In a move that signals Oracle's continued push into cloud computing, new Oracle Platform as a Service products are expected to be generally available in the first half of this year.
If you're selling hardware, software and services to a cloud provider, that doesn't make you a cloud vendor. If it did, that would make Dell the largest cloud computing vendor in the world.
principal analyst, Constellation Research
Those Platform as a Service (PaaS) products are scheduled to include Storage as a Service, Messaging as a Service and Virtual Compute as a Service, according to Oracle Vice President Thomas Kurian. Other Oracle PaaS products --Database and Java -- are already available. Kurian and Oracle President Mark Hurd spoke about the Oracle cloud strategy Monday during a press conference.
The Oracle PaaS products, in concert with the vendor's Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) software announced last week and hosted Fusion Applications, are all part of the technology giant's plan to get itself enmeshed in every facet of information technology, from the hardware to the middleware and applications, and now in the cloud. And the company isn't shy about its intentions.
"We want to be the best at every single piece of the stack," Hurd said. "To lead from a feature capability perspective at every level of that stack."
Hurd boasted that Oracle has 25 million business users in the cloud worldwide. It's a number that could seem preposterous until one realizes that he was lumping together all the existing cloud computing companies that use some kind of Oracle infrastructure. Nine of the top 10 Software as a Service providers are powered by Oracle, he said.
Frank Scavo, a principal analyst with Constellation Research, scoffed at the notion. "It really conflates the definition," Scavo said. "If you're selling hardware, software and services to a cloud provider, that doesn't make you a cloud vendor. If it did, that would make Dell the largest cloud computing vendor in the world."
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Scavo also had some questions about Oracle's IaaS offering, which allows customers to lease Oracle engineered systems – that is, Exadata, Exalogic and Exalytics -- within a customer's own private data center, then pay Oracle a monthly fee for using those machines. The offering also makes it possible for a customer to increase that capacity on demand -- for example, if the customer gets busy during a certain time of the year and needs more compute power.
The offering is nothing new, Scavo said. IBM has offered capacity on demand with its mainframe servers -- including chargeback to company divisions -- for decades. That fact, however, doesn't make Oracle's IaaS offering worthless in his eyes. "It's still interesting," he said. "I'd be curious to know how big that market is, how many people would be interested in basically renting, on a subscription basis, Oracle high-end hardware and services to run basically what is an Oracle data center."