Oracle’s Ten Point Plan To Be #1 in the cloud

On Tuesday of this week, Forbes had a blog summarizing ten points for how Oracle claims they will be Number One in the cloud, surpassing competitors like Salesforce.com and Workday.

The piece was authored by Bob Evans, himself a direct report of Larry Ellison’s as well as a Forbes blogger.

Some thoughts:

Of course Oracle is right that cloud is the future and Larry is right to do a U-turn on his 2008 comments about the cloud “Maybe I’m an idiot, but I have no idea what anyone is talking about. What is it? It’s complete gibberish. It’s insane. When is this idiocy going to stop?”

Ellison and Mark Hurd, co-CEO at Oracle, are right about integration on the cloud too. Integration and simplification are high value. You have to laud them as these are not messages other vendors are really talking about, and more importantly, are making into real solutions. The exceptions that come to mind other than Oracle would be MuleSoft and NuoDB.

“Database level multi-tenancy” is a really big deal, and Oracle is right to tout this feature. Security is consistently found to be in the top three cloud concerns in market surveys. Multi-tenancy means that with a single install of the database software you can run any number of distinct databases serving distinct clients. Each database maintains its own physically separate archives and runs with its own set of security credentials.

Oracle is working hard on top-to-bottom stack strategy. If you are an Oracle database customer you need to decide; do you want:

a) Oracle running everything for you; or

b) to look for an alternative to Oracle at the database layer to avoid lock-in.

 But here’s the kicker for me: Oracle does not mention other very big deal issues for databases in the cloud:

a) On-demand capacity (elasticity);

b) Continuous availability - no planned or unplanned downtime;

c) Geo-distributed database operation;

d) Database automation with guaranteed SLAs.

These are all essential and in my experience, on-demand capacity is the absolute constant, number one topic I hear from customers and prospects in the DBMS market.

Food for thought.

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