Oracle continues to work on its cloud-washing strategy and drives it forward despite vehement criticism. Under the name “infrastructure as a service on premise with capacity on demand” Oracle offers enterprises its hardware to rent for the own data center.
Oracle is expanding its private cloud infrastructure to offer the opportunity to rent preconfigured application servers for a monthly fee, which will be installed in the client’s data center. The by Oracle named “engineered systems” include Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle Sparc SuperCluster, Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine and Oracle Sun ZFS Storage.
The idea is that Oracle provides extra capacity that go beyond the already used resources of an Oracle private cloud. Exactly this Oracle called infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), which has nothing to do with an IaaS cloud offering but ordinary Oracle data center solutions.
A three-year contract is not cloud!
Just as little the “Oracle Cloud Infrastructure” is a true cloud offering, it looks with the new “Oracle IaaS on-premise”. The three-year contract includes only the hardware for the application server, maintenance and a certain amount of usage. The use of Oracle software licenses result in additional costs. Furthermore you have to pay for so called “peaks”. What this exactly is and what the cost are is not stated.
Oracle loses pace
Unfortunately, it is increasingly clear how Oracle wants to sell his philosophy of cloud computing to the market. They simply take their hardware, software, etc. which were previously expensively sold, and now rents them as “cloud”!
It seems Oracle tries everything to keep pace with the cloud market. But they do not have the right strategy. The real public cloud providers, especially Amazon Web Services, Windows Azure, Google and Rackspace will increasingly outstrip Oracle. But, on the private cloud side it looks not better for Oracle. Here providers like openQRM-Enterprise, Eucalyptus, OpenStack-Partner and CloudStack get more and more market share.