Oracle has announced 10 new cloud services that pit the company directly against Amazon Web Services (News - Alert) (AWS) and present strong competition to Salesforce.com. Several of the new offerings are storage related, suggesting that Oracle wants to meet AWS head on and offer a different level of services to try to capture some of their market share.
The new cloud offerings are broad, encapsulating application, platform and infrastructure services. The Object Storage Cloud and managed Database Cloud appear to go head to head with AWS, while the Compute Cloud enables customers to run any workload in the cloud via a secure, enterprise-grade service with monitoring capabilities.
The Object Storage Cloud offers a redundant object store for housing large amounts of unstructured data, while the Database Cloud provides a dedicated database instance supporting any Oracle (News - Alert) Database application. Users may deploy the services on-premise, in private or public clouds or in the Oracle Cloud.
For its part, the Oracle Cloud has been gaining traction with nine million users and 19 billion transactions happening each data. The Cloud is dispersed among 13 data centers located throughout the world. Partners of Oracle Cloud will also be able to refer and resell the new platform and infrastructure services through the company’s Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Cloud programs.
Another interesting new service that appears similar to the Salesforce.com (News - Alert) AppExchange is the Cloud Marketplace, which offers a global portal for partners to publish apps. Customers may also browse the portal to search for solutions. The AppExchange has close to 2,000 applications and nearly two million installations, so it will be interesting to see if Oracle can attain that level of interest.
Other new Oracle Cloud services include The Java Cloud, which provides Oracle WebLogic Server clusters for deployment of Java applications. The Business Intelligence Cloud lets users analyze data via interactive dashboards for the Web and mobile devices, while the Documents Cloud offers a self-service file sharing and collaboration solution. The Mobile Cloud is tailored to enterprise mobile connectivity and the Billing and Revenue Management Cloud lets users easily capture recurring revenues from new services. A Database Backup Cloud also lets organizations backup their Oracle Databases to the Oracle Cloud.