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"With direct sales, customers can buy the cloud services for on-premise or by the drink on the cloud," Barteld said. "We're trying to do the same with sales through partners. There's no need for partners to set up a separate selling organization."
Included in the new cloud services introduced Tuesday was Database Cloud, which provides users with a dedicated Oracle 11g or 12c database instance, Kurian said. The instance can be a single-node database, a single-node database with Oracle Data Guard availability and data protection technology, or Oracle RAC clustered nodes, he said.
While customers can run Oracle databases on their own data center infrastructure at a lower cost than in the Oracle Cloud, using the cloud offers advantages, Kurian said.
"With Oracle Database-as-a-Service, we take care of all the management for you," he said.
Oracle also introduced Java Cloud, which provides Oracle WebLogic Server clusters as a service for the deployment of Java applications.
"It's the same WebLogic you run on your premise," Kurian said. "You use all the same tools."
Both the Database Cloud and Java Cloud are available in three levels, Kurian said. At the basic level, customers get pre-configured, automatically installed instances. At the managed level, Oracle includes updates, patches and other management features. The maximum availability level further includes high-availability environments with clustering and RAC integration, and full disaster recovery, he said.
Also new is Storage Cloud, a cloud-based storage offering,, Kurian said. Customers can access the service via a user interface, or via a programmable interface using Java or the REST API. Oracle manages the service with regular backups of the data, and with dual or triple mirroring, he said.
Kurian also introduced Compute Cloud, which allows customers to package an application in a virtual machine and run it in the Oracle Cloud. Customers can choose CPU-heavy, memory-heavy or balanced templates for the service. Customers also can add high-availability features, and attach the Storage Cloud to the virtual machines, he said.