October 7, 2011 – The centerpiece of its growing cloud strategy, Oracle hyped the range of solutions and flexibility of its new public cloud offering, which CEO Larry Ellison called “a little different.”

The Oracle Public Cloud runs on Oracle Engineered Systems and comes with a host of connections and capabilities for other vendor solutions, applications and databases, according to a news release. The public cloud enables business applications to run on-premise and in the virtual environment simultaneously, and deployment of Java and Oracle Database applications without the need for rewrites. Pricing is based on a monthly subscription model, with independent availability for cloud services, such as resource management and isolation, security, data exchange and integration, and virus scanning.

The public cloud rollout came among other cloud releases and announcements from Oracle during its OpenWorld conference this week. Oracle VP of product marketing Robert Shimp called the public cloud a “huge milestone” and something that was years in the making. In a statement with the release, Ellison highlighted the emphasis on industry standards and interoperability as a differentiating factor.

Dick Csaplar, senior research analyst on virtualization and storage for research firm Aberdeen, says it was intriguing that Ellison used the term “little” in reference to how different Oracle’s cloud is from its competitors. More than that, Csaplar says that Oracle’s success on this cloud announcement will simply come down to dollars and cents.

“The only way that basing a cloud platform on Exadata or Exalogic matters to the end users is if managing the Oracle infrastructure is so much easier that Oracle can charge less for their cloud services. Otherwise, cloud customers don’t care what the platform is,” Csaplar says.

For a video recap of Oracle’s cloud strategy announcements, click here. For reviews of OpenWorld analytics and Fusion Apps, click here. For more on its BI announcements from OpenWorld, click here.

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