Kurian Clarifies Cloud


By Monica Mehta. Reprinted from the Oracle OpenWorld Daily.

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Oracle's product offering for cloud computing throughout the entire application lifecycle was the subject of a keynote delivered by Oracle Executive Vice President Thomas Kurian on Tuesday morning.

"From a systems infrastructure point of view, cloud computing is about getting rid of the sprawl of machines and consolidating to a modern, virtualized, and highly performing datacenter," Kurian said. "From a software applications point of view, cloud is about providing software as a service, over the Web or a network."

Kurian showed how Oracle's products feature capabilities that manage each stage of the application lifecycle, from development and deployment to management and self-service administration.

Kurian highlighted Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-8, "the only system that's designed from a hardware perspective to run both OLTP and data warehousing." He also showed how the new Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, which enables world-class performance for Web and database applications, allows users to "run any application and get the benefits of easier management."

Throughout the keynote, Kurian also focused on specific capabilities that Oracle delivers in cloud computing environments--from managing systems and identities to enabling business users to modify applications and improve collaboration.

"Cloud presents a fundamental transformation of your datacenter architecture and a fundamental way to deliver SaaS," Kurian said. "Oracle offers both capabilities to you in our products--to allow you to do it yourself, or through a cloud services offering."

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