“C” Is For Cloud

July 31, 2012 at 8:34 am | Posted in Oracle | Leave a comment

It’s possible that you may have seen Larry Ellison, the CEO of Oracle Corporation, discussing Oracle’s philosophy, offerings, and advantages as it relates to cloud computing. It’s one of Larry’s favorite topics, and to hear him speak he’d say that cloud computing is something that Oracle has been working on for almost 7 years. And what Larry is referencing is Oracle’s efforts to rewrite all of Oracle’s ERP applications into something called Fusion. Fusion is Oracle’s Open Source project to replace the entire stack of applications from Oracle’s e-business suite, PeopleSoft, and JD Edwards. The fusion applications (of which there are just over 150) and its associated 11g R2 database, along with the Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control, provide you with the power to monitor and manage all of these features, regardless of whether your application is sitting on a server in your own datacenter (private cloud) or a server in Oracle’s datacenter (public cloud). And because of the Open Source standards, it’s easy to move your application from your datacenter to Oracle’s, or from Oracle’s datacenter back to your own.

Oracle’s initial Application Services offerings appear to be in the areas of Fusion CRM and Fusion HCM. Customer Relationship and Human Capital comprise a big chunk of the ERP, but it’s certainly not all-inclusive. I think we can safely assume that more components should be arriving shortly. Each application also provides “built-in” social networking to identify teams and provide tools for collaboration among the team members. This appears to be something Oracle picked up in its recent acquisition of the social media company Involver. And the data that Oracle collects from its social media links will be thoroughly analyzed to detect trends, buying habits with the help of the purchase of another company specializing in social analytics, All Things Digital.

Oracle hasn’t ignored those who may want to build their own custom cloud solutions using open standards. Oracle’s public cloud currently provides platform services for a Java Application Server as well as the 11gR2 database. And Oracle emphasizes the ease of moving applications from your private cloud to a public cloud, and then to another public cloud, and so on back to your own private cloud. According to Oracle, this is all made possible because open standards (such as SQL and Java) are used to build the apps. And the tool which allows Oracle to deliver the database as a service is called vFabric Data Director 2.0 from VMware.

I believe the jury is still out on whether this technology is here to stay. For organizations who want to simplify their investment in IT or provide opportunities for their developers to pursue more challenging opportunities this may be a wise decision. If you have any experience with any vendor’s public cloud, please share them with us on this blog.

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