloud management.

Cloud Ecosystem

Oracle’s cloud ecosystem is expanding, too. The Oracle Cloud Marketplace lets partners build applications using Oracle Cloud Platform Services and offer those apps to Oracle customers. Steve Miranda, Executive Vice President of Applications Development, called the Marketplace “the perfect distribution channel for cloud applications.”

At launch, Oracle Cloud Marketplace features more than 100 applications from Oracle partners, in the areas of channel management, lead generation, data quality, reporting, productivity tools, quoting, contract management, forecasting, sales incentives, and compensation management.

Individually or in combination, Oracle’s new cloud services can make businesses more agile. “It saves you costs, it gives you speed,” Kurian said. “We think this software can change every IT department and every user’s experience.”

About the same time that Kurian was making that statement about the speed of business, Oracle Team USA was winning its race in dramatic fashion, tying Emirates Team New Zealand at eight races apiece, and setting the stage for a winner-takes-all final.


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