7 October 2011 – By building its public cloud on Exadata and Exalogic appliances and implementing monthly subscription-based pricing, Oracle seeks to challenge Amazon and Rackspace.
“The Oracle cloud is a little different,” said Oracle CEO Larry Ellison in his announcement of the Oracle public cloud Wednesday during an afternoon address to the Oracle OpenWorld 2011 user conference in San Francisco. Built on appliances, Oracle’s offering is different from Amazon Web Services, Terremark, and Rackspace. The latter build clusters of uniform, x86 commodity servers in racks as opposed to groupings of highly engineered appliances. But Ellison’s primary point was that the Oracle cloud was “based on industry standards.”
By that, he meant primarily Java, a language based on an international standard. Oracle’s cloud runs any applications written in Java, whether those apps are custom enterprise versions or Oracle Fusion apps. Oracle’s Siebel, JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, and E-Business Suite applications have been rewritten in Java to form the new Fusion line.