• Microsoft and Oracle announced a new alliance today that will see the two companies directly connect their clouds over a direct network connection so that their users can then move workloads and data seamlessly between the two. This alliance goes a bit beyond just basic direct connectivity and also includes identity interoperability. This kind of alliance is relatively unusual between what are essentially competing clouds, but while Oracle wants to be seen as a major player in this space, it also realizes that it isn’t likely to get to the size of an AWS, Azure or Google Cloud anytime soon. For Oracle, this alliance means that its users can run services like the Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle JD Edwards on Azure while still using an Oracle database in the Oracle cloud, for example. With that, Microsoft still gets to run the workloads and Oracle gets to do what it does best (though Azure users will also continue be able to run their Oracle databases in the Azure cloud, too). More via Techcrunch
  • February 27, 2019

    Oracle Losing Large Customers

    Larry Ellison’s Oracle has been feeling the pinch as of late with the recent loss of some huge contracts. Oracle who has always been known for its database application and has centered its business around big data buying companies like Sun, Micros, MySQL, and Virtualbox. While Oracle has always competed with Microsoft and IBM lately they have been feeling the pinch losing customers to cloud-based services despite offering their own cloud services. Oracle offers services like Microsoft Azure or Amazon AWS with their latest autonomous database and NoSQL database but the services have not gotten much traction for the company outside of existing users. Many people including myself cannot understand why Oracle can’t get traction in a market they created. Oracle took a big hit when Amazon made the announcement that they plan to move off Oracle completely by 2020. Not too long after that Salesforce made an announcement that they had a long term goal to move off of Oracle. Oracle this week took a hit when Warren Buffett sold off Berkshire’s 2.1 billion dollar stake in the Oracle. Most recently Oracle lost a 10 billion dollar contract to AWS Amazon Web Services from the Pentagon. Microsoft just has landed a huge $1.76 billion cloud computing contract from the U.S. Department of Defense under which it will provide an array of services to several agencies over the next five years. Oracle using purchases, contracts and application compatibility has managed to keep many customers on their platform but I am not sure for how long. Just like IBM they have their existing users and can use acquisitions to get more customers but their core business will not see much growth unless they can get a cloud product that can attract new customers instead just moving over existing ones which is not a...
  • November 29, 2017

    How to become a Cloud Engineer?

    Introduction Before jumping right into the skills required to become a cloud engineer, let’s learn what cloud engineering is all about. Cloud computing is a process of enabling/delivering computing resources as expandable, scalable, and perfectly elastic services over the internet. Applying engineering disciplines to cloud computing is termed as cloud engineering. It is a process of designing the systems that are essential to make the maximum use of the cloud resources’ power to solve business problems. The cloud services that cloud engineering focuses on are “infrastructure as a service”, “platform as a service”, and “software as a service”. Cloud Engineer The IT professional who is responsible for any technological responsibilities that are associated with cloud computing is known as a Cloud Engineer. The technological responsibilities include maintenance and support, management, planning, and design. The cloud engineer position includes multiple roles such as cloud security engineer, cloud systems engineer, cloud software engineer, cloud architect, and cloud network engineer. Each of these positions focuses on a particular kind of cloud computing instead of the entire technology. Skills Needed to Become a Cloud Engineer Cloud engineer is an evolutionary role for a new era in IT. They exhibit broad skills that go beyond any particular IT domain like storage, networking, or virtualisation. So, to succeed in the era of cloud computing, the IT professionals require a wide range of skills. One major way to acquire these skills is through cloud certifications. We will deal with them in the following section. Below here are some tips for IT professionals to gain cloud computing skills and make a lucrative cloud career. Know Cloud Computing Inside and Out The first thing an IT professional should do to become a cloud engineer is to master the major concepts of cloud computing. Start by learning the basics. Then,...