Finally, Oracle's Public Cloud Launches
After billions of dollars in investment and seven years of development, the Oracle Public Cloud launched last Wednesday as expected.
CEO Larry Ellison said at the launch event that all of his company's key infrastructure and applications are now available as cloud services.
The long-planned effort, known internally as "Fusion," will allow customers to procure Oracle's broad product line as elastic, consumption-based services. Despite trailing its rivals in offering a broad cloud portfolio, Ellison argued Oracle is now delivering a public cloud service that lets enterprise IT customers seamlessly move their premises apps to its cloud and vice versa. "You can move things gracefully back and forth. You're not making a forever commitment to keep it on our cloud," Ellison said.
Touting its security, Ellison said Oracle Public Cloud is not based on a multitenant architecture. "When you're using our database, your data is not commingled with other customers' data. It's secure and it's separate," he said.
Among Oracle's core products available as a service are its flagship database, WebLogic (for developing, deploying and managing Java apps), developer tools and Web services components (for building apps using PHP, Ruby and Python), mobile tools for building cross-platform native and HTML 5 apps, document collaboration, Web site services and analytics.
Also available is Oracle's broad portfolio of apps including ERP, human capital management, CRM, talent management and customer service. The company is also offering Oracle Cloud Social Services, which includes its own enterprise social network platform called the Oracle Social Network. It includes Oracle Social Data Services for aggregating data from public social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, Oracle Social Marketing Engagement Services and Oracle Social Intelligence Services.
Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on June 13, 2012