Perceived by some to be behind when it comes to cloud computing, Oracle is making the case this week why it should be considered among, if not the, leader in cloud applications technology.
In San Francisco, where the company is hosting Oracle OpenWorld 2014 event, Founder and Chairman Larry Ellison joined co-CEO Mark Hurd and Oracle channel executives in showcasing the latest in Oracle cloud technology and partner program enhancements. On Sunday, Oracle unveiled six new enhancement for the Oracle Cloud Platform. And on Monday, the company continued its momentum by disclosing new distribution deals for Tech Data, Avnet, Arrow and NEXTGEN.
The new Oracle Cloud Platform technology is the very platform-as-a-service (PaaS) that Oracle relies on to power its own applications, as well as 19 of the 20 leading SaaS applications in the industry.
Specifically, Oracle rolled out six new services for the Oracle Cloud Platform designed to help customers and partners “to easily build new applications, extend Oracle software as a service (SaaS) applications, and migrate existing on-premises applications to the cloud,” according to the company.
The six new services are:
In addition, Oracle also introduced Oracle Cloud Applications Release 9, which boasts additions and updates to its full portfolio of software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings. (A full description can be found here.)
In partner news, Oracle announced that Oracle Cloud services will be offered through the Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) from value-added distribution partners, which today include Arrow Electronics, Avnet, NEXTGEN and Tech Data. Additional distribution partners are expected to be named over the next few quarters, said Oracle.
“The new two-tier distribution model for the Oracle Cloud enables partners to leverage local VADs in their respective markets to take full advantage of Oracle Cloud reselling and implementation services,” the company said in a prepared statement.
To help the more than 600 partners that have achieved Cloud Specializations, Oracle continues to add new services to the OPN. This week Oracle announced that the OPN will now feature a new Oracle Cloud Connection online community. It is designed to provide new and existing OPN partners a place to explore the Oracle Cloud, complete with information on all of Oracle’s existing cloud partner programs and offerings. In addition, OPN members a d non-members alike can interact with subject matter experts and learn best practices from other successful Oracle partners, according to the company.