In short, Oracle’s news for me is a disappointment. I expected them to come up with a solid PaaS offering but what I saw was PaaS washing. On Wednesday, Oracle announced what we all knew already. They are offering their Fusion Apps on the cloud and also offering Database as a Service using their powerful database and a Java as a Service. On one hand, it shows Oracle’s realization that Cloud is here to stay and they have to embrace it in spite of Larry Ellison’s earlier dismissals. on the other hand, what they are offering does not align with the puritan definition of public cloud services where multi-tenancy plays a critical role. Oracle is making a spin that their PaaS offers the isolation provided by the virtual machines to give better security but it is not PaaS in the puritan sense. I do agree that some organizations will be comfortable with this level of isolation but my question is about the need to call this PaaS. In fact, it is akin to offering the same applications, database and runtime on top of Amazon EC2. In fact, we should give Larry Ellison credit for accepting this fact but it is not PaaS. Period. Any attempts to confuse buyers with a convenient definition of PaaS is ridiculous and short sighted. In short, hypervisor bundled with API doesn’t make it a cloud. Similarly, runtime bundled in virtual machines doesn’t make it a PaaS.
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