We're two days into Oracle OpenWorld '08, and this is my first valid opportunity to post a blog about anything (while being half conscious anyway). Fortunately, I have a great subject.
Today, Oracle announced that it will certify/support deployments of Oracle Database (all editions), Oracle Enterprise Linux, Oracle Enterprise Manager, and Oracle Fusion Middleware to Amazon Web Services' (AWS) Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). In fact you may transfer your existing licenses to AWS if you like.
Oracle is also providing free Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) in that environment, so you can get up and running on a full Oracle-on-EC2 environment in minutes. So if you're a developer or enthusiast who is averse to procuring and provisioning hardware and doing installs (and who isn't?), you're very happy right now.
Oracle has also introduced an Oracle Secure Backup Cloud module, which enables the use of Oracle Secure Backup for database backup to Amazon's Simple Site Storage (S3) service - which is of course ideal for EC2-based database deployments, but also useful for traditional deployments. (Your existing scripts will run fine with no modifications.) A reporting portal is also available.
This is a pretty big deal for people interested in learning about Oracle who want a super-low barrier to entry. But for enterprises who have shied away from the cloud or utility-based computing, this new deployment option is similarly attractive. I spoke with Senior Director of Product Management Sushil Kumar about this earlier today for podcast purposes. (See also the AWS blog's own views on the subject.
The new Cloud Computing Center on the OTN Website has more info.