Tuesday Sep 24, 2013

Oracle and Microsoft: Partners in the Enterprise Cloud

Back in late June, Oracle and Microsoft announced a new partnership designed to help customers embrace cloud computing by providing greater choice and flexibility when deploying Oracle software. As an extension of its commitment to support multiple platforms, Oracle would certify and support Oracle applications, middleware, database, Java, and Oracle Linux on Windows Server Hyper-V and Windows Azure. Microsoft would offer Java, Oracle Database, and Oracle WebLogic Server to Windows Azure customers. Also, Oracle would offer Oracle Linux to Windows Azure customers. You can review all key elements of the partnership announcement by reading my blog post about it or the press release. Whether you’re in IT, a software industry analyst, or just a techie like me, you knew this was big news.

Now fast forward just a few short months and here comes more good news. Today at Oracle OpenWorld 2013, it was announced that Oracle software including Java, Oracle Database, and Oracle WebLogic Server is now available for preview in Windows Azure. During his partner keynote presentation, Brad Anderson, Microsoft’s Corporate VP of Cloud and Enterprise Engineering, discussed the benefits of being able to deploy and run Oracle’s mission critical software on a Microsoft-based public, private, or hybrid cloud. There was even a demo of how easy it was to deploy Oracle software using pre-configured images from the Windows Azure image gallery. The full list of available Oracle software images is available here

Microsoft's Brad Anderson

You can watch a live stream and on-demand replays of all the Oracle OpenWorld 2013 keynotes, including Brad Anderson's, at oracle.com/openworld/live. As news about the Oracle and Microsoft partnership continues to develop, check back here on the Oracle Cloud Solutions blog to keep up to date.

Announcing Oracle Database as a Service, Java as a Service, and Infrastructure as a Service

I’m sure most of you reading this blog are fully aware that we’re now firmly in the vortex of that juggernaut known as Oracle OpenWorld 2013 (#oow13). As is always the case, news of new products and services from Oracle and its partners is coming fast and furious. It’s enough to make your head spin! Forgive me for piling on, but during his Tuesday afternoon keynote address, Thomas Kurian announced several new additions to the Oracle Cloud service portfolio including Oracle Database as a Service (DBaaS), Java as a Service, and Oracle Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

Oracle DBaaS and Java as a Service are significant new services because for the first time, customers will have full administrative control over the Oracle Database and WebLogic Server in Oracle’s public cloud. Both services will also be offered with managed services options, making it easier than ever to develop and deploy applications in the cloud. The new IaaS offers an elastic compute service that's compatible with OpenStack Nova and provides virtual CPUs and elastic block storage for deploying your apps. Also being offered is a new object storage service that's compatible with OpenStack Swift for access to digital content over Java and REST APIs. Each of the new services are now in preview and like other Oracle Cloud services, will be subscription based.

For more details about the new Oracle Database as a Service, Java as a Service, and Infrastructure as a Service, read the press release or go to www.oracle.com/cloud.

Monday Jun 24, 2013

Oracle and Microsoft Expand Choice and Flexibility in Deploying Oracle Software in the Cloud

Oracle and Microsoft have entered into a new partnership that will help customers embrace cloud computing by providing greater choice and flexibility in how to deploy Oracle software. 

Here are the key elements of the partnership:

  • Effective today, our customers can run supported Oracle software on Windows Server Hyper-V and in Windows Azure
  • Effective today, Oracle provides license mobility for customers who want to run Oracle software on Windows Azure
  • Microsoft will add Infrastructure Services instances with popular configurations of Oracle software including Java, Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server to the Windows Azure image gallery
  • Microsoft will offer fully licensed and supported Java in Windows Azure
  • Oracle will offer Oracle Linux, with a variety of Oracle software, as preconfigured instances on Windows Azure

Oracle’s strategy and commitment is to support multiple platforms, and Microsoft Windows has long been an important supported platform.  Oracle is now extending that support to Windows Server Hyper-V and Window Azure by providing certification and support for Oracle applications, middleware, database, Java and Oracle Linux on Windows Server Hyper-V and Windows Azure. As of today, customers can deploy Oracle software on Microsoft private clouds and Windows Azure, as well as Oracle private and public clouds and other supported cloud environments.

For information related to software licensing in Windows Azure, see Licensing Oracle Software in the Cloud Computing Environment.

Also, Oracle Support policies as they apply to Oracle software running in Windows Azure or on Windows Server Hyper-V are covered in two My Oracle Support (MOS) notes which are shown below:

MOS Note 1563794.1 Certified Software on Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V - NEW

MOS Note 1563794.1

MOS Note 417770.1 Oracle Linux Support Policies for Virtualization and Emulation - UPDATED

MOS Note 417770.1

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Monday Jun 03, 2013

A Cloudy Webcast on the Horizon for Application Developers

I'm sure many of you who follow this blog have heard a lot about Oracle Cloud and may have even been able to attend one of our recent Oracle CloudWorld events. Chances are that you’ve heard a great deal about Oracle Cloud’s application services (SaaS) and the different lines of business (LOBs) that leverage them.  Let’s not forget that Oracle Cloud also offers platform as a service (PaaS) that enable developers to quickly and easily build new applications or custom extensions to Oracle Cloud’s SaaS applications. Oracle Cloud platform services are based on the world’s leading platform, open standards to prevent lock-in, and offer simple subscription pricing.

