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Oracle Demonstrates Commitment to the Cloud

oracle and the cloudIf there’s  one thing that Oracle is good at, it is raising the bar in terms of expectations. The software giant has changed up its game in recent days with moves such as the acquisition of Sun Microsystems. Today, two specific moves show that Oracle is now doing what it can to get a piece of the cloud computing pie.

The Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud

To start with, Oracle is leveraging the success of the Exadata franchise. They intend to make a foray into the cloud computing environment by offering a middleware box known as the “Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud.”

According to Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, the product will outperform comparable servers at much lower prices. The system uses 30 6-core servers all tied together via Infiniband networking. The system is also completely compatible with the Exadata Database machine.

The solution is called “elastic” because, when you need to add capacity to your environment, you simply add additional virtual machines. The solution also boasts of fault tolerance, which is something that you won’t find in many other solutions. Other solutions tend to have a single point of failure, but this is not the case with Oracle’s offering.

Cloud Services from Oracle

The other move that oracle has made is to take its somewhat fractured and diverse cloud computing efforts and bring them all under the direction of a single business. That business unit will be known as “Cloud Services,” and it will be run by Joanne Olsen, a recent Oracle acquisition from IBM.

(Incidentally, IBM attempted to block Olsen’s move on the grounds of confidentiality agreements. This is a problem Oracle is facing on a regular basis these days, as the new co-president Mark Hurd faces similar action from his former company, HP, over his move to Oracle).

The creation of the Cloud Services business demonstrates to customers that Oracle is committed to helping consumers work in the cloud. Whether it’s public clouds, private clouds or even hybrid cloud environments, Cloud Services should be able to help its customers.

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