Friday, December 4, 2009

Competition in the Cloud: Oracle working on a cloud platform

Since Sep-2008 Oracle has had a partnership Amazon where customers can license Oracle's Database, Fusion Middleware and the Enterprise Manager on Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). While this is the first partnership, more can be expected in the future.


Rackspace and Oracle are also collaborating on the first Java-based public cloud based on Oracle's WebLogic Suite and Cloud Sites. The new beta platform is expected to be available for a private pilot in the coming months.

Richard Sarwal, SVP Product Development for Oracle Enterprise Manager  has clearly indicated that they would be announcing partnerships with new service providers.
Yes, we are working with several other cloud service provider partners right now, and will outline these in future announcements.
What is not clear is whether Oracle  would continue working down the partner route or develop its own cloud platform.

There may be some signs of Oracle building its own cloud which has lead to this speculation. This speculation has been reported by William Blair and Company in a report on salesforce.com covering the recently concluded DreamForce. As per the report an ecosystem partner of salesforce.com who works on both the Force.com and Azure platform, has claimed knowledge of the fact that Oracle is working on a cloud platform.

We will keep track of how this speculation takes shape.

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