Oracle Fleshes Out Cloud Plans At OpenWorld

Oracle is using this week's OpenWorld event to dispel lingering questions about its still-evolving cloud computing strategy.

By Jaikumar Vijayan
Wed, October 05, 2011

Computerworld — SAN FRANCISCO -- Oracle is using the OpenWorld event here this week to dispel lingering questions about its still-evolving cloud computing strategy.

The company plans an 'Oracle Powers the Cloud' event for tomorrow during which executives hope to hammer home Oracle's efforts to leverage its broad range of technologies in cloud environments. The event will include more than 25 sessions and 15 demonstrations focused solely on cloud computing .

On Tuesday, an Oracle executive offered a fairly detailed overview of the company's plans to deliver software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) capabilities over the next few years.

In a session titled, Oracle Is the Technology That Powers the Cloud, Group Vice President Robert Shimp said the company's goal over the next few years is to deliver best-of-breed technologies and services at every layer of the cloud stack. To do that, it will take advantage of Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Enterprise Manager and Oracle VM to build out a range of capabilities in the private and public cloud computing space, Shimp said.

Much of the strategy is being driven by growing adoption of cloud computing by Oracle's customers, Shimp said. A recent, yet-to-be released study by the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), for instance, showed that adoption of private clouds has increased by over 28% in the past year within the Oracle user base. Adoption of public clouds was even faster, with more than 50% growth, he said.

"There are now more new applications being deployed in the cloud by enterprise customers than extensions to existing applications," he said.

Many of Oracle's existing enterprise technologies are already cloud-ready, or soon will be, Shimp said. All of Oracle's Fusion Applications are already SaaS-enabled and can be consumed as an on-demand service within a private, public or hybrid cloud. Oracle's Fusion applications for the cloud include financial management, human resource management, supply chain management, CRM and portfolio management software, he said.

"This is by far the most comprehensive set [of applications] that will be available in the marketplace," Shimp said.

Oracle's PaaS offerings will include a range of best-of-breed products, including its Fusion applications, its core database technology, MySQL tools and a range of ID management software, he said. Oracle's PaaS offerings will run on hardware platforms optimized for specific tasks.

"We believe that in the future, the enterprise-class cloud will be built on engineered systems and not on a stack of [Intel] boxes," he said.

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