Oracle announced more than two dozen new PaaS and IaaS services spanning database, Java, integration, analytics, compute, storage, and networking services.
“We are now prepared to call our platform and our infrastructure services complete,” said Oracle executive chairman of the board and CTO Larry Ellison during the launch event to announce the new services. “You can take virtually all of your applications out of your data center and move them to the Oracle Cloud. Not just Oracle applications, not just Oracle Database, not just Java applications, but all of your applications, third-party applications, custom applications, everything can be moved from your data center to the Oracle Cloud – easily, with the push of a button.” The idea is to offer everything in the cloud and on-premise for maximum flexibility, said Ellison. "Everything we do at all three layers of the cloud is based on standards."
Cloud Ushers in a Brand New World
Observing the changing marketplace with the move to the cloud, Ellison said, “We are existing in a brand new world.” And with that change, Oracle’s primary competitors at the cloud platform and infrastructure level are changing.
There is one old competitor – Microsoft, which, Ellison said, has made it “across the chasm to the cloud,” while a primary new competitor in IaaS is Amazon. “They are not a book store-only anymore.”
New Oracle Cloud Services
Among the new cloud services are:
- New Data Management Coud Services which include: Database Cloud – High Performance Service for departmental databases; Database Cloud – Extreme Performance Service, for enterprise OLTP and analytic databases; Database Cloud – Exadata as a Service for mission-critical OLTP and analytic databases and database consolidation; Big Data – Big Data Appliance as a Service for Hadoop and Spark-based data reservoir and analytic services; and NoSQL – Key-Value Store for documents and graph data.
- New Application Development Cloud Services which include: Java SE to deploy Java SE applications to the Oracle Cloud; Node to move Node.js applications to the Oracle Cloud; JRuby to move JRuby applications to the Oracle Cloud; Mobile to build smartphone and tablet applications; and Application Builder to enable business users to rapidly create SaaS extensions.
- There are also new Business Analytics Cloud Services which include: Data Virtualization to visualize and analyze any data quickly and intuitively; Big Data Preparation to import, cleanse and prepare structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data; Big Data Discovery to find, transform, analyze and collaborate on big data; and Internet of Things to harvest data from any device: sensors to gateways.
- New Integration and Content and Collaboration Cloud Services which include: Integration to integagrate cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-on-premise applications with point and click simplicity; SOA Service to deploy high performance and scalable orchestration in the cloud: Process to rapidly automate workflows and manage business process in the cloud; and Social Network to collaborate with poeple and systems using a corporate social network.
- New Compute and Storage Cloud Services which include: Dedicate Compute to deploy legacy Oracle, third-party, and custom applications with predictable performance; File Storage for shareable NFS-based file storage exposed through a Cloud NAS virtual appliance; Archive Storage to archive dormant datasets in cost-effectively; and Cloud Data Transfer Services to ingest huge amounts of data using bulk import capabilities.
- And finally, New Network Cloud Services which include: Site to Site VPN to securely connect to the Oracle Cloud; and Direct Connect for a dedicated connection between customer data centers and the Oracle Public Cloud.
Same Technology On-Premise and in the Cloud
A key tenet of Oracle’s cloud strategy, said Ellison is to offer the same technology on-premise and in the cloud “so you can easily move your applications and and data back and forth.” In addition, “Everything we offer is standards-based,” he said. The Oracle strategy deals with the coming decade of co-existence between on-premise data processing and cloud data processing, said Ellison. "Everything is not going to move to the cloud by Friday. It is going to be a very long process. During that process, we are going to have a decade of co-existence. During that decade of co-existence, people are going to have to manage both their on-premise data processing and their cloud data processing. We are going to give them the tools that make that easy."
A single pane of glass provided by Enterprise Manager will create the illusion that on-premise and cloud resources are one common set of services. This will enable organizations to more easily manage the hybrid cloud that is made up of workloads in their own data center and the Oracle data center. Oracle can do that, he said, because it is the same product in both places, it is the same standards in both places.
“I keep coming back to industry-standard, industry-standard, industry-standard,” said Ellison at one point during his presentation, “because that is not so common in the cloud. We learned over decades with on-premise technology that standards were very important, that interoperability was very important, that upward compatibility was very important. As early suppliers rushed to the cloud, sometimes they forgot a few of those things. When we went to the cloud, we kept that lesson in mind - and we think that is a very important lesson.”
The PaaS and IaaS business is relatively new for Oracle, said Ellison, noting, “It will probably be our most important business going forward – in fact, it will be our most important business going forward. We are just seeing explosive demand for Oracle PaaS and also Oracle infrastructure as a service.”
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