From the Editor

Commitment to the Cloud

Cloud is the word at Oracle OpenWorld—and Oracle.

By Tom Haunert

November/December 2012

I didn’t count the number of conversations I had or heard that included the word, but I’m quite comfortable saying that cloud was the word of the week at Oracle’s conferences and events in San Francisco, California, September 29 through October 5, 2012. There were announcements focused explicitly on Oracle cloud technologies and solutions, but cloud was also a big part of every Oracle product, technology, and service announcement and discussion.

Cloud Checklist

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison’s Sunday keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2012 was about cloud computing, including the history of cloud computing going back to NetSuite in 1998 and the beginnings of Oracle Fusion Applications development in 2004. Ellison discussed public and private clouds, the levels of cloud services—software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and infrastructure as a service (IaaS)—and their key components, and Oracle’s latest offerings in each of these service areas.

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Ellison talked about Oracle technologies designed specifically for better cloud computing, from infrastructure and private cloud services to database multitenancy and engineered systems. He also unveiled the latest Oracle engineered systems releases and discussed their infrastructure and platform support for cloud computing.

Oracle’s Exadata Database Machine X3-2 and Exadata Database Machine X3-8 are the latest Oracle Exadata engineered systems, featuring increased flash memory—to 22 TB—and support for write I/Os in Exadata Smart Flash Cache. Exalogic Elastic Cloud X3-2 is the latest Oracle Exalogic engineered system; it features updated hardware and uses the Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software 2.0 release. (See “Built for Speed” and “Optimized Application Performance” for more information.)

Oracle also announced seven Oracle Cloud preview services, including Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service, Oracle Financial Reporting Cloud Service, Oracle Data and Insight Cloud Service, Oracle Social Sites Cloud Service, Oracle Developer Cloud Service, Oracle Storage Cloud Service, and Oracle Messaging Cloud Service. (See “Oracle Expands Cloud Services Portfolio” for more information.)

Cloud Challenges and Solutions

While gathering content for this issue of Oracle Magazine, I ran across the following phrase in descriptions of cloud computing news at Oracle OpenWorld: “the varied and unpredictable workloads of cloud computing.” It looked like a problem statement, but there was no solution with it—at least, not in the first text I saw.

But when I located the phrase in the Oracle press release where it originated, it turns out that the cloud problem statement had a very clear and specific solution: Oracle’s new Oracle Exadata X3 engineered systems, the press release said, “. . . can store up to hundreds of terabytes of compressed user data in flash and RAM memory, virtually eliminating the performance overhead of reads and writes to slow disk drives, making Exadata X3 systems the ideal database platforms for the varied and unpredictable workloads of cloud computing.”

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