🗂 Link: ‘Rijksoverheid al 4 jaar in de clinch met Oracle’

According to the confidential memo, Oracle’s routine tactic is to threaten based on incompliance and to maximize potential licensing issues. After that, software licenses and the looming costs of such licenses can be negotiated from such a beaten problem. The result can then be a relatively better than expected amount for the shocked customer, but is not a low amount.

Source: ‘Rijksoverheid al 4 jaar in de clinch met Oracle’

Link: Oracle’s Georges Saab on the Impact of Faster Java Releases

When the new six-month cadence was announced there was some talk about “release fatigue.” Have you seen that in the Java community?
It’s sort of like asking, if your kids had Christmas twice a year, do you think they’d experience “Christmas fatigue?” The parents might, I guess. What I’m hearing people say now is that they are seeing so much evidence that updating to 9 and finding the move to 10 and 11 so smooth, they’re excited about the new cadence and what’s coming down the pike.

Source: Oracle’s Georges Saab on the Impact of Faster Java Releases

Link: Oracle swings axe on cloud infrastructure corps amid possible bloodbath at Big Red

These US-based layoffs are part of a broad round of job cuts around the globe this month, said to range from 500 to 14,000 at the database giant. The biz employs about 140,000 worldwide.

All the articles say it’s in the cloud business.

Source: Oracle swings axe on cloud infrastructure corps amid possible bloodbath at Big Red

Link: The computational legacy is Oracle’s cloud opportunity today

The company said it was saving most of its cloud-native announcements for KubeCon in December, but highlighted its new managed Kubernetes service (OKE, launched in May), platinum-level membership in the Cloud-Native Computing Foundation and growing support of open source projects (e.g., Fn, a functions project; Terraform for Oracle Cloud orchestration) as evidence that it has turned over a new, developer-friendly leaf. Oracle acknowledges a credibility gap with developers, but notes that it is at the start of making a transition similar to the one Microsoft has largely accomplished. As part of this effort, it may pursue acquisitions that give it access to customers that will help change Oracle’s image and shift the culture within the company (perhaps similar to what IBM is hoping to accomplish by buying Red Hat).
Original source: The computational legacy is Oracle’s cloud opportunity today

Link: Amazon move off Oracle caused Prime Day outage in warehouse

The outage, which lasted for hours on Prime Day, resulted in over 15,000 delayed packages and roughly $90,000 in wasted labor costs, according to the report. Those costs don’t include all the lost hours spent by engineers troubleshooting and fixing the errors or any potential lost sales.

I assume Amazon has, and will save much more than that by moving off Oracle.
Original source: Amazon move off Oracle caused Prime Day outage in warehouse

Link: Oracle Gets Cloudy: What’s Behind Their Change in Financial Reporting?

“Oracle did announce during the earnings call that cloud revenue was $1.7B for the quarter, but failed to break that out between SaaS and the combined IaaS and PaaS, as was previously reported. Also, with BYOL, it is impossible to know if customers are using those licenses in the cloud or on-prem, thereby obfuscating their cloud performance, which is now the number one factor in determining Oracle’s success against its peers. Oracle is claiming customers are deploying BYOL licenses in the cloud immediately, or have plans to do so in the near future, but it is impossible to know for sure.”

Vendors switching from on-prem to public cloud is hella hard, often deadly.
Original source: Oracle Gets Cloudy: What’s Behind Their Change in Financial Reporting?

