Will Oracle fly higher than Amazon in the Cloud?

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Oracle’s juggernaut continues to pick up speed with overwhelming intensity in the cloud arena. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the market leader right now, but if history is any indicator, then Oracle has every capability to surpass it, especially in database and ERP related cloud offerings.

So the million dollar question is: will Oracle fly higher than AWS in the cloud?

If all, or most of the enterprises move all of their on-premise infrastructures to AWS tomorrow, or in a couple of years, then the answer is No. Will they? Not really likely.

But things are moving to the cloud, and most of them will eventually make the move. But it will take time, many years I reckon. That’s all Oracle needs to catch up. Oracle has done this before. One example is Oracle Fusion Middleware. They are all set to do it again with cloud technologies.

Of course, AWS and other providers for that matter, would not sit idle. But given Oracle’s resources, and its unique agility to adapt, things look quite interesting from this point of view. I am especially excited to see where cloudy database and cloudy ERP from Oracle would go in a few years from now.

Take the example of Oracle Database Exadata Express Cloud Service. This service foretells a lot about the future. Customers can enjoy this time-tested, extremely powerful technology for a fraction of the cost in the cloud. This service enables the customers to get their own Oracle Database 12c Release 2 Enterprise Edition plus options running on Exadata in Oracle Cloud. It starts at $175 a month. This provides a complete database experience.

So the game is on. Sit back, grab the popcorn, relax, and enjoy the race between two best of the breed companies in the cloud arena.




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I have been in love with Oracle blogging since 2007. This blogging, coupled with extensive participation in Oracle forums, plus Oracle related speaking engagements, various Oracle certifications, teaching, and working in the trenches with Oracle technologies has enabled me to receive the Oracle ACE award. I was the first ever Pakistani to get that award. From Oracle Open World SF to Foresight 20:20 Perth. I have been expressing my love for Exadata. For the last few years, I am loving the data at Pythian, and proudly writing their log buffer carnivals.

3 Comments. Leave new

Is that $175 a month including having users? if so – that’s so much lower than regular licensing that I have to wonder if it’s a doorbuster price that’ll go up later.

Yury Velikanov
November 4, 2016 11:59 am

Would you recommend using express cloud option for production? If you would, then how would you ensure that Oracle database patches are tested with your application prior those applied in PROD?

I like your optimism my friend Fahd. I just think that your post would be even better if you back up it with data points. IMHO: Express option missing features that would allow customers use it for production purposes. Therefore 175$ doesn’t mean much at this stage.


I have been digging a lot on AWS lately and while a think that Oracle cloud might be a better suite for running Oracle Databases, like Azure is for SQL Server, AWS is a complete and comprehensive package for IaaS/PaaS and what is good about it is the integration between the services. Example is how can you can a lambda service or function from a aurora/MySQL procedure. That makes the difference.
Oracle is playing catchup game and things will improve on Oracle Cloud a lot, but I think that fly over Amazon will be, let’s say… A difficult task


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