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Oracle CloudWorld 2022: Ellison Says An ‘Internet Of Clouds’ Is Imperative

Wade Tyler Millward

‘The clouds should be interconnected. And you can mix and match services from multiple clouds. Customers choosing the service that best meets their needs. The garden walls come tumbling down,’ Oracle co-founder and CTO Larry Ellison said this week.

Oracle ‘Got The Memo’ On Snowflake

Most customers use multiple clouds. … They use a couple of infrastructure providers, but they often use several application cloud providers. So companies are already dealing with multiple providers, buying applications, buying infrastructure in the cloud.

And the fact that this is happening is changing the behavior of technology providers. … The first thing that happened as people used multiple clouds is that service providers started deploying new services in multiple clouds.

Maybe, most famously, is Snowflake. The Snowflake data warehouse system runs in AWS. It runs in [Microsoft] Azure. It runs in Google. And Oracle got the memo. We noticed. And we actually thought that was a good idea. The fact that cloud services were portable.

Very much the way, in the previous generation of technology, we had the Oracle database running on different operating systems. It ran on mainframes and minicomputers and PCs and all of that.

So now Snowflake said, ‘Well, that was a good idea. I’ll adopt that in this new generation of technology for the cloud, and I’ll run in a variety of clouds.’

When Oracle delivered its super-fast version of MySQL, called MySQL HeatWave, we decided not to just deliver it inside the Oracle Cloud, but also make it available to AWS users and also make it available to Azure users.

So same idea [as Snowflake’s business model], taking a service and making it available in multiple clouds. That’s better than nothing. But a bigger idea would be why don’t we just interconnect the clouds themselves?

Why don’t we connect up all of the major clouds? So if you’re in one cloud, you can easily use a service in another cloud. The customers have choices. It’s kind of an internet of clouds, if you will, or multi-cloud.

And we think that’s where the world is going. And it all began with Microsoft and Oracle working together to build a high-speed interconnect to connect our cloud data centers to their cloud data centers.

 
Wade Tyler Millward

Wade Tyler Millward is an associate editor covering cloud computing and the channel partner programs of Microsoft, IBM, Red Hat, Oracle, Salesforce, Citrix and other cloud vendors. He can be reached at wmillward@thechannelcompany.com.

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