Arguably, Oracle has been a little late in terms of pulling together a comprehensive approach to cloud computing. But as time marches on, the company's cloud computing strategy appears to be gaining more clarity.
This week Oracle foreshadowed more of that strategy by talking up plans to make its applications available as a service. According to Steve Miranda, Oracle senior vice president of application development, the benefit of the Oracle SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) is that it provides a fully integrated set of ERP applications that creates an environment where business processes can be tightly coupled, as opposed to a SaaS platform dominated by one single application.
At the same time, Oracle President Mark Hurd recently told a gathering of security professionals in New York that once the company has all of its applications running on the Oracle Fusion Middleware architecture, customers will be able to deploy applications on their own private clouds or public cloud infrastructure. In effect, Oracle will have a three-prong approach to cloud computing spanning private clouds, SaaS applications managed by Oracle and a variety of public cloud computing options.
In addition, IT organizations can also leverage Fusion to create their own custom applications, which can be deployed either on an internal private cloud or on public infrastructure.
In short, there will be no shortage of options when it comes to Oracle and cloud computing. The challenge will be finding the right mix of cloud computing, which for every organization is going to be different depending on the uniqueness of their business and overall IT sophistication.