In our continuing efforts to spread the word to application developers that are keen to move their projects to the cloud, the Oracle Cloud team will be hosting a webcast series called Developing Applications in Oracle's Public Cloud. These LIVE webcasts will begin with quick overviews of our PaaS offerings, then spend most of the time on hands-on demonstrations of common tasks like building a simple app, loading data, and using the integrated tools. The first of two 2-part webcasts will focus on the Oracle Database Cloud Service and will be particularly interesting to developers familiar with Oracle Application Express. The second 2-part webcast is targeted at Java developers and will focus on the Oracle Java Cloud Service. I've listed the webcast series schedule below.

Each webcast will have LIVE Q&A so you’ll have an opportunity to ask the Oracle Cloud Product Managers any questions you have about these services. 

  • Developing Applications with the Oracle Database Cloud Service - Part 1 - June 18, 2013 at 9 a.m. PT
  • Developing Applications with the Oracle Database Cloud Service - Part 2 - June 20, 2013 at 9 a.m. PT
  • Improving Developer Productivity with Oracle Java Cloud Service and Cloud-Based IDE Plug-Ins - June 25, 2013 at 9 a.m. PT
  • Improving Developer Productivity with Oracle Java Cloud Service and Maven - June 27, 2013 at 9 a.m. PT
  • Click here to register for the webcasts today!

    Wednesday Feb 13, 2013

    Scenes From the First OTN Developer Day for Cloud Application Developers

    Yesterday we held our first OTN Developer Day for Cloud Application Developers and what a day it was.  It was standing room only as we had a packed room of developers at this free, live event at the Oracle Conference Center in Redwood Shores. The developers who attended yesterday's event got to hear and see firsthand how Oracle Cloud Platform Services make developing and deploying enterprise-grade business applications in the cloud faster and easier than ever before.

    The day included service overview presentations by Oracle Cloud product managers, but the bulk of the time was spent doing hands-on exercises with the Java Cloud Service and Database Cloud Service. All in all, it was a great event and we look forward to running more OTN Developer Days for Cloud Application Developers in the future. Stay tuned. In the meantime, here's a couple of pictures from the event...enjoy!

    The presentations from the event are all available for downloaded here. To learn more about Oracle Cloud, go to oracle.com/cloud. If you want to take Oracle Cloud Platform Services for a spin on your own, go to cloud.oracle.com and sign up for a 30-day free trial. 

    Thursday Oct 18, 2012

    Two Cloudy Observations from Oracle OpenWorld

    Now that the dust has settled from another amazing Oracle OpenWorld, I wanted to reflect back on a couple of key observations I made during the event.

    First, it was pretty clear that Cloud was again a big deal at this year's conference. It was hard to not notice that Oracle continues to be "all-in" with respect to cloud computing. Just to give you an idea of the emphasis on Cloud, there were over 300 Cloud-related sessions at this year's OpenWorld. If you caught some of the demo booths in the Oracle Red Lounge, then you saw some of the great platform, application, and social services that are now part of Oracle Cloud, as well as numerous demos of private cloud products that Oracle offers.

    Second, during Thomas Kurian's keynote presentation on Oracle Cloud, he announced the Preview Availability of a new service called Oracle Developer Cloud Service. This new platform service will provide developers with instant access to environments to better manage the application development lifecycle in the cloud. It provides development project teams access to favorite tools like Hudson, Git, Github, wikis, and tasks to help make innovation faster, more collaborative, and more effective. There's also integration with IDEs like Eclipse, NetBeans, and JDeveloper. If you're a developer, it's an awesome addition to Oracle Cloud's platform services!

    Want more details about Oracle Developer Cloud Service? Click here.

    Tuesday Oct 02, 2012

    Oracle Java Cloud Service - Platform as a Service for Your Java Applications

    Oracle Java Cloud Service is an enterprise grade Platform as a Service for developing, testing, and deploying business applications. For Java developers, Java Cloud Service provides the power, flexibility, and performance of a true Java EE container in the cloud.

    Java Cloud Service delivers one of the key advantages of the Java platform, the ability to “write once, run anywhere”. Because of the standards-based approach, there's no need to worry that applications you build and deploy are forever locked into the Oracle Cloud.  In fact, you can use Java Cloud Service just as you would an on-premise Java EE environment and deploy your Java applications on a Java Cloud Service instance as-is.

    Provisioning of Java Cloud Service instances is self-service and takes only minutes, making access to Java environments both quick and easy. Java Cloud Service instances are also automatically associated with Oracle Database Cloud Service instances, so there's no complex setup involved in order to get a complete application environment up and running.

    If you're attending Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco this week, I'm sure you've seen that there are many sessions covering Oracle Cloud services, including Java Cloud Service. Each session will provide a wealth of information, so I highly recommend you consult your conference schedule and try to check them out. In the meantime, here's a short video about Java Cloud Service. Enjoy!

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