October 3, 2012 - In a follow up to CEO Larry Ellison’s opening keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2012, EVP of Product Development Thomas Kurian took the company’s cloud message public on Tuesday to tout hosted services for Oracle infrastructure and software.

“Sunday night Larry Ellison talked about what Oracle is doing to enable cloud computing to run within your data center,” said Kurian. “Today I want to talk about how Oracle is bringing our software to you through the Oracle public cloud.”

Just a few years ago, when Ellison and Oracle were dismissive of cloud computing, the enterprise software market had yet to absorb the onset of commodity hardware and virtualization. Now Oracle and its competitors have no choice but to answer those trends.

But unlike the computing model embraced by Amazon or Google based on commodity hardware, Oracle’s hosted storage and computing are built on dedicated technology stacks, namely Oracle Exadata and Exalogic.

Regardless of platform, cloud infrastructure is now roundly endorsed by enterprise vendors as a robust and flexible alternative for computing and storage, as Kurian affirmed.  “Our mission is very simple, to bring Oracle’s leading enterprise technology, our database and our middleware and our business applications to any customer, any user, any partner anywhere in the world through the Internet browser,” Kurian said. In Oracle’s view, public cloud is more attractive when built on common infrastructure and services with Oracle’s database and middleware riding on top.

Oracle’s public cloud vision includes centralized user identity management, caching for improved performance, message queueing and notifications to send and receive, email and SMS. It includes WebLogic Server and middleware components, but online.

“All of our components … are built on the same standards and are the exact same products you use on your premise today except now they are available at the end of a browser and provisioned automatically,” Kurian said.

Platform services include the Oracle database, Oracle WebLogic for Java Enterprise Edition. Updates include a platform where teams of developers can collaborate to build applications; a mobile service to build apps for tablets and smart phones; collaboration for sharing documents and online Web spaces; analytics to build data marts and reports using Oracle Business Intelligence in the cloud; and a new opportunity for partners and developers building applications to reach Oracle cloud customers through an application store.

Three new services, for flexible object storage, for developer teams building cloud apps and for message queueing are available in preview. Two new services, for collaboration and analytics, will be available for preview by the end of the year. 

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