OpenWorld 2011, Retail Perspective Part 2

For those that can't afford the capital investment, Oracle is offering its Exadata and Exalogic machines as part of the Oracle Public Cloud, as was announced at OpenWorld  Retailers can easily provision both database and middleware environments in which they can deploy their applications and pay a monthly fee.  Additionally, Oracle is offering its Fusion applications on the cloud.

What's unique here is the fact that Oracle is using the same technologies normally used on-premise.  This means that existing on-premise applications can be moved back and forth between the cloud and data center as appropriate.  So your next question must be, can I run my Oracle Retail applications on Oracle's cloud?

If all the requirements of the product are met, then it makes no difference whether you deploy on-premise or on the cloud.  If you're using the supported version of the operating system, database, and middleware then where the hardware is located should make no difference.  While we've not yet had the opportunity to test our products on the Oracle Public Cloud, we have tried them on Amazon's cloud without issue.

But do retail applications like merchandising and POS really belong on the cloud?  I'm not quite there yet -- I cling to the belief that core applications should be on-premise, but many non-core applications work just fine in the cloud.  We will get there eventually -- its really a matter of organizations catching up with the technology.

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