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Day 1 | Cloud First—and Fast

Highlights: Oracle OpenWorld 2016

February 2017

Oracle Executive Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison shared his vision for the cloud during the opening keynote.

Fall 2016

With a strong emphasis on cloud, Oracle OpenWorld 2016 brought together top technologists and innovators to share their ideas about the future of technology. The conference hosted 60,000 attendees from 141 countries; offered 2,240 sessions; provided a speaking platform for more than 2,000 customers and partners; featured some 400 Oracle technology demos; and engaged more than 15 million followers, views, and interactions on social channels.

In his opening keynote at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, Oracle Executive Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison showcased innovations across Oracle’s cloud computing platform. Ellison underscored the fact that, a decade after the company started rewriting all its applications for the cloud, Oracle is now the fastest-growing large-scale cloud service provider. And the company continues to roll out a range of new products, build new second-generation cloud data centers, and take on new competitors. “We’re kind of an overnight success—if you call 10 years one night,” quipped Ellison during his address.

Day 1 | Cloud First—and Fast

Launch the Slideshow

Oracle’s all-in move to the cloud is pitting the company against new competitors, Ellison noted. In infrastructure, “first mover” Amazon Web Services (AWS) is clearly Oracle’s biggest cloud rival, Ellison said—though he emphasized that Oracle’s next generation of infrastructure services will deliver twice the compute power, twice the memory, four times the storage, and 10 times the input/output speeds as AWS. “Amazon is going to have serious competition going forward,” he said.

Among the major new products Ellison introduced during his keynote was Oracle Database 12c Release 2, the latest version of Oracle’s flagship database management system. As part of the company’s “cloud-first” strategy, Oracle Database 12c Release 2 is being released in Oracle Cloud.

It’s All About Infrastructure

That cloud-first imperative was echoed by Don Johnson, vice president of product development at Oracle, in a general session on how infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is the foundation of the modern cloud enterprise. Describing the move to cloud as a matter of “when, not whether,” he emphasized the need for Oracle to build the necessary infrastructure in order to be the cloud platform provider of choice for its customers.

Johnson’s team built the foundational pieces of Oracle’s IaaS solution with the goal of securely managing a large, complex cloud infrastructure deployment. For example, Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Service offerings, the first set of services to take advantage of this new infrastructure, are highly scalable public cloud services and include bare metal cloud servers—meaning they have no Oracle software running on them—in a fully virtualized network environment. The servers are under total customer control and, therefore, provide the best-possible cloud security available, said Johnson.

“Oracle has a clear mission and purpose, and we have a very forward-leaning, innovative approach to doing this,” he said. “We have the know-how and the skill set, and we’re coming in fast.”

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