Oracle will roll out cloudy services next week – Ellison
Larry says he likes the cloud now
Oracle is planning to launch a new suite of cloud software products and services in the first week of June, billionaire chief exec Larry Ellison said.
"We’re announcing the general availability of the Oracle Cloud: Platform as a Service, Database Service, Java Service and a bunch of applications," Ellison said during an onstage interview at an All Things D conference (transcript here). "[It will be a] complex ERP and HR suite in the cloud – all running on Oracle hardware, and running in their own virtual machine."
That virtual machine bit is a bit of a dig at Salesforce.com, which runs a system where customers are on the same VM, instead of having their very own piece of cloud.
"When you're a multi-tenant customer, you get the new upgrade when the vendor tells you. When you run your own VM, you have more control," Ellison said.
Despite, or maybe because of, the fact that Ellison was an early investor in Salesforce.com, the firms' personality-heavy chiefs often clash. Most recently, the two had a little spat over Oracle cancelling Marc Benioff's slot at the OpenWorld conference and giving him a less than desirable time slot on the last day instead.
Oracle claimed it was a scheduling necessity, but Benioff took to Twitter to retweet criticisms of Ellison's keynote at the conference and tell attendees to come hear him speak at the hotel across the road from the conference.
Some may have thought that Oracle would never go into the cloud, particularly since Ellison once called the concept "complete gibberish", but he now says that it was the terminology he had objected to.
Ellison said that moving complex networks off desktops has been "recast" as cloud computing, which he argues was around already.
"I objected to people saying, "Oh my God, I just invented cloud computing," he said, adding that he now thinks it's "a charismatic brand".
Ellison is expected to provide more details of his cloudy offerings at an event for customers and analysts at Oracle's Redwood HQ on 6 June. ®
The word "cloud" has been co-opted by so many disparate applications & uses that it ceases to have much meaning. Virtual web hosting, the likes of which I used 10 years ago would now be called "cloud web hosting" or something, your VMWare farm in your DC is now your "private cloud".
It's not so much cloud computing I dislike, it's the rampant drive to put the "cloud" label on anything and everything because it's hip & trendy. Then of course you get IT managers desperate to get on the bandwagon because it gives them something to talk about on the golf course, never mind if the strategy makes sense (to be clear - sometimes it makes perfect sense, other times it doesn't).
In this, at least, I can agree with Larry...
Ah yes, "cloud"
Which, as Scott McNealy recently noted, is just a short way of saying "The network is the computer". Took Larry a while to get it...
Re: right at the start?!!
That wikipedia entry you point to quotes Ellison's Network Computer as dating fom 1996. Sun was using "The Network is the Computer" from 1984.
right at the start my ass...