That said, Ellison loves the cloud, and that's the dominant theme of this installment of Cloud Watch.
But first, the definition. As noted in Information Week, Ellison isn't that interested in a Salesforce.com Inc. type of cloud service. In fact, he derided Salesforce as "really just one or two applications on the Internet" applied with a "very weak security model." (Oracle is a Salesforce.com customer, by the way.)
What's a better cloud model, by his definition? The Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) from Amazon Web Services Inc. , a blank-slate platform for running standards-based applications. (Say, isn't EC2 on that list of finalists for this year's Leading Lights Awards? Why, yes, it just might be: See Light Reading's 2010 Leading Lights Finalists.)
The system includes 30 servers driven by two six-core processors apiece, all meshed together via Infiniband. More Exalogic machines can be hooked in, which might be why it's scientifically not just big, but honkin'. Unlike EC2, it's meant to be the basis for private clouds within the firewall.
Elsewhere in the cloud:
- SDPs Need a Revamp, Says Carrier
- Verizon Takes On Amazon With SMB Cloud Offer
- T Italia Launches Cloud Services
- HP Takes MDM Into the Cloud
- Fujitsu, CA Team on SPIT
- BT Takes Trading Into the Cloud
- ZTE Does SDP as a Service
- HP, Oracle Settle Over Hurd
— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading