Oracle Finally Takes Full Plunge Into Cloud Computing Services
The capabilities of Oracle platform as a service include database, database backup, Java, developer, mobile, document management, business intelligence and cloud marketplace. The platform as a service is touted as using the same technology on-premise or in the cloud. The platform services are integrated with the application; it is the same software as used on-premise. With Oracle database cloud service you can get a dedicated database instance running on the compute service. Oracle will manage the database, including patches and upgrades, which the company feels will differentiate it from other cloud vendors offering Oracle databases. But Oracle requires users to maintain the upgrades, backups and other services. The company will provide three tiers of services including basic, managed and maximum availability. The company also announced Java as a service. Oracle will offer a dedicated WebLogic cluster on compute services. The Java service will offer elastic load balancing and Oracle manages the backup, patches and the WebLogic instance. Again, Oracle managing the Java service is a feature the company feels will set it apart from other services. “You focus on the app, we take care of the infrastructure,” said Kurian. “We are trying to make your IT department heroes in your company."The company also announced infrastructure as a service consisting of storage, compute, identity, cache and messaging. The storage service targets cloud and on-premise clients and can be accessed through OpenStack Swift APIs. The second service is a compute service which includes a range of compute APIs. The company supports OpenStack for deployments. The compute environments are fully isolated. The Oracle announcements followed a presentation by Microsoft which discussed Microsoft’s Oracle offerings in the Windows and Linux environment via the Azure environment. Those offerings are still in the beta mode but will move to general availability “within months.” Oracle decision to embrace the management aspects of the cloud will favor customers looking to develop an all-Oracle cloud environment, rather than a mix-and-match approach to cloud services. It will also make it difficult to switch out of the Oracle cloud should the environment prove too expensive or fails to meet customers’ expectations. Eric Lundquist is a technology analyst at Ziff Brothers Investments, a private investment firm. Lundquist, who was editor-in-chief at eWEEK (previously PC WEEK) from 1996-2008 authored this article for eWEEK to share his thoughts on technology, products and services. No investment advice is offered in this article. All duties are disclaimed. Lundquist works separately for a private investment firm which may at any time invest in companies whose products are discussed in this article and no disclosure of securities transactions will be made.
The Oracle cloud environment offers single sign-on and a single source of cloud management. “It is the same software in the cloud and on-premise,” Kurian said.