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Q&A: Oracle's Rex Wang on Why All Clouds Are Not Created Equal
With advanced degrees in both business and engineering from Stanford University, Oracle Vice President Rex Wang understands both sides of the cloud equation—the business opportunities as well as the technological hurdles organizations must clear to realize them.
We asked Wang to explain why Oracle's cloud offerings, widely recognized as the industry's broadest and deepest, provide such a promising way forward
Q. You've said, "All clouds are not created equal." Please explain.
A. Many cloud providers offer services that are very specialized and focused. A company might be focused solely on providing sales or human resources applications, or platform services for developers, or general-purpose computing infrastructure services. Customers often end up using multiple clouds, which creates data and process fragmentation. And what if an organization wants to change its cloud strategy, and, for example, bring a public cloud service back in-house? Many times, the public cloud service is not available as an in-house software solution, or it is very difficult to switch to an alternative.
Q. How is Oracle's approach to cloud different from its competitors’?
A. Oracle is unique in both the breadth and depth of its cloud offerings. Our solutions run the entire gamut from applications to platform services for developers all the way down to infrastructure services. Just as important, we adhere to industry standards across all our offerings. This makes it much easier to integrate with our cloud services and easier to move the service on-premises or to another cloud. And of course it makes developers much more productive, since they don't have to learn new tools and languages.
Q. You often talk about the importance of portability. How does Oracle support this?
A. Again, Oracle's standards-based, comprehensive approach makes portability much faster and easier. In fact, we offer the same software for both cloud and on-premises solutions. That's something few cloud vendors can say. It means Oracle customers have the freedom to change their mind and bring cloud solutions in-house, if they so desire.
Q. How are mobile and social technologies shaping Oracle's cloud strategy?
A. Mobile, social, and cloud are three of today’s most significant business and technology trends, and they are very much interrelated. Social drives mobile usage. Mobile is a platform for social. Mobile drives user adoption of software as a service. Computing and data in the cloud enables mobile. And cloud enables new user interactions and collaboration via social.
Because these trends are so intimately related, we are building mobile and social capabilities directly into Oracle’s cloud solutions, giving users access to cloud services anywhere and enabling purposeful collaboration.
Q. Speaking of security, what differentiates Oracle's offerings?
A. Security is a concern that naturally comes up when it comes to the cloud. Oracle obviously has a long history of creating secure solutions for our customers, with industry-leading security features built into every level of our products. Our data centers are also built with world-class, embassy-grade security, from a physical perspective and a process perspective. We have the experience of securely operating data centers for more than a decade and serving more than 10,000 customers and more than 25 million users.
Find out what differentiates Oracle’s cloud solutions—read the new e-book, Oracle Cloud Solutions: The World’s Most Comprehensive, Flexible, Secure Cloud Offerings.