Kurian on the Cloud
By OTN ArchBeat on Sep 21, 2010
What is Cloud Computing? Thomas Kurian's Cloud Computing keynote on Tuesday at Oracle OpenWorld opened with a video montage of
man-on-the-street person-on-the-street interviews in which people - apparently people with some background in IT -- were asked to define Cloud Computing. As you might expect , the definitions reflected a variety of perceptions about what Cloud computing is, and what it means.
Kurian then quoted Gartner's definition, which describes Cloud as "a style of computing in which elastic and scalable information technology-enabled capabilities are delivered as a service."
Putting an even finer point on the matter, Kurian offered his own definition, describing Cloud Computing as "software delivered as a service as part of a modern, virtualized, highly performing data center."
The presentation then presented a series of video vignettes that illustrated the hazards of misperceptions, misplaced expectations, and poor planning with regard to Cloud Computing. Each vignette was answered with a product demonstration that illustrated different aspects of a Cloud architecture based on a foundation of Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud and Oracle Exadata, complemented by the capabilities of an array of Oracle Fusion Applications to turn otherwise complex security, business intelligence, business process management, and other other mission-critical operations into tasks easily handled by business users - without the need for IT intervention.
In the end, Kurian's presentation offered a promising vision of Cloud computing that reduces complexity and risk and provides organizations with an infrastructure than can "scale up and scale out," an infrastructure that provides business users with a do-it-yourself environment that reduces dependence on IT staff to make the critical adjustments necessary to keep the business agile and competitive.