Even the Superheroes Are Doing Cloud Computing

By Diana Reichardt

Following a video trailer from the blockbuster movie The Avengers, John Fowler, executive vice president of Systems at Oracle, took the stage at Oracle OpenWorld Wednesday morning to talk about Oracle’s own cloud infrastructure and to explain how Oracle is investing in the technologies that enable superhero-grade cloud infrastructures across all the main cloud types: private, public, and hybrid.

Fowler outlined the core principles Oracle followed to develop the Oracle Cloud infrastructure:
  • Use Oracle engineering capabilities across everything from applications to hardware to build the best possible cloud products. It’s not just about using a virtual machine to run any native applications; it’s about being able to manage, secure, and properly run the entirety of your mission-critical infrastructure. 
  • Invest in core technologies, servers, and storage to allow people to build an infrastructure using the products in a traditional way if they choose, or to add to and augment an existing infrastructure. Then build the best possible performance, security, and availability into these technologies.
  • Use Oracle’s knowledge of the software stack to drive intrinsic changes in Oracle hardware in the areas of compression, security, performance, testing, and reliability enhancements, to create the best possible infrastructure to run Oracle applications.
  • Combine software and hardware to create engineered systems that deliver the performance and capability customers need. 
Just two years after Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems, Fowler said, “we now have a suite of products that have that intellectual property embedded in them to run Oracle better when deployed in the cloud.” 

Edward Screven, chief corporate architect at Oracle, joined Fowler to provide an update on Oracle VM and Oracle Linux, which along with Oracle Solaris combine to provide Oracle’s system software for the cloud. System software, said Screven, needs to be integrated with your data center fabric and provide high performance at scale to run your mission-critical applications. With Oracle Linux, he said, you get performance at scale because of the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel for Oracle Linux.

Fowler also announced Oracle Solaris 11.1, which adds hundreds of enhancements to Oracle Solaris 11, including new cloud infrastructure features, extreme availability for enterprise applications, and several improvements that make it an even better UNIX for Oracle deployments. 

In closing, Fowler said that Oracle’s best-of-breed servers and storage technologies, along with investment in IP to run the Oracle stack better, is expressed as engineered systems that can get up to 50x database acceleration.  “This all adds up to a tremendous revolution that thousands of customers have adopted already today,” said Fowler.

To learn more about Solaris 11.1, read the press release




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