Oracle Cloud: Nice and Fluffy, Still no Substance

After Oracle’s Cloud announcement yesterday, I was left scratching my head wondering if anything was actually announced.

We got the same message at OpenWorld (see previous blog post) and as far as I can see, got very little new yesterday. The only thing that was actually new is that Oracle has pasted the “Cloud” moniker on some of their latest acquisitions, adding a “Social” component to their cloud.

However, we’re still missing the most important pieces of information:

  • Availability date
  • Pricing

On past performance, I’m afraid Oracle will build some excellent software and then attach an “enterprise” (= very high) price tag, leaving their stuff out of reach of 99% of the potential user population. The Platform Services (Java and Database) should appeal to the wider market, but only if Oracle gets the pricing right.

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