Oracle OpenWorld: Cloudy with a 100% Chance of Sun

Oracle OpenWorld 2010 opened last night to great fanfare and
excitement.  Leading off the keynote talks were HP's Ann Livermore
and Dave Donatelli.  If the audience was expecting any reference
to recent HP/Oracle disagreements, they didn't get much.  Livermore
reminded everyone how large the joint customer base is:  140,000
customers representing nearly 1 million end users of Oracle software
on HP hardware, and 40% of Oracle licenses. Donatelli several times,
however, emphasized that HP is the "only company with it all...hardware,
software, services, management".  Hmmm...what about Oracle now?  But he
did highlight some interesting technologies, such as HP's Blade System
Matrix Backbone for Cloud
.  Nigel Cook gave a demo of creating and
provisioning "Private Cloud Maps" using a drag-and-drop interface to
deploy Oracle software on HP servers.

Larry Ellison was the main keynoter, and he spoke the words "cloud computing"
without his earlier dismissive comments, although he did remind the
audience that cloud (distributed computing) technologies have been around
for decades and are being "reborn and rebranded".  He pointed out that
a Web-based application like SalesForce.com is not really a cloud by
his definition, asserting that Amazon's EC2, with its virtualization,
elasticity, and PaaS model agrees with his view of what cloud computing
really is.  He then highlighted Oracle's newly announced ExaLogic Elastic
Compute Cloud
, a "Cloud in a Box", providing highly scalable virtualized
Linux and Solaris operating environments atop an optimized Oracle Virtual
Machine
hypervisor, supporting extremely scalable Web middleware, all
running on Sun/Oracle servers.

No JavaOne/OpenWorld conference would be complete without a variety of
celebrities and entertainers. This week-long event, with 41,000+
attendees, will also feature Apollo Ono, Lance Armstrong, the Black
Eyed Peas, Montgomery Gentry, and the Steve Miller Band.

Check back to this blog later this week for more news about Oracle in the Cloud.
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The purpose of this blog is to highlight and to explore general issues around "Cloud Computing" -- its benefits, risks, and component technologies -- and how they are evolving. I'll also periodically comment (of course!) on Oracle's Cloud Computing capabilities, resources, and cloud-related events. -- Harry J Foxwell, PhD, Principal Consultant for Cloud Computing, Oracle Public Sector HW

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