So what do you get after this 20 minutes of waiting? It depends on what you ordered ;-). Within the Oracle Public Cloud (OPC), the following options are available:
- an Oracle Database Cloud Service
- a Java Cloud Service
- a Social Connect Cloud Service, based on WebCenter
- some Fusion Applications Cloud Services: CRM and HCM.
The Oracle Database Cloud Service
The Oracle Database runs on Exadata. Within a database you get your own schema(s) and tablespace(s), so while the database itself is shared with others, all data is partitioned and caged. To enhance security, Transparent Data Encryption will be switched on, and DataVault might also be used (still under consideration). You can connect to the database over http, rest and JDBC. You can order a small, medium or large service - ranging from 50 up to 250 GB storage space. The data transfer is limited to 6 times the storage.
When using this service it might be important where your data is stored (for instance when you don`t want to expose your data under the American Patriot Act). Therefore, next to the current datacenter in Austin (TX), an European center will be opened in Edinburgh, and more local centers are planned.
You can access the database via the APEX Listener, using RESTful web services. So any language that "speaks" REST, can use this service. Another option is to sign up for an APEX environment. Within a few minutes, you can start developing or deploying your APEX application in the cloud. Similar to apex.oracle.com, but in this environment you are allowed to run production applications!
The Oracle Java Cloud Service
With the Oracle Java Cloud Service (OJCS) you get your own - prebuilt - Oracle Virtual Machine on an ExaLogic server. This OVM contains one or more WebLogic 11g servers. Just like the database counterpart, this environment will be (almost) instantly available and easy to use and manage. When signing up, or later, you can associate your OJCS with an Oracle Database Cloud Service or a Fusion Application Cloud Service. There will be a pre-built integration with Fusion Apps.
When signing up for one or more of these services, you can have a onetime free trial for 30 days. After that trial period (or immediately if you like), you will be charged per month for the services you`re signed up for. Both the Java and the Oracle Cloud Service comes in small, medium and large - and it is possible to up or downgrade. According to Oracle the pricing will be "competitive" - whatever that may mean...
Before this all goes live, there will be an Early Access period.
Apart from the Cloud Services itself, also a lot of tools will be "cloud enabled". There will be cloud add-ons for Eclipse and JDeveloper, Enterprise Manager will get a Cloud Control feature and SQL Developer 3.1 will have cloud support as well for up- and downloading data (using REST web services or using the new "Data Pump for the cloud".
So who`s this all for? I think the small version of the services could be very interesting for setting up a development environment within minutes. No need to order hard- an software when starting a project, or to reserve your space in the "private cloud" of your own company.
The medium and large versions are targeted at test or production systems. But with the current size limit, only small and medium businesses - or isolated departmental applications, can use this. And therefore it`s not only a competitor for Google and Amazon, but also for the smaller hosting companies. But that will be dependent on the price...
More information an sign up - when the time is there - on cloud.oracle.com!
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