Oracle launches database as service: Red stack in the cloud

Summary:Oracle figures it doesn't make sense to offer its applications in the cloud and not provide infrastructure and a platform too. Will customers bite?

SAN FRANCISCO---Oracle on Tuesday launched its database as a service in a preview as part of a series of platform cloud services.

In a keynote at Oracle's OpenWorld powwow, Thomas Kurian, executive vice president of Oracle's software development, outlined the company's database as a service. Oracle's database is available on other cloud services---notably Amazon Web Services---but the major selling point from the enterprise software giant is that it can manage databases better behind the scenes.

Moving to IaaS: An overview

Moving to IaaS: An overview

Kurian, who was standing in for CEO Larry Ellison, capped off what was a cloud-heavy theme for Oracle's conference. Ellison's plan was to show up for the keynote, but stayed with his America's Cup team, which was battling New Zealand to an 8-8 tie in races.

Generally speaking, Oracle looked to leverage its database as its key weapon in the cloud and against rivals. For instance, Oracle's in-memory additions to database 12c means every application can run in-memory. In theory, Oracle could have SAP's HANA effort surrounded. The problem: Oracle's in-memory technologies won't be generally available until next year.

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Offering its database as a service is another attempt to keep similar efforts on the sidelines. Oracle's pitch is that it can run its databases as a service better than any other cloud provider. "Database as a service is the same software you use in your IT department," said Kurian, who said 11g and 12 are supported in multiple configurations. Here's a look at the key slides.

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"You can get the standard database in the cloud. We give you management for it, back it up and tune it," said Kurian. "It saves you costs."

In a similar move, Oracle launched Java as a service and infrastructure as a service. The main theme here is that Oracle is pitching its red stack in the cloud. The argument from Kurian is that Oracle's applications and back-end services go together best. Kurian said it just doesn't make sense to offer applications in the cloud and not give customers a platform. 

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What's unclear is whether customers will go for Oracle's cloud stack or view it as another form of lock-in.

Topics: Enterprise Software, Cloud, Oracle

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