Oracle, Red Hat Update Cloud Strategies June 6
Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) and Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) each are planning major cloud computing announcements on June 6. Best Guess: Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and President Mark Hurd will describe how all Oracle applications can run now run as a cloud service. Red Hat, meanwhile, will likely offer an update on the OpenShift (Platform as a Service) and/or CloudForms (Infrastructure as a Service) initiatives. And could there be a Red Hat SaaS surprise coming, too?
Both Oracle and Red Hat face plenty of questions in the cloud. Now, answers are emerging.
Updated, May 31, 8:32 a.m.: Ellison yesterday said all Oracle applications will be available via the cloud effective June 6. He made the statement during the D conference, hosted by The Wall Street Journal.
Meanwhile, Hurd recently said Oracle already generates more than $1 billion in annual SaaS revenues. Most of the major SaaS providers — NetSuite and so on — run Oracle's software as the foundation for their cloud services. And Oracle continues to crank up its own Oracle Public Cloud effort.
But Oracle Channel Chief Judson Althoff hasn't said much about how the Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Specialized partner program will evolve to address the public cloud effort. Perhaps we'll get some answers June 6.
Red Hat Cloud Computing
Meanwhile, Red Hat has multiple cloud initiatives under way. Obviously, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV), Red Hat Storage and JBoss are core to Red Hat's cloud aspirations. But there are two newer initiatives to track: OpenShift and CloudForms.
Red Hat earlier this month said the OpenShift strategy will have three consumption models:
- As a service. A fee-based version of OpenShift.RedHat.com is expected to launch in late 2012.
- As a private PaaS offering. Where enterprises run OpenShift on their own.
- On a third-party cloud or via a third-party virtualization provider — though I don't know which third-party companies might be options for Red Hat customers.
And on the CloudForms front,, Red Hat claims to offer five benefits to IaaS providers:
- Automation and self-service for elastic and flexible cloud computing.
- Application lifecycle management.
- Tools and capabilities that eliminate virtual server sprawl, compliance nightmares, and security concerns.
- Configuration and management of complex multitier applications.
- The ability to deploy, manage, and move applications to different clouds, virtualization environments, and bare-metal servers.
Red Hat has clearly stated that it wants channel partners to promote OpenShift and CloudForms. To prove that point, Red Hat launched the Certified Cloud Provider partner program.
Oracle's challenge in the cloud is vastly different. Indeed, the company must overcome skeptics who suggest Ellison's primary goal is to continue selling on-premises software and hardware that drives maintenance contracts.
Both Red Hat and Oracle will have their opportunity to address skeptics and answer questions on June 6.