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Oracle outlines plans to take on Amazon in cloud

Brandon Butler | Jan. 18, 2017
Bare metal servers, a focus on hosted databases and application development are keys

PaaS and cloud management: Oracle’s PaaS is broken into serving two developer profiles, either a professional developer, or a line of business developer, the latter of which would use a graphical drag-and-drop interface for simple application development. Advanced microservice applications can be controlled by Kubernetes on the Oracle PaaS, Kurian says. Meanwhile, the company’s cloud management portal can be used to control on-premises and other public cloud platforms. Administrators can set up policies to automatically backup or patch resources on a scheduled basis.

SaaS Services: In addition to IaaS and PaaS functionality, Oracle has a strong set of SaaS tools, ranging from CRM, ERP, HCM and vertical industry specific applications.

Geographic expansion: Oracle announced plans to open three more regions for its cloud this year in Virginia, Turkey and London, which will give the company 29 regions around the world.

“Oracle should be congratulated for its enthusiasm and the proactive way it is pursuing the cloud market,” says Charles King, an analyst with Pund-IT, adding that the company was late to the market. Oracle has taken a similar approach to Microsoft and IBM in offering services across all three layers of cloud: IaaS, PaaS and SaaS. “They still have a massive install base of customers that want cloud services. The question is whether they will choose Oracle as their cloud vendor as opposed to vendors they may be currently working with, or choosing to go with a more established, more innovative vendor.” King adds Oracle’s cloud will appeal most to existing customers, but he questions how the company will be able to attract net new brands.


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