We had a twitter based chat with Rex Wang
, VP of Product Marketing , Oracle and executive producer of the Cloud Odyssey, a sci-fi movie by Oracle. In this chat, Rex answered questions about the objectives behind the movie, how movie is made, technologies covered in the Cloud Odyssey events etc. Here is the summary of the twitter based chat captured as Storify story : [Read More]
Cloud Odyssey: A Hero's Quest,
a sci-fi movie by Oracle is about the journey of a
crew of Earth’s top engineers to a mysterious cloud planet,Terranuvem . Learn more about the movie and how the hero's journey has
similarities with an enterprise's journey to private cloud by joining a twitter based chat on February 4th at 10AM pacific time with Rex Wang
, VP of Product Marketing , Oracle and executive producer of the sci-fi
movie. You can participate in the chat using hash tag #CloudOdyssey on
Twitter.com or by going to tweetchat.com/room/CloudOdyssey (Needs Twitter credential for participating). [Read More]
Oracle is proud to be the Platinum Sponsor at next week's Cloud Expo West in Santa Clara (Nov 4-7). This is the third consecutive year that Oracle has been sponsoring Cloud Expo and each year our involvement and presence at the conference has grown. This year, we have a great lineup of sessions which I've listed below. If you’re attending Cloud Expo West, we'd love to have you attend our sessions that will show our thought leadership and leading solutions in the cloud. You should also swing by Booth #130 to see some of our latest cloud offerings firsthand.
Monday, Nov 4
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Ten Myths of Cloud Computing - General Session
Monday, Nov 4
5:10 pm - 5:55 pm
Driving Recurring Revenue Streams Through Cloud Billing
Cloud Computing and Big Data
Monday, Nov 4
5:10 pm - 5:55 pm
An Introduction to Oracle's Cloud Application Marketplace
Great America Room J
Tuesday, Nov 5
6:25 pm - 7:05 pm
Delivering Database as a Service with Oracle Database 12c
Deploying the Cloud
Great America Room 2
Wednesday, Nov 6
5:35 pm - 6:20 pm
Accelerating Your Journey to Self-Service IT
Enterprise Cloud Computing
Thursday, Nov 7
1:35 pm - 2:20 pm
Oracle's Strategy for Public Cloud Platform and Infrastructure Services
Infrastructure Management | Virtualization
At Cloud Expo West, you'll get to learn about and experience the latest in Cloud and Big Data. If you're in Silicon Valley or the Bay Area and don't have a pass to Cloud Expo, no problem. Oracle is giving away FREE VIP Gold Passes! We would love to have you be our VIP guest. Just go to Oracle's Cloud Expo 2013 event registration page and follow the instructions to get your complimentary pass.
Stay tuned to this blog and follow us on Twitter (@OracleCloudZone) during and after Cloud Expo for more of our insight and observations about this year's conference.
State of Texas moved to private cloud infrastructure and delivering Infrastructure as a Service , Database as a Service and other Platform as a Service offerings to their 28 state agencies. Todd Kimbriel, Director of eGovernment Division at State of Texas attended Oracle Open World and talked with Oracle's John Foley about their private cloud services offering.
Later, Todd participated in the keynote panel of Database as a Service Online Forum> along with Carl Olofson,IDC analyst , Juan Loaiza,SVP Oracle and couple of other Oracle customers. He discussed the IT challenges of government organizations like state of Texas and the benefits of transitioning to Private cloud including database as a service .
At the Oracle Open World 2013, I was really pleased to see many Oracle customers sharing their story of accelerating their journey to Self-Service IT or private cloud leveraging the technology solutions from Oracle and partners.
The Oracle Enterprise Manager General session at Oracle Open World 2013 highlighted the efforts of everyday heroes who are driving their
IT organizations’ journeys to a more efficient and agile IT. These heroes - 5 Oracle ACEs and 2 other enterprise Manager customers , shared their experiences in deploying and managing
large-footprint Oracle stack environments encompassing Oracle
Applications, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Database, and Oracle
The general session also covered Oracle Enterprise Manager’s
own journey as a product in this context and also gave a sneak preview
of what’s to come.
Many other customers, for example, Bank of America, Norwey's NAV, Mercy Hospital shared their experience during their journey to private cloud and offering Database as a Service or Middleware as a Service via a self-service portal.
Many partners showcased their private cloud solutions and announced new products at Oracle Open World. Dell announced integration of their Open Manage solution with Oracle Enterprise Manager during Michael Dell's keynote.
Another key highlight for me was the sessions from Oracle user group members on Sunday, September 22nd. Attendance, engagement and interaction during these sessions were really amazing.
