Oracle Applications Now Available In Amazon's EC2 Cloud
Oracle has done an about-face and is now moving key enterprise applications in a pre-configured form to the cloud.
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Oracle applications are now available to run on Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud, even though data intensive, enterprise applications relying on frequent, on-premises inputs haven't typically been the first choice of a workload to be sent to run on EC2.
It's also a major step by Oracle toward accepting cloud computing as an alternative to running packaged applications on premises. Given the vigor of previous cloud denouncements by CEO Larry Ellison, it appears that Oracle is trying to turn on a dime and give the cloud its full embrace.
EC2 requires applications be submitted as Amazon Machine Image workloads. Web Services evangelist for Amazon, Jeff Barr, announced in a blog post Thursday that AMI versions of PeopleSoft CRM, JD Edwards Enterprise One, and Oracle's own E-Business Suite 12.1.3 are now available on EC2.
The Oracle database system was previously available to run in EC2 as an Amazon Machine Image. An application specific version of the database appears as a co-workload with many of the applications listed.
Barr first mentioned the possibility of running Oracle applications in a blog Sept. 20, the day after Oracle CEO Larry Ellison addressed the opening of Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco. "Working together with Oracle, we will publish a set of pre-configured AMIs based on Oracle VM templates so that you can be up and running in a matter of minutes, instead of weeks or even months."
The comment points out an advantage of using cloud computing versus on-premises, packaged software. The Amazon AMIs can be pre-configured as a virtual appliance, an application combined with an optimized operating system that's quick and easy to install. Existing Oracle licenses apply, so customers with Oracle already installed on premises appear to have the option of running it instead in the cloud. A FAQ on the new arrangement indicated that Oracle will make an AMI version of each application available to customers, so that it may be customized, then sent to EC2, if the customer chooses.
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