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