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Where SOA Meets Cloud

David Linthicum

Defending Larry Ellison

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As recently reported, many feel that Larry Ellison has moved from cloud computing skeptic to cloud computing lover, and thus is a bit of a charlatan.

"After Ellison's colorful rants about the cloud's absurdity, idiocy, and nonsense, Oracle's expanding its cloud technology, advocacy, and marketing.

After all the showmanship and on-stage theatrics, it really comes down to this: Larry Ellison is allowing his company to love the cloud because orange is the new pink for Oracle."

First of all I'm not sure that Larry's rant on YouTube was really about hating the cloud. I found it to be truthful in many respects, considering that cloud computing is in essence an emerging pattern of computing that's largely based on much older patterns of computing. In short, he's right to push back on the hype, and the fact that what cloud computing is, is indeed very old and very new.

Second, Oracle has had had some hooks in the clouds for some time. While clearly not a major cloud computing provider, could be pretty quick considering the amount of resources they have to leverage. If you're going to hate Oracle, there is a long list of traditional enterprise software companies that are "cloud washing" like crazy now-a-days, make sure to include them.

Finally, the cloud revolution is not revolution at all. It's an evolution in how we think about, and deploy IT infrastructure. The use of cloud computing is a logical conclusion to a long journey that we've been on for decades. Larry Ellison sees that as much as anybody else.

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This blog is your first step toward understanding the issues you will face as cloud computing and SOA converge. The movement to cloud computing is a disruptive change that IT departments will soon face as SOA and cloud computing begin to have an effect on the modern enterprise. IT managers must learn how to give as well as take information in this new, shareable environment, while still protecting their company's interests. Innovative companies will take advantage of these new resources and reinvent themselves as unstoppable forces in their markets. Those who don't take advantage of this revolution will become quickly outdated, perhaps out of business.

David Linthicum

David Linthicum is the CTO of Blue Mountain Labs, and an internationally known distributed computing and application integration expert. View more

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