At a live event on June 22nd 2015 Oracle Executive Chairman of the Board and CTO Larry Ellison announced new additions to the Oracle Cloud Platform, an integrated suite of services to build, extend and integrate cloud applications. There are more than 24 new cloud services in the package. The new services in the package include, Oracle Database Cloud - Exadata, Oracle Archive Storage Cloud, Oracle Big Data Cloud, Oracle Integration Cloud, Oracle Mobile Cloud, and Oracle Process Cloud. Oracle Cloud Platform services, including the Database Cloud, Java Cloud, Documents Cloud, Business Intelligence Cloud, and the Database Backup Service.
Oracle have aimed these services to maximise end user experience and productivity as well as enabling developers to manage and analyse data, rapidly develop, test and deploy applications. In addition Oracle sees the platform as allowing architects to integrate across on-premises and cloud applications. Oracle Cloud Platform has more than 1,800 customers with 1,419 added in the last quarter.
The new Oracle Cloud Platform and Infrastructure services now available:
- Oracle Database Cloud - Exadata Service is all about bringing the Oracle Exadata database platform to the cloud. Customers are able to run an Oracle database in the cloud which has the same functionality, performance and availability as an on-premises Oracle Exadata-based production database. Oracle make a point of stating that because the Oracle databases deployed in the cloud as part of this service are 100 percent compatible with those that are deployed on-premises, this enables a smooth migration to the cloud, as well as a seamless transition to a hybrid cloud strategy.
- Oracle Archive Storage Cloud Service provides storage for applications and workloads that require long-term retention. As a "deep cloud" archive, the Archive Storage Cloud is aimed at use for infrequently accessed large-scale data sets, such as corporate financial records, or medical and pharmaceutical archives. The service enables organisations to access archived documents and data sets using industry-standard APIs. On the integration front support is provided for both Oracle and third-party backup, archival and preservation software. There is also an additional tier for on-premises Oracle storage systems, including ZS Series, FS Series and Oracle StorageTek tape solutions.
- Oracle Big Data Cloud Service and Big Data SQL Cloud Service provides a high-performance, secure platform for running diverse workloads on Hadoop and NoSQL databases. Oracle see the combination of the new Big Data SQL Cloud with Oracle Big Data Cloud as extending Oracle's industry-leading implementation of SQL to Hadoop and NoSQL, providing a comprehensive Big Data Management System in an enterprise cloud.
- Oracle Integration Cloud Service provides the means of integrating between the cloud and on-premises Oracle and third-party applications. The service includes new features, such as pre-built integrations and embedded best practice recommendations.
- Oracle Mobile Cloud Service is built upon a Mobile Back-end as a Service (MBaaS) that allows developers to develop and deploy mobile apps integrated with a backend cloud infrastructure. Mobile app integration, mobile APIs and security are abstracted from developers, thus allowing them to collaborate more easily as well as develop and deliver mobile apps that run on any device and meet any business need.
- Oracle Process Cloud Service enables business users to innovate and deliver process applications independent of IT. With a zero-code, cloud-based process automation platform, the Process Cloud gives business users the ability to manage the entire lifecycle of business processes and gain actionable insight on process health and SLAs.
Watch this space for more detailed analysis of the cloud services announced by Oracle.