Technical deep dives demonstrate proven cloud technology.
Following the opening presentation by Oracle Executive Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison, Thomas Kurian, president of product development at Oracle, drilled down into the details of many of the more than 24 cloud services the company introduced. With the help of Oracle colleagues, Kurian demonstrated the features of several significant services.
Kurian first talked about infrastructure as a service (IaaS)—specifically storage, compute, and networking. He then demonstrated how to deploy the open source Linux, Apache, MySQL, Perl/Python/PHP (LAMP) stack on Oracle Cloud dedicated compute resources, how to hook the LAMP stack to NFS, and how to archive log files in the Oracle Archive Storage Cloud Service.
If you’re a DBA who knows how to administer Oracle on premises, you get the same interface in the cloud.
Kurian also talked about the new Oracle Database Cloud Exadata Service. The Oracle Exadata Database Machine is Oracle’s highest-performing database engineered system, and Oracle Database Cloud Exadata Service is “the best infrastructure platform to run the Oracle database,” he said.
Kurian demonstrated how to use Oracle Database Cloud Exadata Service and the familiar interface of Oracle Enterprise Manager for Oracle Cloud Platform to quickly create an HR database running on a 28-core, two-node Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) cluster. “If you’re a DBA who knows how to administer Oracle on premises, you get the same interface in the cloud,” Kurian said.
He went on to describe new Oracle platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings that include different kinds of data management infrastructure, including big data open source technologies such as Apache Hadoop and Apache Spark.
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“Why are we offering a variety of different types of infrastructure and data management?” Kurian asked. “It’s because our customers have a variety of different kinds of applications.”
Kurian described Oracle PaaS offerings that support a variety of different application development styles in the cloud, including Ruby, Node, and plain old Java objects (POJOs). A very important new application development offering is Oracle Mobile Cloud Service, which allows developers “to build applications that run on any platform,” he said.
Inderjeet Singh, Oracle executive vice president of Oracle Fusion Middleware, walked Kurian through the steps for using Oracle Mobile Cloud Service to build a cross-platform, social-enabled, event-aware mobile application.
Finally, Kurian said, “Larry talked about the fact that customers will continue to have a mixture of cloud-based systems and on-premises systems. We give you a variety of tools to hook these up.” Those tools include Oracle Integration Cloud Service, Oracle Process Cloud Service, Oracle SOA Cloud Service, and Oracle Identity Manager Management Cloud Service.
The fact that Oracle’s cloud services and on-premises systems are based on the “same code, same standards, same architecture” is key to helping customers leverage that “mixture,” Kurian said. “The same person on premises,” he said, “can now use their skill set in Oracle Cloud.”
John Soat is a freelance writer and multimedia producer specializing in the intersection of business and technology.