SAN FRANCISCO — It’s easy for a company’s software stack to end up a cluttered mess of on-premises and cloud storage solutions from multiple providers. But Oracle executives claim they have the answer.

Yesterday at OpenWorld, the company's annual user conference, they made the case for putting everything in the hands of Oracle. The Big Red Cloud can handle all of a company's disparate needs and enable it to save money, too.

Time for Oracle's Cloud?

Oracle executive vice president David Donatelli urged the crowd at his keynote a the Moscone Center to switch to the cloud if they were still using on-site data centers ... Oracle’s cloud, of course.

“If you’ve been thinking about it, the time is right to take that legacy infrastructure and use it to move to the public cloud,” he said. “When it comes to on-site infrastructure, most of the money is being spent just keeping the lights on. So it’s not helping you create an app for new revenue opportunities, so everyone is kind of stuck.”

That pitch was a recurring theme at the conference here this week — in keynotes as well as loud and clear from the giant video boards overlooking the outdoor lounge next to the conference venue. You couldn’t spend more than 10 minutes without hearing about the superiority of Oracle’s cloud services, the completeness of the offerings and claims that Oracle can save your company money.

Addressing Disaster Recovery Options

Beyond cost there was considerable time spent on the idea of disaster recovery. It’s a company’s worst nightmare when it comes to data: one catastrophic event can wipe away years of records.

The cloud is supposed to minimize the risks and provide better backup and recovery options, though not all recovery solutions are created equal. Archival takes up bandwidth that can boost the monthly cloud storage tab. And often times the backup may go to a different provider than the company who stores your data, which is a different company than the one that built your on-site data center.

According to John Fowler, Oracle Executive Vice President of Systems, enhanced hardware and software integration addresses the issue. Since Oracle builds data centers and the software that powers them, the company can rescue critical data quicker and with less difficulty, he said.

Learning Opportunities

“We’re offering a true revolution in compute data management,” Fowler said. “The integration of Oracle data, hardware and software is actually a giant leap and bound in these backup capabilities. A bunch of disparate companies cannot make the kind of breakthrough we’re capable of.”

Why Oracle Claims It Is the Best

Juan Loaiza, Senior Vice President of Oracle Systems Technology, argued that Oracle has the substance to stand out in a crowded space that’s now dominated by Amazon.

“We’re radically engineering the stack,” he said. “We’re the only ones working intensely with Intel. There's no other company in the world out there doing this. We're the only comp innovation with silicon all the way through software."

According to the on-stage presentation, Oracle backup solutions can restore up to the moment of a loss and do so within two to four hours. 

It’s an enticing promise. But like all of the boasts presented here this week, ones that must be addressed with sensible due diligence.