Kilroy and Kurian

Showcasing the Potential of Data Footprints and Cloud Computing

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After an introduction by Oracle President Mark Hurd, Thomas Kilroy, senior vice president and general manager of Intel, kicked off Tuesday's keynote with The Data Footprint, an engaging look into the innovative ways data is generated and used by people and businesses.

Thanks to the explosive popularity of social networks, video, and new technologies, "we are now living a connected life," Kilroy said. The challenge, however, is how to use all this data to create new, more enriching experiences that benefit everyone.

Kilroy said that the handling of data has to be "intelligent," "manageable," and "personalized," and he then shared videos that demonstrated how to seamlessly interact with data throughout our personal and professional lives. He also showcased three companies--Thomson Reuters, Cerner, and Sunglass Hut--that are transforming the way data is used today with the help of Oracle and Intel.

Oracle Executive Vice President, Product Development Thomas Kurian then took the stage to discuss Oracle and Cloud Computing.

Opening with a recap of the new Oracle product releases and introductions including Oracle Fusion Applications, Kurian said, "...we are focused across the entire suite of products on delivering software capabilities to enable cloud computing."

Kurian elaborated on cloud computing from Oracle's perspective and shared a video series that demonstrated the typical issues a company faces when transitioning its network to the cloud. We followed the trials of Fashion Forward, a fictional high-end retailer, through the different IT challenges involved in moving to cloud computing.

The main challenges included:

1) Creating a virtual datacenter architecture that's simplified, standardized, and consolidated
2) Managing your cloud datacenter from applications to disk
3) Keeping your cloud data secure
4) Helping application users change the way applications work over the network

Kurian and other Oracle executives gave demos on how Oracle products--from Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic to Oracle's firewall and identity management solutions--could easily help companies make the transition to the cloud.

Lastly, Kurian introduced Oracle Senior Vice President Joanne Olsen who reviewed the qualities that make Oracle's cloud computing unique and provided an overview of Oracle cloud services.

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