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Oracle is planning to launch a new suite of cloud software products and services in the first week of June, billionaire chief exec Larry Ellison said. "We’re announcing the general availability of the Oracle Cloud: Platform as a Service, Database Service, Java Service and a bunch of applications," Ellison said during an onstage …

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Overused term...

The word "cloud" has been co-opted by so many disparate applications & uses that it ceases to have much meaning. Virtual web hosting, the likes of which I used 10 years ago would now be called "cloud web hosting" or something, your VMWare farm in your DC is now your "private cloud".

It's not so much cloud computing I dislike, it's the rampant drive to put the "cloud" label on anything and everything because it's hip & trendy. Then of course you get IT managers desperate to get on the bandwagon because it gives them something to talk about on the golf course, never mind if the strategy makes sense (to be clear - sometimes it makes perfect sense, other times it doesn't).

In this, at least, I can agree with Larry...

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Ah yes, "cloud"

Which, as Scott McNealy recently noted, is just a short way of saying "The network is the computer". Took Larry a while to get it...

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Re: Ah yes, "cloud"

That's pretty much nonsense...if anything young Lazzer came in right at the start...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_Computer

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Re: right at the start?!!

That wikipedia entry you point to quotes Ellison's Network Computer as dating fom 1996. Sun was using "The Network is the Computer" from 1984.

right at the start my ass...

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Re: right at the start?!!

fair enough...wasn't at the start....but was early on.

The cloud fanbois are only just understanding its value.

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Re: Ah yes, "cloud"

The "cloud" hype is an area where Larry actually is right. "Cloud" is a marketing innovation, not a technical innovation. Everyone has their own definition too... generally using more of whatever the vendor is selling = cloud.

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Joyent partnering?

I wonder if they'll be partnering with Joyent who has already built a cloud solution around OpenSolaris. I'd rather see something like that than another product. I don't see it happening, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed...

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Larry and the "cloud"

Larry is right is saying that the "cloud has already achieved dominance in the industry because we have redefined cloud to include everything we already do." Private "cloud" equals dynamic virtualization, provisioning automation, chargeback.... basically features which have been around since the 1970s mainframes. "Cloud" is only a revelation if you have had your head up Microsoft.

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