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March/April 2013

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Cloud Fiction and Fact

By Tom Haunert

 

You can’t believe everything you see in the movies, but businesses do tell true cloud stories.

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In movies and television shows, information technology is often scaled down to fit the story. That magically computed result, that missing electronic file, and that unknown password that will stop something bad or start something good can go from nonexistent to resolved in one brief scene. And for historical reasons, I suppose, the significant computing power in most screen fiction seems to come from a vintage mainframe—rather than a modern supercomputer or engineered system.

I haven’t seen too many references to cloud computing in movies or on television, but those that I have seen seem limited to the idea that a treasured file or information the hero or villain may be looking for is safe from local mayhem because it is safely stored “in the cloud.” Fortunately, the fact that a movie or television show delivers a very narrow definition of cloud computing as internet-located storage isn’t likely to break the on-screen story or reduce the entertainment value of a production.

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At the same time, the fact that enterprise cloud computing is much bigger than internet storage isn’t guaranteed to give cloud a bigger or more detailed definition on the big and small screens. To start, enterprise cloud computing is about the infrastructure, platform, and application services deployed in public, private, and hybrid clouds that support the business. That big beginning could also be part of why it’s easier in a movie plot to point to the internet and call it the cloud.

But if a movie wanted to show what enterprise cloud computing means for business, it would have to go big. A comprehensive look at cloud would have to include the aforementioned themes of infrastructure, platform, and application services along with cloud management, security, integration, development, social computing, mobility, business intelligence, big data, and more. And a discussion about potential cloud challenges would include siloed information, control and visibility, data privacy and regulatory compliance, proprietary architectures, and vendor lock-in.

Cloud Documentaries

In this issue of Oracle Magazine, real organizations use Oracle public and private cloud solutions—including Oracle Cloud, Oracle Database, and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c—to put their own customers first, integrate cloud and legacy information systems, move their standards-based cloud solutions between different cloud service providers, deploy solutions in Oracle Cloud and private cloud environments, and more. See “Utility Computing in the Cloud” and “Banking on a Private Cloud” in this issue to learn more about how three organizations use and benefit from Oracle cloud solutions.

The Oracle Cloud and Oracle private cloud solutions featured in this issue also rely on Oracle engineered systems, including Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic. And because these are real-world stories, no mainframes of any kind were used in the successful deployment of and access to the Oracle cloud solutions.


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Tom Haunert, Editor in Chief

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