Don't expect an Amazon EC2 competitor from Oracle
IDG News Service - Although Oracle will gain all the technology it needs to launch a public cloud-computing infrastructure service like Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) with the purchase of Sun Microsystems, it has "no plans" to do so, Oracle Chief Corporate Architect Edward Screven said Wednesday during a company event.
Services like EC2 offer pay-as-you-go, on-demand computing resources over the Internet that can scale up and down according to demand.
But Oracle isn't interested in getting into that game. "We don't plan on being in the rent-by-minute computer business," Screven said. That doesn't mean Oracle won't sell technology to companies that offer such services, he added. It will also focus on helping customers build private clouds.
Oracle's plans represent a partial departure from a cloud-computing strategy Sun announced last year, prior to Oracle's move to buy the company. But on balance, Oracle's decision isn't surprising, observers said.
"The public cloud business isn't glamorous," said Michael Coté, an analyst with Redmonk. “While buyers may want the promised ease and cheapness of public clouds, I'm not sure most traditional vendors are willing to put in the painful change needed to offer public clouds for the measly margins they'd bring.”
PaaS (platform as a service) offerings such as Microsoft’s Azure and SaaS versions of applications like IBM Lotus and Tivoli let vendors “charge a premium for the value-add on top of generic infrastructure, like EC2 provides,” he said. “I mean, think about it: Is IBM or Oracle or Microsoft going to make their quarterly numbers selling storage for a few cents a gig and processing for a few cents an hour?”
“With private clouds, every Fortune 100 company has their own private cloud, duplicating the costs of deploying and managing it over each of those clouds versus centralizing on a few public clouds,” Coté added.
THINKStrategies analyst Jeff Kaplan is of a similar mind.
Companies like Oracle simply don't have the mentality that fits the "high-transaction, commodity business of doing an EC2," Kaplan said. "They maybe don't mind linking to it, but they're not interested in replicating it. ... While they may offer something, just so they can keep their hand in the segment of the marketplace, the more prominent piece will be around virtual private clouds.”
- What we know about Oracle Cloud Office, OpenOffice.org
- With merger, Oracle reassures Sun customers
- Don't expect an Amazon EC2 competitor from Oracle
- Oracle will boost MySQL, release Cloud Office suite
- Oracle to keep investing in Sun's server lines
- With emotion, Sun's long goodbye nears the finish
- European Union clears Oracle's purchase of Sun
- Stay away from OpenOffice.org until Oracle shows commitment, analyst says
- EU issues objections to Oracle's Sun acquisition
- EU chides Oracle over probe of Sun deal
- Best iPhone, iPad Business Apps for 2014
- 14 Tech Conventions You Should Attend in 2014
- 10 Desktop Apps to Power Your Windows PC
- How to Add New Job Skills Without Going Back to School
- Slideshow: 7 security mistakes people make with their mobile device
- iOS vs. Android: Which is more secure?
- 11 sure signs you've been hacked
Red Hat Enterprise Linux - The Original Cloud Operating System
Linux adoption is growing against a number of measures, such as the
number of supercomputers that run Linux and the size of the contributing...
- OpenStack Hype vs. Reality: CIO Quick Pulse Open-source architecture can enable IT departments to build infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) clouds running on standard hardware.
- Building a Bridge to the Next Generation Data Center Selecting a widely adopted operating system is a foundational component of a standardization strategy.
- OpenStack and Red Hat: IDC White paper Most OpenStack deployments are by public cloud providers that are early adopters of technology and use OpenStack in a do-it-yourself deployment and support...
- Live Webcast Best Practices for the Hyperconverged Enterprise Network To the Age of Constant Connectivity and Information overload
- Live Webcast Unmasking the Differences between Consumer and Enterprise File Sync & Share The consumerization of IT combined with the rapid pace of the modern mobile workplace is forcing enterprise IT teams to evaluate file sync...
- Live Webcast Government Agency Webifies Outdated COBOL Applications Let this CTO tell you how his agency converted 1980s-era green screens into an e-filing portal for the 100,000 cases handled each year...
- The New Way to Work Knowledge Vault This Knowledge Vault focuses on how, in today's increasingly virtual world, it's more important than ever to engage deeply with employees, suppliers, partners,...
- Getting Ready for BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.2 Find out how BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10 helps organizations address the full spectrum of EMM challenges, while balancing the needs of both the... All Applications White Papers | Webcasts