Oracle’s Cloud Road Show

What’s got into Oracle? Even though company president Larry Ellison has belittled cloud computing in the past (He’s publicly called cloud computing the “future” of computing, the “present” and “past” of computing, citing’s existence for the past 10 years, and calling it “nonsense.”), the company has just announced a 50-date global road show on cloud computing for developers and system administrators.

Oracle bought Sun Microsystems, and during a recent webcast, the company outlined how it planned to use those assets – including helping customers build private clouds.  In 2008, Ellison said that Oracle would make cloud computing announcements in the future. But given his disdain for the concept, it was taken as sarcasm, according to a story I read about the new cloud road show.

The road show will detail Oracle’s take on cloud computing, “a label that has been slapped on everything from virtualized, scalable pools of computing infrastructure such as that sold by Amazon Web Services, to SaaS (software-as-a-service) applications,” said the piece.

Oracle cloud experts will clarify how companies can take advantage of “enterprise cloud computing, and topics will include tips on:

  • developing private clouds
  • how to move current IT to a cloud structure
  • how to use public clouds, such as Amazon’s AWS.

So, given how Ellison and Oracle feel about cloud computing (whether it even exists as something new), why the elaborate road show – which I’m sure must be costing them mucho dollars? Analysts think it’s merely (or significantly, for that matter), that Oracle has to stake its claim in this rapidly developing technology. It’s the wave of the future, and Oracle needs to get on the boat to ride that wave.

I have a message for Larry. On your road trip, don’t forget the topics that many businesses – from small firms to enterprises – want to hear about: how to secure your data on the cloud and how to make sure your provider is performing reliably. That’s where 24/7 monitoring of cloud platforms comes in, and it would be a service worth talking about.

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