What a difference a year makes. Last September, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison launched into a tirade about the "nonsense" that cloud computing had become. The industry had gone haywire, he said, and slapped the buzzword on technologies that weren't really new at all.
What a difference a year makes. Last September, Oracle (ORCL) CEO Larry Ellison launched into a
tirade about the "nonsense" that cloud computing had become. The industry had gone haywire, he said, and slapped the buzzword on technologies that weren't really new at all.
In a keynote Tuesday, Executive Vice President of Product Development Thomas Kurian declared Oracle is in the best position to provide cloud computing products and services, thanks to its comprehensive lineup of hardware, applications, security and management technologies.
run any kind of application at vast scale, he said.
"You get a single environment and single architecture to manage your data center," Kurian said.
He also demonstrated how Oracle's management software can "manage the entire cloud, all the way from applications down to the disk," giving administrators insight into KPIs (key performance indicators) as well as the status of servers and throughput. "Both are critical when you move to cloud," he said.
Kurian also addressed Oracle's formula for security in the cloud, touting its offerings in database-level security and identity management.
"In the past you had to call in a developer to do that. We have re-architected our middleware to change how you do this in a fundamental way," he said.
It made sense for Kurian to stress Oracle's capabilities in security and identity management, as they are not things that most pure-play SaaS (software-as-a-service) vendors can offer as of yet, said 451 Group analyst China Martens.
Oracle's cloud computing strategy doesn't appear to include a public IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-service) offering like Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). Nor did Kurian stress concepts such as multitenancy, a SaaS architecture that lets many customers access a single instance of an application, with their data kept separate.
approach is favored by SaaS vendors because it cuts down on system overhead and
makes it easy to roll out upgrades to many users at once.
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