Oracle News Roundup February 2017

Oracle News Roundup February 2017

A relatively quiet month for news. Oracle finished it’s Quarter 3 and will be doing the usual final push for Quarter 4.  No change in the drum beat – Cloud, Cloud and more Cloud.  This news roundup focusses on Amazon and Oracle with cloud related articles.  The end of the month ended with a well publicised outage at Amazon. This was S3 and not their AWS cloud services but it does highlight the potential risks of putting all of your eggs in one basket.  Madora expects to see an increase in vendors positioning ‘Hybrid’ models with capacity on-prem to cover downtime with the cloud providers.  Which leads onto Oracle announcing their ‘Exadata Private Cloud Service’.  Exadata is in itself is a little niche as it demands pretty high performance requirements. The Private Exadata Cloud service may provide  a more affordable solution as it is subscription based for those workloads needing such performance.

The Amazon S3 Outage is this a prediction of things to come with Cloud?

Amazon S3 had issues on February 28th.  Wired reported that, “A number of users have reported trouble with sites and apps like Medium, Slack, and Trello.
The problems seem to stem from trouble with Amazon’s cloud storage service S3, which Amazon confirmed is experiencing “high error rates,” particularly on the East Coast. Several other Amazon services appear to be having problems as well, but countless sites rely on S3 to host images and other files. Even Amazon’s site itself relies on S3, leading to some baffling updates from the company. See more at  The Amazon S3 Outage Is What Happens When One Site Hosts Too Much of the Internet

The beauty of the Cloud is the low barrier to entry for new companies or new projects. However, just as with any on-prem infrastructure thought needs to be given to availability and safeguarding downtime.  No Cloud based infrastructure or application is 100% available  but it is all too easy to forget that. For non critical applications, some down time can be tolerated but a more balanced approach might include on-prem or private cloud to ensure business can operate even if Cloud vendors take a hit.

The concern for me is the increasing use of applications powered on the various cloud vendors where we just do not know what they are based on. With the dominance of Amazon it is fair to say there is ever growing reliance on this single vendor.

So you may be moving over to applications without realising they all run on Amazon.

Negotiating Cloud SaaS Service Agreements What Should Be Indemnified?

At Madora we are always suggesting that you should know your contracts, especially ones you inherit, As you move to the cloud you should take extra care of the terms when signing up.  Andrew S. Bosin  wrote an article on indemnification, data privacy and data protection with SaaS contracts on Linkedin. Finding a Lawyer who understands the technology is important and Andrew specialises in just this. Read the full article via Negotiating Cloud SaaS Service Agreements What Should Be Indemnified?

Oracle’s CEO Safra Catz Emphasizes the Advantages of Cloud-based Applications

Oracle’s supply chain conference, Modern Supply Chain Experience, took place last week in San Jose, California. The overarching theme this year, as it was last year, involved the advantages of Cloud solutions. Oracle is committed to the Cloud for all their applications, the acquisition of NetSuite further demonstrates that, but in this case their focus was on the advantages of Cloud in their supply chain applications. Source via Steve Banker of Logistics Viewpoints, Oracle’s CEO Safra Catz Emphasizes the Advantages of Cloud-based Applications

Oracle firmly believes it is as easy migrating to a SaaS application and that your organisation will use the out of the box business processes with no impact to your user adoption  or integrated systems. The 3 month implementation may be true as once you follow the configurator but all these SaaS applications will present their own integration issues whether in the cloud or between the cloud and legacy on-prem systems. 

 “can’t negotiate six months when an implementation takes three months.” 

Safra Catz Oracle CEo

How Oracle licensing on AWS affects portability

Good article from Alan Earls of Techtarget on bring your own licenses.  

Bring your own license enables enterprise IT teams to use current software licenses in the public cloud, such as Oracle licensing on AWS, and could offer other benefits.

Bring your own license (BYOL) has several benefits over renting software from the cloud provider, said Duncan Jones, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research. Many companies already own licenses for their applications or middleware, so they don’t want to pay for more. Some want to use the cloud for development and bring the workload on premises when it moves into production; others want portability so they can shift workloads to a different cloud option if AWS becomes too expensive.

“Smaller vendors are certainly taking notice and those that are focusing heavily on moving their customers to the cloud are beginning to use BYOL as a way to assist their customers’ migrations and respect past investments,” Narayan said.

A disadvantage of BYOL is that you undermine cloud’s flexibility. “Companies have to balance many factors in deciding which approach to take,” Jones added. While not all licenses are portable, the trend is still clear. A recent Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board ruling made portability more feasible by recognizing that an equivalent capability in both on-premises and on-cloud versions should be the relevant determinant, according to Enterprise Strategy Group analyst Dan Conde. And that, in turn, gives vendors and customers more freedom, he explained. source via How Oracle licensing on AWS affects portability

Oracle settles court spat with fired cloud ‘sales inflation whistleblower’ • The Register

Oracle has reached a settlement with a former finance manager who alleged she had been fired for refusing to follow what she believed to be unlawful accounting practices that bumped up the IT giant’s cloud numbers.In a filing [PDF] on Wednesday, the District Court of Northern California was told the dispute between Oracle and Svetlana Blackburn had been settled in principle.The lawsuit was brought by Blackburn in June last year. She had worked as a senior finance manager covering SaaS and cloud revenue in North America for Oracle,  source via The Register Oracle settles court case with fired cloud services finance ‘whistleblower’

Oracle launches on-premises edition of Exadata Cloud service

Oracle Corp. is slowly clearing a path to its public cloud with the launch today of its new Oracle Exadata Cloud Machine service.As part of the company’s Cloud at Customer portfolio launched last year, the new offering allows companies to deploy the popular Oracle Exadata platform as a cloud service inside their own data centers. The cloud machine is available now. Oracle’s Cloud at Customer portfolio of services is designed for organizations that wish to receive all of the benefits of the company’s public cloud services, while keeping workloads on-premises inside their own data centers. 

It will be interesting to see the pricing model for this and the user adoption. I did hear rumours that the Cloud Machine was well received and getting serious interest.

That’s all for this roundup of curated articles in the Oracle eco-system. In coming articles this month we will share our 2017 plans for the expansion of the Madora Academy; discuss reducing Oracle support and getting better control of your Oracle estate with asset management best practise .

Kay Williams

Marketing Manager, Madora Consulting