Oracle OpenWorld 2013: Oracle launches database as a service

Oracle continues to extend its cloud offering at OpenWorld 2013 by launching its database as a service (DaaS) offering

Oracle continues to extend its cloud offering at OpenWorld 2013 by launching its database as a service (DaaS) system.

Oracle’s DaaS is a dedicated database instance based on Oracle VM virtualisation, which will give the customer full administrative control with monthly subscription pricing.

The DaaS keynote speech got off to a bumpy start when it was announced that CEO Larry Ellison – scheduled to deliver the announcement on Tuesday afternoon – would instead watch the Oracle Team USA sailing in the America’s Cup race in San Francisco Bay. Larry Ellison left the keynote in the capable hands of Thomas Kurin, executive vice-president product development, to the disappointment of thousands of delegates who had come to hear from the CEO.

Kurin said Oracle will take care of management for its customers. He said that, while the customer manages the data, Oracle will manage the infrastructure.

Oracle will offer three tiers of management service: basic, managed and maximum. Oracle said this makes its DaaS offering stand out from its competitors.

Chief analyst at Ovum Tim Jennings said Oracle’s cloud should now appeal to existing customers and that will be the ideal place to extend its applications.

Jennings said he doesn’t believe there are any real competitors in the market for Oracle. “Customers who have invested in Oracle as their choice of database will choose Oracle Database in the cloud. Customers who standardise on other databases, such as IBM DB2 or Microsoft SQL Server, will stick with those,” he said.

But Jennings said the movement into DaaS is not a dramatic shift or progression for Oracle, but rather an incremental move in its strategy. He said Oracle had built its cloud capabilities in its own time, emphasising that he did not think the company “late to the game” of cloud computing.

Java and infrastructure as a service

Kurin also announced Java as a service and infrastructure as a service during the keynote.

The Java as a service will support any Java application and will provide flexible administrative control of the application server. It will also receive automated and simplified patching, backup and recovery, cloning and other lifecycle operations.

Meanwhile, the infrastructure as a service will help customers develop and deploy applications by providing an elastic computing service which is compatible with OpenStack.

The launches follow from a string of announcements made at OpenWorld this year, the biggest being the launch of an in-memory version of its database which promises 100-times faster query processing, as well as adding ten new services to Oracle’s cloud. 

Kurin said the combination of the three products and Oracle’s growing cloud offering will transform customer’s IT environments.

“We don’t think it makes sense to fragment data in the cloud,” Thomas Kurin said. “We have one suite of application in the cloud built on a unified platform.”

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