With this week's announcement of Oracle Cloud, the vendor has finally reached the halfway stage in the journey that former company president Charles Phillips outlined to me at Oracle OpenWorld five years ago. Oracle was helping its customers take "stair-steps to on-demand," Phillips told me then. Five years later, Oracle has finally managed to climb halfway up the ladder. Let's hope the rest of the ascent will be faster. Unfortunately, today Oracle remains stuck at the middle rung with its stubborn insistence on dedicating individual database instances — and sometimes entire application stacks — to individual customers. These dilutions of the multi-tenant ideal serve the database vendor's self-interest, because it gets to sell more licenses, but in cloud terms it's half-baked. Interestingly, the arguments in favor of this approach have not advanced since Phillips' conversation with me back in 2007. He even used the same word, 'co-mingling', that Ellison used this week to … [Read more...] about Does Larry believe in Oracle’s middle-rung cloud?
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Most people don't know this, but at one time Oracle Corporation ran an extensive internal beta adding a pretty good word processor and spreadsheet to the Oracle Office communications product most recently renamed Oracle Beehive and now positioned against both Exchange and Domino. At the time I didn't see the combination as competitive with Applixware or even Q-Office, but recommended it for sale because it did one thing better than any competitive product I knew of: it stored everything as rows in the standard database. Sun does not own OpenOffice.org and Oracle, accordingly, isn't buying it - but because Sun does own the StarOffice product and is the primary contributor to OpenOffice.org, Oracle is buying both influence with, and responsibility to, that community. If Sun and Oracle now recreate the full Oracle Office by combining Beehive with StarOffice, ensuring standardized database storage for all data, and open sourcing some of Oracle's forms based development tools into the … [Read more...] about Oracle Office, MySQL, and other dreams
Oracle will next month take the first steps toward a utility computing plan by adding "grid" capabilities in its database and application server software. Oracle will unveil an update to its flagship database, renamed Oracle 10g, and its Oracle Application Server 10g at its OracleWorld customer conference in San Francisco next month. As part of the database overhaul, Oracle will update its Enterprise Manager database management software. The company declined to indicate when finished versions of the product would be delivered, except to say that it is beta testing the database with customers. Testing programs typically lasts several months to a year, which means that Oracle 10g will likely ship sometime in 2004. Oracle is betting that, by adding grid capability to its database, it will gain an edge over database rivals IBM and Microsoft and make its software a natural choice for large businesses and service providers that offer utility computing. The two technologies go … [Read more...] about Oracle thinks grid with database update
Microsoft announced today that it is just one step away from shipping its next-generation database software. The software giant today said it has sent the final software code to its internal manufacturing process, the last move before the software is sent to customers. The new product, called SQL Server 2000, is part of Microsoft's aim to make its Windows 2000 operating system more attractive to businesses that need to create e-commerce Web sites. The database, which stores and manages Web content and other corporate information, should be available to customers within four to six weeks, said Jeff Ressler, Microsoft's lead product manager for SQL Server. As previously reported, SQL Server 2000 features more Web support, more security and improved analysis for business information. Microsoft executives have touted the new database as powerful and reliable enough for large businesses and e-commerce Web sites and hope it can better compete against rival offerings from Oracle, IBM … [Read more...] about Microsoft readies new database software
Oracle is making a more concerted effort to sell hosting services for its line of e-business applications, database and application-server software, in hopes of boosting the company's flagging sales, the company told securities analysts in New York on Thursday. More than 200 out of 12,000 e-business application customers have hired Oracle to host one or more of the accounting, human resources, manufacturing or other software components included in its software suite--up from 10 customers two years ago. Oracle expects that figure to reach 3,000 in 2006, generating $1 billion in additional services revenue for the company. Oracle is looking for new sources of revenue since competitors have begun to seriously chip away at database and business applications revenue, causing the $11 billion company to miss sales targets for the last several quarters and lower prices. Oracle plans to introduce hosting services for its database and application-server products next month. Though the … [Read more...] about Oracle expands hosting services