Oracle details its public and private cloud infrastructure plans

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison revealed the company's plans for a public and private cloud infrastructure during his OpenWorld keynote.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Larry Ellison took to the stage at the annual Oracle OpenWorld conference Sunday night and gave the audience a condensed history of cloud computing. He then aimed to make a little of his own, announcing that Oracle is now in the cloud infrastructure business, both public and private.

“Our customers who are running our SaaS applications and our customers running our platform services have said in addition to those two things they need to run certain kinds of custom applications and move their existing applications to the cloud as well,” Ellison said.

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“With today’s announcement Oracle is committed to delivering services at all three levels of the cloud – SaaS, PaaS and infrastructure.”

The Oracle cloud infrastructure includes the company’s operating system, virtual machines, storage services, database, middleware, Exalytics and Exadata all linked together with an InfiniBand network. It supports Fusion apps, e-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, Siebel and other Oracle application offerings as well as providing infrastructure for existing enterprise applications and the development of new ones.

 “Basically, Oracle is coming back and saying the way they are designing the cloud is a different way of designing the cloud,” said R. “Ray” Wang, CEO and principal analyst with Constellation Research. “We can deliver an integrated cloud experience better than anybody, because we are engineering from the ground up.”

With today’s announcement Oracle is committed to delivering services at all three levels of the cloud – SaaS, PaaS and infrastructure.

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison

Oracle’s private cloud has the same features as the public cloud, running behind an enterprise firewall. Ellison made a clear pitch to users stymied by compliance that this was the offering for them. He hypothesized other private use cases, such as testing and disaster recovery. Wang noted that Oracle has recently won deals over Workday and Salesforce.com because certain companies are unable to move to public cloud.

“A lot of companies by nature do not want to be in the public cloud,” he said.

The Oracle public and private clouds are architected so that users can move applications across them seamlessly. Ellison’s speech did not focus heavily on the hybrid cloud approach, but he frequently noted the ease in which Oracle public and private cloud could be used together.

Ellison said the move into infrastructure completes the Oracle cloud offering, which previously existed as Software as a Service with Fusion apps and other applications, and Platform as a Service with Java in the cloud.

Joe Imbimbo, a database administrator with PPG Industries and long-time user of Oracle products, was impressed with what Ellison had to offer.

“Oracle is amazing,” he said. “I started out with Oracle software when all they had was a database.”

He joked that his company moving to the cloud would probably put him out of a job, but said he doesn’t expect it to happen. Some aspects of the technology still need to be proven to him.

“I’m not worried about it because we’ll never do it,” he said. “It puts too many eggs in one basket is what I say.”

Ellison did not reveal any pricing model for public or private cloud. Numerous requests have been made leading up to the conference, but so far Oracle has been silent. In the past Oracle had said cloud would be a paid for via monthly subscription, but he hinted during the keynote that it could become more granular.

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