Cloud Slice: Oracle Cloud

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Earlier this month in San Francisco, Oracle announced their Cloud platform in Oracle Open World 2012. Though a late entrant to Cloud game, Oracle decided to enter with a fully baked platform ranging from Infrastructure as a Service to Software as a Service. Oracle cloud also comes in flavors of private cloud and Oracle managed cloud. Though we don’t have hands on experience at the moment on the platform, this edition of Cloud Slice will quickly overview the Oracle Cloud platform

Oracle Cloud: Infrastructure as a Service

Oracle offers messaging and storage as two services in infrastructure space. Oracle storage can store and manage objects which are grouped in containers. The data can be accessed through a web UI, REST interface or through Java SDK. The storage service can be accessed through any of Oracle Cloud products. While messaging addresses need of applications to integrate with each other. Messaging supports both JMS and REST and claims non blocking operations for efficient workflow.

Oracle Cloud: Platform As a Service


Java platform runs on J2EE standards and can as well host other frameworks like Spring and the container for Java applications is WebLogic server . Java service provides a good integration with databases, SSO for identity management and also a cloud console is provided to monitor and manage the platform.


Oracle Cloud database runs on Oracle 11g using Exdata, Exalogic and Real Application Clusters (RAC). The schema is isolated from other users and is encrypted for security. The data can be exposed through various means such as REST protocol and through some built in productivity apps.


Developer is still in preview mode, but claims to offer a complete development environment for developers. Source code is stored in Git repositories which is connected to Continuous Integration (CI) tool Hudson. Issue tracker and Wiki are integrated for a complete package.

Oracle Cloud: Software as a Service and Social connection

Oracle Cloud offers a bunch of softwares as a service for various industry sectors ranging from Enterprise resource planning (ERP) to Human Capital Management (HCM). In addition to various application services, Oracle cloud also offers integration and insights into social media, which are termed as Oracle Social Services

Oracle Cloud: Private Cloud vs. Oracle managed cloud

All cloud services offered by Oracle are available as a private cloud managed by an enterprise so you have complete control over data centres and regulatory compliance. Second option being Oracle managed cloud in which case Oracle will manage and maintain the cloud, while you reaping benefits of it.

Closing thoughts

Oracle has entered late but with a portfolio spanning across the spectrum. Organizations with existing investment in Oracle products have much to cheer with management being handled by external party if they decide to move to cloud. Though there is much to be explored and proven for Oracle cloud yet!

Frequently Asked Questions about Oracle Cloud

What is Oracle Cloud and how does it work?

Oracle Cloud is a comprehensive cloud computing service offered by Oracle Corporation that provides servers, storage, network, applications, and services through a global network of Oracle Corporation managed data centers. It allows businesses to run, connect, and secure applications and data across multiple regions. It works by providing a range of integrated services that are engineered to work together, making it easier for businesses to move their operations to the cloud.

What are the benefits of using Oracle Cloud?

Oracle Cloud offers several benefits. It provides flexibility and scalability, allowing businesses to scale up or down based on their needs. It also offers cost savings as businesses only pay for what they use. Additionally, Oracle Cloud provides advanced security features, ensuring that your data is protected. It also offers a wide range of services, including data management, application development, integration, analytics, and more.

How does Oracle Cloud compare to other cloud services?

Oracle Cloud stands out for its comprehensive suite of integrated cloud services. It offers a wide range of services, including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), and Data as a Service (DaaS). It also provides advanced security features and high performance, making it a reliable choice for businesses of all sizes.

What is Oracle Private Cloud Appliance?

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance is a flexible and scalable solution that provides a private cloud infrastructure in your data center. It is designed to support a mix of different workloads and is ideal for businesses that require a high level of control over their data and applications.

How does Oracle Managed Cloud Services differ from Oracle Public Cloud?

Oracle Managed Cloud Services is a suite of services that provides comprehensive management of Oracle applications in the cloud. It includes application hosting, application management, and application integration services. On the other hand, Oracle Public Cloud is a set of cloud services that are available to the public over the internet.

What is Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Services?

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Services is a set of cloud services that provides businesses with the infrastructure they need to run their operations in the cloud. It includes compute, storage, and networking services, as well as a range of other services such as load balancing, DNS, and more.

How secure is Oracle Cloud?

Oracle Cloud is designed with advanced security features to protect your data. It includes a range of security services, including identity and access management, data encryption, network security, and more. Oracle also provides regular security updates to ensure that your data is always protected.

How can I migrate my business to Oracle Cloud?

Oracle provides a range of tools and services to help businesses migrate their operations to the cloud. This includes Oracle Cloud Lift Services, which provides free migration assistance to Oracle Cloud customers.

What support does Oracle provide for its cloud customers?

Oracle provides comprehensive support for its cloud customers. This includes 24/7 technical support, access to a wide range of resources and documentation, and regular updates and enhancements to its cloud services.

How can I get started with Oracle Cloud?

To get started with Oracle Cloud, you can sign up for a free trial on the Oracle website. This will give you access to a range of Oracle Cloud services, allowing you to explore and test them before making a commitment.

Vishal BiyaniVishal Biyani
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My name is Vishal Biyani! I am an avid developer and a cloud enthusiast! I am lucky enough to witness some very exciting changes in technology and data landscape.

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