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Oracle Corp. is brashly moving to provide computer power and storage for other companies, but it faces an uphill climb against the market pioneer and leader, Amazon.com Inc. “Amazon’s lead is over,” Larry Ellison, Oracle’s executive chairman and chief technology officer, said during a Sunday night keynote speech at the Oracle OpenWorld conference. “Amazon is going to have serious competition going forward.” Now, though, Oracle barely registers in the market, where Microsoft Corp.’s Azure and Alphabet Inc.’s Google Cloud Platform also compete and have a significant head start.
Cloud Foundry, the Pivotal- and VMware-incubated open source platform-as-a-service project, is going all in on its new Diego container management system. For a while now, the project used what it called Droplet Execution Agents (DEA) to manage application containers. After running in parallel for a while, though, the team has now decided to go all in on its new so-called “Diego” architecture. Thanks to this, Cloud Foundry says it can now scale to running up to 250,000 containers in a single cluster. Few enterprises — if any — are currently using Cloud Foundry (or containers in general) at this scale. As anybody who has talked to enterprise developers recently can tell you, though, enterprise adoption of containers is growing quickly (and maybe faster than most people realize). Cloud Foundry’s own research shows that many enterprises are now evaluation containers, even as the number of broad container deployments has remained steady (and low) over the last few months.
Cloud computing may be just about everywhere now, but organizations have yet to be able to channel all this activity into substantial business value. That’s because cloud engagements tend to be all over the enterprise, meeting tactical or departmental requirements as they arise, not part of a grand strategy. That’s the key takeaway from a recent survey of 6,159 executives, conducted by IDC and sponsored by Cisco, which finds that only about one in seven organizations with multiple cloud workloads (14%) actually have managed, or optimized cloud strategies. The largest segment, 47%, say their cloud strategies tend to be on the fly — “opportunistic, or ad hoc.”
Oracle may be best known for selling big, pricey business software and databases, but at its annual customer conference this week in San Francisco, the company spent most of the time talking about all things cloud. In recent years, Oracle ORCL 0.00% has been trying to shed the perception that it’s been slow to adapt to the shifting way businesses buy technology. Instead of buying high-priced software and installing programs directly onto their own computers, companies are increasingly subscribing to software hosted in someone else’s data centers, a model known as software-as-a-service. Additionally, businesses are increasingly renting computing capacity from companies like Amazon AMZN 1.96% and Microsoft MSFT 0.10% , freeing them from having to maintain and operate their own data centers.
When Red Hat launched its OpenShift Platform as a Service (PaaS) cloud in 2013, the focus was on making life easier for developers. OpenShift's theme remains the same but Red Hat has made it crystal clear that developing on the cloud today means using containers. The name says it all: Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.3. This latest release is built on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7. It uses Docker for its containers and Kubernetes 1.3 for container management and DevOps.