Oracle and Cloud Computing: bluster v offerings
By vtatkar on Oct 23, 2009
We all know and have read that Oracle and particularly Larry and the Cloud Computing hype have been somewhat at odds. Some examples:
- Larry dismissing it as the latest fashion in an industry more fashion-driven than women's fashion.
- Redefining cloud computing to including everything that we (Oracle) already do.
- Dismissing it as vapor during a recent Churchill Club appearance.
Does this mean Oracle refuses to do Cloud Computing? Not at all. Follow the money trail instead. Google for Oracle+Cloud+Computing and you can see a very different picture. I was impressed by the prominent presence of On-Demand versions of all Oracle products at the OOW DEMOgrounds. Virtually, all products (at least ones I know about) had On-Demand versions on display. And talking to various product managers reinforced this feeling. Oracle may be influenced by Larry's disdain for the Cloud Hype and Hyperbole, but it is run by how much money is on the table. As it should be. And in this regard, it has plenty to offer. Consider these broad references:
- Oracle Cloud Computing Center and FAQ and wiki
- Architectural Strategies for Cloud Computing (PDF preso)
- Oracle's partnership with Amazon and presence on EC2
My conclusion: forget the hype and the bluster surrounding Larry and Cloud computing. Focus on where Oracle is delivering products, datacenter services and a very flexible set of offerings. My guess from reading Oracle's 10K is that it makes a ton of money (in the hundreds of millions of dollars) on it and expects this trend to grow. So, expect more from Oracle, not less, in this regard. The company knows there is plenty of money to be made by showing leadership in this domain and it isnt going to ignore such a juicy opportunity.