Oracle Expands Cloud Portfolio With Storage, Big Data, Integration Services

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Silicon Valley giant Oracle on Tuesday unveiled significant additions to its Cloud Platform, designed to help IT pros, developers and business users build, extend and integrate cloud applications.

Among them is the Oracle Database Cloud – Exadata Service, which allows customers to run Oracle databases in the cloud with the same functionality, performance and availability of the company’s on-premises Exadata-based production databases. They are 100 percent compatible with on-premises systems, enabling a smooth migration to the cloud or a seamless transition to a hybrid cloud strategy, Oracle said.

Cloud BuildersAlso new is the Archive Storage Cloud Service, suited for large-scale data sets that don’t need to be accessed frequently; think corporate financial records, medical and pharmaceutical archives, cultural preservation content, insurance records and digital film masters. The service is backed by enterprise-grade service-level agreements. It enables organizations to access archived documents and data sets using industry-standard APIs, and integrate with Oracle and third-party backup, archival and preservation software. It also provides an additional tier for on-premises Oracle storage systems, including ZS Series, FS Series and Oracle StorageTek tape solutions.

The third addition to the Oracle Cloud Portfolio is a Big Data Cloud Service and Big Data SQL Cloud Service. The company says these services extend its implementation of SQL to Hadoop and NoSQL, giving users a comprehensive big-data management system in an enterprise cloud.

And that’s not all. Oracle’s new Integration Cloud Service aims to simplify integration between the cloud and on-premises Oracle and third-party applications. It includes new features such as pre-built integrations and embedded best-practice recommendations. Furthermore, Oracle is debuting a new Mobile Cloud Service that includes a next-generation Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS), which allows developers to rapidly develop and deploy mobile apps integrated with enterprise-grade backend cloud infrastructure; and Process Cloud Service, which gives business users the ability to innovate and deliver process applications independent of IT departments.

“According to IDC’s CloudView Survey, the top IT benefit of PaaS is having ‘a self-service environment for access to development and deployment tools’ – and for business users the top benefit is ‘built-in integration with my SaaS applications,” said Robert Mahowald, program vice president, Cloud Software, IDC. “Having a full-service PaaS platform alongside a complete applications portfolio satisfies both needs, and users of the Oracle Cloud Platform benefit from access to the robust application development and deployment, data management, Big Data analytics, integration, and mobile capabilities, satisfying the key IT and LOB needs.”

Larry Ellison, Oracle’s executive chairman and CTO, made the announcements at a live event. Oracle says it added more than 1,400 customers for its Cloud Platform just last quarter. It supports more than 70 million users and more than 33 billion transactions every day.

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