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Oracle Launches Bare Metal Cloud Services, Challenges Amazon AWS

Oracle threw some big announcement back in September at Oracle OpenWorld conference about its plan to add Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to its Oracle Cloud Solutions. And now the first piece of that IaaS is announced: Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Services. Oracle’s service offers integrated network block storage, object storage, identity and access management, VPN connectivity, and a software-defined Virtual Cloud Network (VCN) – their implementation of Software Defined Networking (SDN). The new service is launched in Oracle’s new Phoenix Region (Arizona, USA), with the promise of growing to additional regions. The Phoenix region has 3 Availability Domains (similar to Availability Zones in Amazon Web Services).

oracle-iaas-logoOracle has been exploring cloud for a while and has made several startup acquisitions in that direction. With this move Oracle is going jumping heads-on to the ruthless cloud IaaS wars. In fact, it seems Oracle lured in some cloud experts from Amazon, Microsoft and Google to build its new IaaS.

One amazing thing that Oracle did with its IaaS, is that it designed its entire data center, up to the hardware stack, on its own! Oracle learned well the lesson from Amazon, Google et al. Thank to that design it claims to provide competitive pricing that will challenge the legendary AWS pricing.

For more information on Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Services see here.

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Oracle Boosts Its Big Data Offering

Oracle, the proverbial SQL icon, knows it cannot ignore the trend of big data, nor does it attempt to. On the contrary. Oracle has been promoting big data offerings, both in-house and via acquisitions such as the recent Datalogix acquisition. Yesterday Oracle announced an important milestone with the release of a suite of big data solutions.

In modern organizations data comes from multiple and diverse sources, both structured and unstructured, and across various technologies (e.g. Hadoop, relational databases). Advanced analytics requirements such as real-time counting analytics alongside historical trends analytics further necessitate the different technologies, resulting in a highly advanced solution. Oracle identifies this complexity and offers native integration of the big data solutions with Oracle’s SQL relational databases, with one uniform façade for analytics.

While Hadoop’s advantages are known, it is still non-trivial for analysts and data scientists to extracts analytics and gain insights. Oracle Big Data Discovery comes to address this, providing a “visual face of Hadoop”.

Oracle also extends its GoldenGate replication platform with the release of  Oracle GoldenGate for Big Data, which can replicate unstructured data to Hadoop stack (Hive, HBase, Flume). Another aspect of the uniform façade is Oracle SQL, with queries that can now transparently access data in Hadoop, NoSQL and Oracle Database with Oracle Big Data SQL 1.1.

Oracle’s strategy is to leverage its brand and existing SQL installations within enterprises and offer them enterprise-grade versions of the popular open-source tools, and to provide native integration with Oracle’s traditional installation of SQL databases which already exist within the enterprises. It’s left to see how it catches with the enterprises against the hype of the popular big data -vendors and open source projects.

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Oracle Buys Datalogix, Extends Cloud and Big Data Offering

Oracle yesterday announced buying Datalogix. Datalogix provides big data analytics service, using social media sources to analyze consumer behavior, such as Twitter and Facebook (which in itself invested heavily recently in big data analytics capabilities).

This acquisition joins other acquisitions Oracle made in this field in the past year: the acquisition of BlueKai cloud-based big data marketing platform earlier this year, and the acquisition of Responsys, a cloud-based B2C marketing platform, one year ago (December 2013).

This last move is aligned with Oracle’s ongoing strategy to strengthen its position in the cloud, an area which shows significant growth in revenues for Oracle. This comes after Oracle has been loosing business in past few years as more and more businesses moved to the cloud, served by the likes of Salesforce.com. With their cloud strategy, Oracle can dare forecast for next quarter around 33% revenue growth from SaaS, IaaS, and most interestingly PaaS, an area Oracle only recently entered, with Java and Database as a service. Adapting to the new reality and embracing the cloud appears to be a wise move for the company. The combination with big data analytics and social media is a powerful one, and Oracle identified its potential. I would expect to see this taking a more significant part as the company’s growth engine in 2015.

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