Posts Tagged ‘public cloud’

How Oracle’s Public Cloud Is Different

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.

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Behind the Oracle-Salesforce Cloud Brawl

7 October 2011 – Earlier this week, Oracle’s chief executive Larry Ellison went to greater pains than usual to beat up on the competition. Considering the stakes, it was worth it to him.

Speaking at a trade show with 45,000 registered visitors, Ellison announced his company’s formal entry into the business of selling software via a “public cloud.” The cloud is a huge conglomeration of computer technologies. Clouds, and all that they imply for business and society, are the biggest thing going in tech today, promising billions of people access to nearly limitless amounts of computing, data storage, and communications. With that in mind, Oracle’s entry into the market comes as no surprise.

But what Ellison kicked off, and which competitors he kicked from the stage, says a lot about how this multibillion-dollar cloud business infrastructure build out will proceed. It says as much about the millions of marketing dollars about to be spent by the side pushing for tightly-integrated systems of hardware and software and those on the other side hoping for a world with lots of diverse technologies … Read more

Oracle announces move into infrastructure as a service

6 October 2011 – Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said Oracle data centers will soon provide infrastructure as a service (IaaS) for customers who wish to develop Java applications or deploy the new Oracle Fusion applications in a public cloud setting.

It was the final step of a 180-dgree turnaround in which Ellison has distanced himself from previous statements that supporters of the cloud were “idiotic” and the cloud was nothing but “water vapor” or a confused renaming of the Internet. As it turns out, the cloud is something that Oracle wants to sell. And it came on the next to last day of the 2011 Oracle OpenWorld Conference in San Francisco, a show that has been heavily dominated by Oracle’s discussion of its latest hardware appliances for on-premises computing.

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Oracle Executives to Outline Oracle’s Comprehensive Cloud Strategy

3 October 2011 – On Thursday, October 6, 2011, during Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle senior executives will outline Oracle’s comprehensive cloud strategy and roadmap. The Oracle Powers the Cloud event includes more than 25 cloud sessions, 15 cloud demos and an Executive keynote address. Executives will discuss how Oracle offers the broadest, most complete integrated offerings for enterprise cloud computing. Oracle provides a comprehensive strategy that includes both private and public clouds, and all cloud layers — software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

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A primer on cloud computing terms

2 October 2011 – The U.S. government’s National Institute of Standards and Technology is providing some guidance on how to define cloud computing and related terms in a new special publication. Currently in draft form, the NIST Definition of Cloud Computing is based on NIST-sponsored workshops and public comments. The single definition helps ensure that government workers, industry, and other groups are on the same page when talking about cloud computing.

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Five Myths of Cloud Computing

26 August 2011 – In recent years, cloud computing has been as visible as any topic in IT. Its front-page news status has been accelerated by Amazon,, Yahoo, and Microsoft®, among other firms, aggressively vying for leadership in providing cloud infrastructure or services. However, this race for mindshare has obscured cloud computing facts. Many admit to the haze surrounding cloud computing.

This white paper separates fact from fiction, reality from myth, and, in doing so, will aid senior IT executives as they make decisions around cloud computing. While dispelling cloud computing myths, we will answer tough questions: How hard is it to adopt a private or hybrid cloud? How difficult is it to maintain and secure a cloud? How will the cloud transform my business? Do I have the right skill sets in place? What are some of my cost considerations? HP and Intel are committing extensive resources to helping customers with all of their questions and concerns around cloud computing.

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Cloud computing — more philosophy than technology

23 August 2011 – The term “cloud computing” started out as pure marketing and has now found its way into just about every conversation about technology that we have these days. However, before we can start talking about cloud we have to define it.

First, cloud computing at its core is really more of a philosophy than a technology…

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Microsoft to Co-develop Cloud Products With Chinese OS Firm

23 August 2011 – Microsoft said on Tuesday it will work with a Chinese operating system developer to create cloud computing products for the country’s market, a move that could help the U.S. company sell to China’s government agencies.

China Standard Software, Microsoft’s Chinese partner, has co-developed a Linux operating system with a defense lab, China’s National University of Defense Technology, and the operating system, called “NeoKylin”, has been approved by a number of government ministries.

NeoKylin is meant for use by government offices, national defense, energy and other sectors of the Chinese economy, and aims to reduce China’s dependence on imported operating systems.

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Understanding the differences between public and private cloud computing

1 August 2011 – It’s no secret that cloud computing has been a misunderstood victim of marketing hype. But regardless of how you define the technologies, it’s clear that both private and public cloud computing is slowly being adopted among modern businesses. According to a recent TechTarget survey, over 15% of more than 1,000 IT respondents indicated that they have implemented some type of cloud, while almost 17% expect to implement some type of cloud computing over the next 12 months.

Private cloud computing shifts the emphasis to computing-on-demand. This generally changes the way that data center hardware is used and shifts the way that departments or stakeholders pay for those computing resources. There are many reasons for organizations to select private clouds. Cost is always an obvious issue, but it’s not necessarily the principal motivator. Organizations that opt for private clouds are usually most concerned with preserving their investment in their existing infrastructures. This was the reason cited by more than 35% of TechTarget survey respondents, and it makes sense for businesses that have already spent significant capital to … Read more

Getting control of the cloud with infrastructure as a service

25 July 2011 – The argument of private cloud versus public cloud is frequently debated in the tech world, especially as demand for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) continues to grow. Like other cloud technology, IaaS allows companies to set up computer systems without the typical upfront costs.

A recent blog post by Hexagrid Computing Vice President of Technology Operations David Rokita asserts that, while no single product fits all needs, being educated significantly increases one’s ability to navigate this complicated market. He also contends that the private cloud should operate much in the same way as the public cloud, citing a recent Forrester report – “Private Cloud Solutions” – which considers the core IaaS functions: self-service, standardization, automation and pay-per-use.

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