By John Soat
Oracle President Thomas Kurian discusses how Oracle's cloud services "help people solve real business problems."
Oracle has introduced an impressive list of cloud services in all three major cloud categories in just this year—infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and software as a service (SaaS). “We’ve had a really busy year,” deadpanned Thomas Kurian, Oracle president of product development, during a presentation at Oracle OpenWorld 2015 on Tuesday, October 27. Oracle’s cloud services “help people solve real business problems,” Kurian said, and represent a compelling combination of performance, ubiquity, and simplicity. “Any person anywhere in the world, with just a browser, can access our cloud and get access to all these amazing new product innovations,” he said.
Infrastructure as a Service
Oracle improved on every area of its IaaS offering: storage, compute, and networking. For instance, a new archive storage service provides long-term, fully mirrored data retention at only “a dollar a terabyte a month,” Kurian said. Oracle also introduced elastic compute, “the ability to say, I want a certain number of cores and I want to pay for [them] by the hour,” as well as the ability to access the company’s flagship engineered system, Oracle Exadata Database Machine, as a cloud service—“if you want the world's best performance to run Oracle,” Kurian said.
Any person anywhere in the world, with just a browser, can access our cloud and get access to all these amazing new product innovations.
—Oracle President Thomas Kurian
Platform as a Service
Oracle introduced many new PaaS functions, expanding its online toolset in the areas of enterprise application development, data management, and mobile application development. The company also introduced new data analytics services, including Oracle Big Data Cloud Service, which lets analysts query unstructured Hadoop data using Oracle SQL (structured query language), and Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service, a tool for neophyte data analysts that requires only a spreadsheet and a browser. “It’s as simple as that,” Kurian said.
Also, Oracle added services for enterprise security and application integration, as well as three online systems management tools—Oracle Application Performance Monitoring Cloud Service, Oracle IT Analytics Cloud Service, and Oracle Log Analytics Cloud Service—based on a common management platform, Oracle Enterprise Manager for Oracle Cloud Platform.
Kurian touted Oracle’s new integrated end-to-end, procurement-to-logistics supply chain-discrete manufacturing SaaS offering. At the other end of the enterprise spectrum, Oracle Documents Cloud Service makes document sharing easier and more effective, and Oracle Social Network Cloud Service allows enterprise users to “collaborate across the company using a Facebook-like interface.” Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service collects and filters data from a myriad of sensors and devices.
Software as a Service
It’s noteworthy that Oracle added an impressive 183 new modules across its entire comprehensive list of enterprise SaaS applications: enterprise resource planning (ERP), enterprise performance management (EPM), human capital management (HCM), and customer experience (CX). “It is the only full suite of services,” Kurian said.
Kurian’s talk was preceded by a sit-down discussion with Rick Welts, president and COO of the NBA Championship Golden State Warriors. The two compared notes about winning cultures. “You only win when your customers love what you offer,” Kurian said. After its busy year, what Oracle offers is a comprehensive enterprise cloud experience.