Category Archives: OpenWorld 2015

Oracle announces new levels of cloud, mobile and IoT integration in its Cloud Platform

Oracle openworld 2015Oracle has announced at OpenWorld a ‘comprehensive’ suite of integration services to help clients connect their cloud mobile and IoT systems into the Oracle Cloud Platform.

The Oracle Cloud Platform for Integration portfolio now includes Oracle’s IoT Cloud, Integration Cloud, SOA Cloud and API Manager Cloud range of services.

Oracle says its Integration Cloud is ideal for non-technical users such as citizen integrators, the applications staff in IT departments and line of business managers who need to integration software as a service (SaaS) applications. To this end it comes with a simple, intuitive Web-based, point-and-click user interface.

On the other end of the technical competence spectrum, Oracle’s SOA Cloud was designed for integration developers. It provides a full integration platform, including service virtualisation, process orchestration, B2B integration, managed file transfer and business activity monitoring dashboards. In accordance with the more detailed nature of the work of the typical user it has fine-grained control and the capacity to support various use cases.

Oracle’s integration cloud services are fully portable, it claims, so that users can switch their integration workloads between on-premise and the cloud, as business requirements change.

The IT architectures that organizations have relied on for decades are too rigid and inflexible for the digital age, according to Amit Zavery, Oracle’s senior VP of Cloud Platform and Integration products at Oracle. “Organisations need to rethink API management and service integration across cloud, mobile and IoT initiatives,” said Zavery.

Oracle Cloud Platform’s suite of integration services will provide the flexibility to allow them to adapt, which will boost productivity, slash costs and catalyse the inventive processes, Zavery argued.

Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service should make it easy to connect any device, whether it generates or analyses data and extends business processes within enterprise applications, says Oracle. This, it says, will lead to faster development of IoT applications, with preventive maintenance and asset tracking pre-integrated with other Oracle systems such as Oracle PaaS, Oracle SaaS, Oracle JD Edwards, Oracle E-Business Suite, and Oracle Fusion.

Meanwhile, the Oracle API Manager Cloud Service will help developers to create and expose APIs to internal or external consumers quickly but without compromising on security, according to the vendor.

The Oracle Cloud Platform is part of the Oracle Cloud. Oracle says its Cloud offering supports 70 million users and more than 34 billion transactions each day and runs on more than 50,000 devices and more than 800 petabytes of storage in 19 data centres around the world.

Oracle and Intel announce plans to ramp up the offensive on IBM in the cloud

Oracle openworld 2015Intel and Oracle are to build on a previous collaboration which saw them jointly take on IBM in the cloud computing hardware market. Now they are conspiring again, this time to target Oracle’s database and software customers, in a bid to get them to ditch their IBM computer servers and buy Oracle/Intel servers instead.

The new pact was announced at the opening of Oracle’s tech conference as Intel CEO Brian Krzanich took the stage of Sunday with Oracle CEO Mark Hurd. Project Apollo, in which the two manufacturers pooled engineers in a joint bid to investigate how massive cloud computing data centres can run faster using Oracle hardware with Intel chips, was pronounced mission accomplished.

On Sunday Hurd and Krzanich announced the new hardware partnership and a back up conversion programme. Oracle CEO Mark Hurd said ‘thousands’ of customers have dropped IBM for Oracle when running Oracle software. To back this up, Oracle launched a migration support programme. The ‘Exa Your Power Program’ (EYP) is aimed to help customers move their Oracle Database from IBM Power systems to Oracle Engineered Systems using Intel technology.

The EYP is a free database migration Proof of Concept study in which Oracle will assess a customer’s environment, create a database migration results report and show how it thinks the customer could significantly cut the time and costs of running critical database workloads.

“CSC has successfully migrated dozens of customers’ enterprise workloads,” said Ashish Mahadwar, Executive General Manager of Oracle’s Emerging Business Group. “We recently migrated an Oracle Database for a major insurance provider from IBM Power 7 to an Exadata X5 engineered system as a Proof of Concept.”

Mahadwar claimed that test results showed a Siebel Application runs four-to-ten times faster and ETL Processes running up to 12-times faster on Exadata.

Transformation of the enterprise is already underway with the continuous improvements in a vast software ecosystem that Intel and Oracle jointly deliver according to Mahadwar. “The Exa Your Power program will make it easier for customers to realize the benefits of moving to Intel architecture,” said Mahadwar.