If you missed these sessions, want to review what you learned, or spread
the knowledge to others, now you can download most of the sessions
presented at Oracle OpenWorld. There are two ways to access the sessions for download (or online review):
As another Oracle OpenWorld winds down, I’d like to reflect on some news at this year’s conference that was particularly interesting. If you read my blog post on Tuesday, you already saw the announcement about the new Oracle Cloud Database as a Service (DBaaS), WebLogic as a Service, and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings that will expand the Oracle Cloud portfolio. I’d like to drill down a bit on IaaS in particular. This morning, I attended Chris Pinkham’s (SVP of Development, Oracle Cloud) general session which focused on the topic. Some of you may recognize Chris not only as one of the co-founders of Nibula, a cloud infrastructure management company acquired by Oracle earlier this year, but also as one of original creators of the Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). Clearly, Chris has not changed his penchant for innovation because he’s leading the charge to bring enterprise IaaS to the Oracle Cloud.
During his session, Chris shared some details about the new general purpose compute and storage services in the Oracle Cloud. Named the Oracle Compute Cloud and the Oracle Object Storage Cloud, both will scale elastically and support any type of workload. Because both services are general purpose, they’ll provide customers with a lot of flexibility and administrative control over the apps they deploy in the cloud. The Oracle Compute Cloud is compatible with OpenStack Nova and provides virtual CPUs that make deploying applications fast and easy. It comes with built-in elastic block storage in the form of direct attached, network attached, or DBMS-backed storage that’s persistent and portable between other services within the Oracle Cloud. The Oracle Object Storage Cloud also scales elastically and is compatible for OpenStack Swift to support Java and REST APIs.
Chris was joined on stage by Chris Brown (CTO, OPSCODE) who demo’d an integration between Oracle Cloud and Chef, an open source systems and cloud infrastructure automation framework. That was followed by a demo of a Ruby on Rails app running on the Oracle Cloud by Rob Walters (CTO of Engine Yard). It was very cool to see the openness and flexibility of the Oracle Cloud to support such interoperability and diverse workloads.
I know there’s a lot more to come in the Oracle Cloud and that what we’re seeing now is just the beginning of the exciting new capabilities that are on the way. Stay tuned to this blog and like us on Facebook to keep up to date.
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.
America’s Cup is upon us! And America’s Cup means Oracle extreme performance on the water. Did you know you can get Oracle extreme performance in the cloud? You can run your Oracle applications on Oracle Engineered Systems in Oracle’s Managed Cloud.
Consider these extreme stats that Oracle application owners are getting from running Oracle Engineered Systems in the cloud:
• Optimize performance with 200,000-plus Oracle Financials transactions per hour— with 80 percent capacity to spare • Increase performance with Oracle PeopleSoft Payroll processing in half the time • Boost productivity with up to 11x faster HR self-service response times with 4000 concurrent users • Lower TCO by 2x over IBM Power 780 systems and HP Superdome 2
Watch this video! See how Oracle Team USA uses extreme technology to get extreme performance on the water…
Cloud is changing the way we all do business- and we all know it is here to stay. But, what about the "issues" that linger around cloud? Security is the first one that comes to mind. Security is considered the number one inhibitor for organizations who are considering moving their business critical applications to a cloud based environment.
So, cloud is here to stay and security is a concern.. How do we get beyond the fear?
The first step is: When evaluating a cloud solution, one of the first things to consider is the security “readiness” and qualifications of the potential cloud provider.
Some questions to ask are: -What are your organization’s needs when it comes to security? Maybe you are in a highly regulated industry or in a country where you need to ensure your company adheres to specific regulations.
-What are your specific business and regulatory requirements for the data that you are looking to move to the cloud?
- Lastly, make a checklist of questions to ask your provider.
To get ideas on the questions to ask check out this new Quinstreet executive brief that highlights “The top 5 things you should ask your potential cloud provider when it comes to security”.
This is the second in a series of posts on the value of leveraging social data across your enterprise, from Oracle Social VP Product Development Don Springer
this post, I will cover more advanced “next” steps in how to leverage
social data within your enterprise’s Big Data Analytics, Business
Intelligence and Customer Experience Management deployed applications
and systems. This is a follow-up to a post I wrote in April around the first step in implementing a Social CRM approach and the value for your enterprise specific social data.
As in years past, Oracle is a proud sponsor at this year’s Cloud Expo at the Javits Center in New York, NY (June 10-13). If you’ll be attending Cloud Expo New York, we'd love to see you at each of our sessions on this year's conference schedule. Here’s a sneak peak at our lineup of sessions and links to get more session information:
Cloud Expo New York is sure to be a great event where you'll get a lot of the latest information on cloud computing and Big Data. However, come to our sessions and you'll learn about what sets Oracle Cloud Solutions apart from the competition and why Oracle is a recognized leader in both cloud computing and Big Data. While you're at it, don't forget to visit Oracle Cloud Solutions at Booth #411 on the Expo Floor to see live product demos and talk to Oracle experts.
By the way, if you're in the New York City metro area and don't have a pass to Cloud Expo, Oracle is giving away FREE VIP Gold Passes! Oracle Cloud Solutions is a Platinum Sponsor at Cloud Expo and would love to have you be our VIP guest. Just follow these instructions to get your VIP pass:
VIP Gold Pass Registration Instructions:
Go to our special registration page: https://www.blueskyz.com/v3/Login.aspx?ClientID=19&EventID=70
Fill out the Attendee Information form
Select the VIP Gold Pass Registration Option
Enter the Discount Code: oracleVIPgold
Viola! The price will re-set from $2,000 to $0!
