D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

Oracle Open World – Thoughts on Eliason Keynote

Monday, September 20, 2010 9:01 AM

So last night I started seeing the #oow10 hashtag show up on Twitter, along with comments about cloud computing, Oracle, and how horrible the HP portion of a presentation was.

Turns out that OOW10 stands for Oracle Open World 2010, Oracle’s annual conference. They were live streaming the keynote and Larry Ellison was on the stage so I thought I’d check it out.

First thought of the presentation was how unpolished it seemed. Keep in mind that all the tech-related keynotes I’ve seen have been at Microsoft events, where they all follow a standard template: lapel microphones, presenter controls the slides, and trial runs that reduce the ‘um’s and ‘uh’s. What I saw was Larry holding a microphone, continually asking for “the next slide”, and um-ing & uh-ing through a presentation that seemed at times rambling…in fact, I’m pretty sure he was talking off the top of his head most of the time.

Which, however, was pretty impressive that he was able to speak to the technical features of the products shown. While not as polished as MS events, there was something about Larry’s presentation…it was almost conversational in a way…that was different enough to not be annoying. Still, for a guy who Tony Stark was modelled after in the Iron Man movies, I figured he’d be more Steve Jobs than Woz.

Anyway, enough about the presentation critique, let’s talk about the technology! Oracle is making inroads into cloud computing. The products offered were mainly high-end servers that are intended to scale out instead of up, run Linux or Solaris, and have an Oracle stack of technologies and platforms designed to be the glue of the Oracle cloud.

One interesting fact that I wasn’t aware of: Oracle has their own Linux build called Oracle Linux. It’s based on Red Hat, but contains patches to make it work better with the Oracle stack. There was alot of talk on how the new hardware/cloud offerings would be compatible with RHL, but the message from Ellison was definitely “Go with our version”.

While many in the Microsoft world may think that MS and Oracle are bitter rivals when it comes to the database space, no mention of Microsoft (that I heard) was made. Instead, Oracle is zeroing in on IBM on the hardware/server side and SaaS orgs like SalesForce on the software side. Larry announced “Fusion Apps”, 5 years of development in re-tooling their PeopleSoft and JD Edwards investments along with Oracle E-Business suite. There was a short demo, which on the surface looked impressive – but I don’t know enough about competing products like PeopleSoft, MS Dynamics, and others to know what the feature comparisons are.

I think I’ll check out some of the other keynotes, or at least keep an eye on the #oow10 hashtag to see if any other major announcements come out. It’s always a good idea to keep tabs on what’s happening in other sandboxes.


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