Cloud Computing: Oracle's Public Cloud Launch: 10 Essential Features and Services

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-06-07 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For most of its 35 years, Oracle has been a producer and strong proponent of conventional, highly centralized on-premise data management systems. But with the Oracle Public Cloud launch June 6, Oracle has finally seen the light. Where only a few years ago it marginalized the promise of cloud computing services and what they bring to the table as alternative IT, it is now firmly in the cloud computing camp. The broad-scale provider of software, hardware and IT services officially became a public cloud computing provider like Amazon, Google, Verizon and so many others with the launch of its Oracle Cloud. Oracle Cloud is the full package, complete with platform services, application services and social networking services.  Even as it moves aggressively into the cloud space, Oracle finds itself competing head-to-head for business dollars with IBM, which provides similar services and smaller companies like Salesforce.com, which have focused their competitive strategy on the cloud. Microsoft's increasing interest in providing cloud services for business via Azure is another area of potential concern for Oracle. Here is an overview of the most important takeaways from the June 6 launch event in Redwood City, Calif.
 
 
 

It's a Comprehensive Offering

The company that made its reputation selling secure databases has put a massive amount of time and money into the Oracle Cloud offering. The new suite of services already numbers more than 100 available applications, and Oracle has made a set of new APIs available for developers to build even more services on top of it. The rest of this slide show goes into more detail about all the content included in the Oracle Cloud.
It's a Comprehensive Offering
 
 
 
 
 
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz
 
 
 
 
 
 

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