Cloud Computing: Cloud Computing Reigns Supreme at Oracle OpenWorld 2010
Oracle launched its Oracle OpenWorld 2010 show on Sept. 19 with fanfare, rolling out the company's chairman and CEO, Larry Ellison, to announce a new system that enables enterprises to run their own cloud in a self-contained system. When it comes to cloud computing, Oracle agrees more with Amazon Web Services' definition than Salesforce.com's definition. That's why Oracle announced its own cloud-in-a-box system, known as the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Compute Cloud system. During his keynote address opening the show, Ellison called the new system a "cloud in a box" that is a system of "hardware and software engineered to work together to run all your apps." That, Ellison said, is Oracle's new tagline: "Hardware and Software Engineered to Work Together." Meanwhile, Oracle announced a new data warehousing and OLTP system, new Fusion Applications, a new roadmap for Java, and a host of other new and improved technologies. But the Exalogic stands out. The sleek-looking box sporting the joint Sun and Oracle logos features 30 servers with 360 cores, as well as networking and storage. It also features Oracle's own VM (virtual machine) technology and two guest operating systemsSolaris and Linux. Indeed, the entire stack of software in the Exalogic system includes the core Exalogic software, the operating system, Oracle's JRockit and HotSpot, and WebLogic and the Oracle Coherence caching solution.