Though VIP Gold registration does not – understandably since it is free – include lunch, Cloud Computing Bootcamp, Cloud Essentials or the collectible conference bag – it does give you full conference access for all four days. Choose from over 150 breakout sessions, general sessions, industry keynotes and “Power Panels” in addition to the Expo Floor.
Stay tuned to this blog during and after Cloud Expo for more of our insight and observations about this year's conference.
What makes a cloud hero a “hero”?The first words that come to mind are
innovation and achievement. Innovation by
definition means “a new method, idea or product”. In the technology world it
can mean this among many other things like implementing new ideas that can help
you achieve business value or thinking “outside the box” when delivering exceptional
service to your customers.In this next
cloud hero’s case, both happen to be true.
Toshiba America Nuclear Energy Corporation (TANE) is the
North American representative for Toshiba's global nuclear energy business.
Established in 2008, TANE operates to provide North American customers with
Toshiba's nuclear expertise gained from 50+ years engineering, constructing and
operating nuclear power plants. TANE's mission is to provide advanced nuclear
power plant technologies & services intended to ensure or improve safe,
economical & reliable operations to these customers.
Being in the nuclear industry, disaster recovery and security are critical to the core of TANE's business. With mission critical
applications running in the cloud, TANE needed to ensure that the cloud
provider’s security strategy would meet their vigorous requirements.
Managed Cloud Services had the answer. Oracle
Managed Cloud Services provides it customers with the global scale and
expertise that they need. Worldwide data centers, over 15,000 dedicated
security service professionals and a defense in depth approach to security –are just a few of the many security features customers can expect. In addition,
Oracle Managed Cloud Services adheres to all industry and global security and compliance
standards. Another key point for Toshiba- who was challenged with being
compliant with security regulations in their industry as well as local data
security policies in Japan.
On March 3, 2011, a shocking surprise shook TANE and
millions of Japanese residents to their core. The ensuing earthquake and tsunami
had a profound impact on not only the Japanese people but on TANE specifically.
Due to the earthquake’s timing (only two months prior to their implementation),
TANE lost 80% or more of their resources. Oracle was able to step up and
provide them the dedicated staff and resources they needed to ensure that they would
be up and running within their tight project timeline of several months. Oracle
Managed Cloud Services was able to get them up and running with their first
Oracle JD Edwards instance in just 3 weeks.
Check out this video and learn how this Cloud Hero saved
more than just their IT department.
Who is your cloud hero? Tweet us @OracleCloudZone and don't forget to use hashtag #cloudheroes.
To learn more about Oracle Managed Cloud Services, click here
are no short cuts, no “let's try this and see what happens” when
it comes to successfully implementing the cloud.
research from Oracle found more
than half (54 percent) of businesses included in the global survey
admitted that their companies have experienced downtime over the
last six months due to cloud application integration problems.
It seems that rather than busting down the computing and business
process silos, companies are just moving the same problems to the
the report here... or read
this article in ZD Net outlining the implications.
Oracle's Cloud Heroes. Here are 3 examples of companies doing the cloud "right". Just 3 because it's the weekend, and you're looking
for a quick read.
Wade, Customer Experience Director, for the BT ID Customer Experience
Team says, “By consolidating many disparate systems and
standardizing onto a single financial management platform, hosted by
Oracle On Demand, we have greatly improved transparency, efficiency
and control throughout our business operations.” Read
# 2 AutoTrader.com
Clement, CFO for AutoTrader, discusses the transformative effect of
cloud computing and how AutoTrader runs
a top-notch HR department through its use of Oracle Fusion HCM and
Taleo in the Oracle Cloud. Here's
an excellent video interview.
attracts and retains exceptional staff by using Oracle
Taleo Enterprise, Oracle Taleo
Client Connect, Oracle Taleo Assessment to deliver
faster recruiting topped with cost savings
and process improvements. Read
to transform your business with Oracle Cloud? Check out the FREE
services on cloud.oracle.com.
CIO Insights Part Two - Oracle’s Mark Sunday, Gail Coury, and Deloitte’s
Irfan Saif, discuss hybrid cloud security, availability, back up, and
the infamous topic of cloud silos. Check out part two of the series here:
The IOUG Cloud
Computing Special Interest Group (SIG) represents the voice of the independent
Oracle professional on matters related to Oracle-centric Cloud
Computing. The SIG board consists of world-renowned veteran experts that,
have have come up with an ensemble of first-rate sessions at COLLABORATE 2013
related to Oracle Cloud Computing.The Cloud track at COLLABORATE 2013 is a great
opportunity for the Oracle professional to rub shoulders and learn from some of
the best in the industry about cutting-edge technology, prevalent trends, best
practices and a whole lot more about Oracle Cloud Computing solution.
The IOUG Cloud Computing SIG presents an impressive line-up of cloud sessions at Collaborate 2013. Here is a summary of cloud sessions :-