Link: CIOs planning to snub Oracle for other cloudy vendors – analyst

“Murphy has told clients that a survey of 154 CIOs revealed negative spending intentions towards Oracle, with CNBC reporting that his note said just 2 per cent of respondents said Oracle was their most integral vendor for cloud computing. In contrast, 27 per cent chose Microsoft and 12 per cent opted for Oracle CTO Larry Ellison’s cloudy nemesis Amazon. The analyst’s note added that CIOs have told the analysts they are migrating off Big Red and onto Microsoft SQL Server, Amazon databases and PostgreSQL.”
Original source: CIOs planning to snub Oracle for other cloudy vendors – analyst

Link: Happy as Larry: Why Oracle won the Google Java Android case • The Register

“To sum up, then: Google knew it needed a licence, didn’t get one, and tried to bluff it out.”
Original source: Happy as Larry: Why Oracle won the Google Java Android case • The Register

Link: “Google’s use of the Java API packages was not fair,” appeals court rules

I’ve never understood what’s going on here. I think it’s that Google decided to arrange Android SDK’s like Java API’s.
Original source: “Google’s use of the Java API packages was not fair,” appeals court rules

Link: “Google’s use of the Java API packages was not fair,” appeals court rules

I’ve never understood what’s going on here. I think it’s that Google decided to arrange Android SDK’s like Java API’s.
Original source: “Google’s use of the Java API packages was not fair,” appeals court rules

Link: As it shifts cloud focus to platform services, Oracle tries to hold on to its database legacy

‘“the way Oracle plans on differentiating itself from Amazon is by offering a complete suite of platform services at a higher level than infrastructure services,” Ellison said. Open-source databases like MySQL and MongoDB have become very popular with developers in the cloud era, but there are still lots of companies running Oracle databases on their own hardware as well as companies that want to maintain application compatibility with Oracle but through Oracle’s cloud services.’
Original source: As it shifts cloud focus to platform services, Oracle tries to hold on to its database legacy

Link: Oracle expands its autonomous technology across its cloud platform

“In a nutshell, Oracle Autonomous Cloud Platform will aim to automate patching, tuning and even data integration across its portfolio. Oracle’s return on investment pitch is that its autonomous platform frees up technology talent for higher-value tasks.”
Original source: Oracle expands its autonomous technology across its cloud platform

Oracle’s public cloud momentum

Oracle reports its PaaS and IaaS revenue together, which makes understanding its IaaS growth difficult. FY16 to FY17 revenue increased from $0.9bn to $1.4bn, equivalent to 60% YoY growth. The company claims to have added 14,000 IaaS and PaaS customers to OCI since its inception, almost all of them existing customers of its licensed software. Oracle’s overall revenue in 2016 was $37bn, so IaaS and PaaS still represent a small slice of the pie.

The report has, of course, more detail on the portfolio, e.g.:

A challenge Oracle faced from the beginning was its tardiness to the market. Sure, it could copy and perhaps improve upon existing public cloud offerings, but it would have to do it faster than the rest of the market. AWS, for example, has over 70 services, so there is a lot of ground to cover. Over the past year, Oracle has released 50 services and features – starting from bare-metal compute and storage, the company has added virtual machines, databases, database clustering, load balancers, audit capability, compliance, monitoring, logging, authentication and new images. From a single datacenter in Phoenix, it has expanded to Ashburn, Virginia, and Frankfurt; it is targeting London for early 2018 and APAC further down the line. It has also released and open-sourced a new serverless capability called Fn and a Docker-native platform called Fn Flow for composing serverless applications. The company hopes to distinguish its serverless offering by making it cloud-agnostic, although Java is first among equals in terms of supported languages. Oracle realizes that its capability isn’t as broad as AWS’s, but its rate of development shows it can achieve a lot in a short amount of time.

And:

In 451 Research’s Voice of the Enterprise: Hosting & Cloud Managed Services, Organizational Dynamics 2017 report, 44% of 515 respondents stated that they would pay a premium for an enhanced SLA on performance/uptime; 34% stated that they would pay a premium for enhanced customer support. The median premium for these enhancements was about 20%. Buyers see value in services way beyond just the basics. The challenge for Oracle is convincing customers that it offers the best capability for the best price – there are others in the market with stronger credentials and reputations. stronger credentials and reputations.

Source: Oracle stays the course on IaaS