Oracle Outlines Ambitious Cloud Computing Strategy

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    Oracle this week outlined a cloud computing strategy that seeks to bring together all the major components of the cloud under the control of a single federated entity.

    Speaking at the Oracle OpenWorld 2014 conference, newly named Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd says that while the company’s primary focus is going to be on the platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and software-as-a-service (SaaS) layers of the cloud, Oracle will continue to offer an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offering at price points that are competitive with Amazon Web Services.

    Hurd concedes that IaaS is a commodity business. But he also makes the case that customers that buy PaaS offerings, including database as a service, will also want to purchase IaaS from the same vendor.

    This week Oracle unveiled 171 SaaS applications, including a new Oracle Analytics Cloud, alongside a raft of PaaS offerings built on top of Oracle Fusion middleware. In addition, Oracle extended the reach of the Oracle Cloud platform to add support for Big Data analytics, integration, process management, Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE), and Node.js for server-side JavaScript.

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    Hurd says the end goal for Oracle is to make the complete Oracle portfolio available in the cloud and on premise, with Oracle providing an intelligent data management plane through which IT organizations can seamlessly govern and secure both environments.

    In effect, Oracle views the cloud as a major opportunity to extend its enterprise influence well beyond the relational database. The challenge, of course, will be unifying all those cloud offerings in a way that allows IT organizations to invoke them as a natural extension of the enterprise.

    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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