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Oracle’s Autonomous Cloud Push Has The Industry Taking Notice

‘The tech itself, the story assuming everything Larry said on stage is accurate, is actually pretty compelling,’ says analyst Daniel Newman, founding partner at Futurum Research.

Oracle says it’s building the only autonomous cloud on the market, but experts wonder if it will be enough to win the cloud war.

“Hearing that the technology works and that it’s more secure and you need less hands to deploy it only brings questions to my mind because earnings came out last week and revenues in OCI (Oracle Cloud Infrastructure) were somewhere negative to flat,” said analyst Daniel Newman, founding partner at Futurum Research.

Newman spoke to CRN at Oracle OpenWorld 2019 in San Francisco, where Oracle’s CTO and Co-Founder Larry Ellison announced Oracle’s Autonomous Linux operating system, taking its Autonomous Database to the next level.

“No human labor. No human error. No data loss. That’s a big difference between us and AWS.”

[Related: Larry Ellison's 15 Boldest Statements At Oracle OpenWorld]

Oracle also announced new integrations with Microsoft Azure and a new service with VMWare: “OCI is the "only cloud that will allow you to manage your own VMware stack," Ellison said. "Can lift and shift it intact to the Oracle Cloud, while using existing tools and procedures." Or an on-premises VMware environment can be linked up to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, he said.

“The tech itself, the story assuming everything Larry said on stage is accurate, is actually pretty compelling,” said Newman.

Oracle partners like HighJump, a Minneapolis, Minn.-based software developer, say the benefits behind Oracle’s cloud infrastructure ring true.

“What Oracle came to us with is a performance increase from our previous cloud partner of about 40 percent, a price reduction of about 25 percent and much happier customers in terms of enabling them to go to market much quicker,” said Rick Schrader, SVP of North America Sales at HighJump.

And, to help that success continue among its partner base, Oracle announced a new partner program at OpenWorld, driving partners to become highly focused in specialized areas.

“For every one of our tracks, partners receive cloud credit benefits equal to the amount to be in the track,” said Brian Hamel, Oracle’s SVP of the Cloud Business Group and North America Converged Infrastructure.

For more coverage from Oracle OpenWorld, watch CRN’s video.

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