I just left the session on Oracle Enterprise Cloud Computing at Oracle Open World which was quite in-depth and dense. Here are the key takeaways or points.

The Cloud: Private vs Public

According to surveys that Oracle has been conducting of their current customer base, they say that most organizations are leaning towards the private cloud vs the public cloud. However the future model is going to be a hybrid approach.  The key reasons why organizations are currently in favor of the private cloud are:

  • Security
  • Quality of service concerns

In the private cloud most organizations are currently running the following apps:

  • Financial/accounting
  • HR
  • Email/collaboration/communication apps

Evolution of Cloud Space

Oracle outlined an interesting evolution for how they see the cloud space evolving which looks something like this (along with their key elements):

Silod  Grid  Private  Hybrid
physical
virtual self service standardization
dedicated
 share    interoperability

Cloud Computing Strategy 

Oracle also laid out their cloud computing strategy which was broken down into two key areas:

  1. Ensure cloud computing is enterprise grade (see Oracle Introduces Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Outlines Cloud Strategy)
  2. Support both private and public cloud computing, give customers choice

To make this happen Oracle is going to rely on their four quadrants which include:

Broken down it looks like this:

 Platform

  • Shared middleware and database services
  • Scalable and highly available
  • Extreme performance
  • Comprehensive functionality
  • Robust development environment
  • Rapid deployment

 Infrastructure

  • Shread service for computing and storage
  • Elastically scalable and highly available
  • Physical and virtual
  • X86 and SPARC
  • Flash disk and tape storage

Cloud management

  • Complete cloud lifecycle management
  • Complete appts to disck management
  • Self service
  • Policy based resource management
  • Metering and chargeback