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November 10, 2016


Eric Singer

I've been trying to say this to my buddy (MS Azure pre-sales architect) for year and he doesn't get it (or ignores it). What I've found even worse, is that C level IT leadership just doesn't seem to get it either.

That said, I'm not a fan of Oracle (in any way) so I'm not cheering for your cloud solution. Sadly, I'm sure Oracle would be a great solution, but they've tarnished themselves as an untrustworthy / mafia like IT vendor. Its hard to imagine an IT vendor being hated worse than MS, but Oracle found a way to do it in spades. It doesn't matter what blog I go to, or who I speak with, Oracle hate spews forth with reckless abandon. Even if Oracle were to turn around their whole philosophy, it will take at least a decade before people are willing to forgive and reevaluate them. In that time, I could easily see AWS or MS being able to accommodate enterprise IT. Its really not a matter of "can they" rather do they want to.

Despite that, the concepts you've put forth lately about the lack of enterprise understanding in the public cloud are spot on.

Chuck Hollis

Thanks for your comments, Eric.

When it comes to large, successful IT vendors, you can always find supporters and detractors. That's reality.

I think the smart IT people look beyond the casual perceptions, understand what these vendors bring to the table, and how that's different than other alternatives.

The reason I came to Oracle was simple: I believed they had a unique approach to solving a huge enterprise IT challenge: how do I get to a cloud model without starting over?

Thanks again

-- Chuck

Michael Endrizzi

I was standing on a chair cheering for you like a rock star singing his hit single. This is the crux of the private/hybrid/public cloud migration and only a few people get it. You are a digital poet.

"My App Is Slow" -- How would you think AWS/Azure/etc would answer the phone to this question? At least when the enterprise controls the infrastructure there is a management structure in place to force techies to untangle the spaghetti.

Dan Fisher

Well said Chuck. I especially liked the quote "Untangling the components incrementally, and attempting to move them to a public cloud model one at a time, is turning out to be far harder than it might look to be on vendor PowerPoint." How true it is! It is interesting to note that the Oracle Cloud is unique in that regard. When placed side-by-side, clearly one of these Clouds is not like the others. Still, it's Public Cloud, and that scares (and confuses) a lot of people.

So, if Public Cloud is not the best fit, there are few other choices left. The No Cloud option (Infrastructure as Usual) and the Private Cloud option (Infrastructure as a Service - but you have to build the service yourself). I know you're not a fan of the Private Cloud model but I still see it as a viable alternative to Public Cloud offerings. A variation of the Private Cloud may be what Gartner calls 'Cloud Inspired' architectures? Perhaps not a true cloud but still allows for infrastructure choice with some automation/orchestration thrown in making a few things simpler? This is probably where most shops will end up as they wrestle with cloud, shrinking budgets, and demands for more transparency and flexibility. Oracle has a few offerings in this space too, so I think they are just hedging their bets a little on the fickle imaginations of Enterprise IT.

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Chuck Hollis

  • Chuck Hollis
    SVP, Oracle Converged Infrastructure Systems

    Chuck now works for Oracle, and is now deeply embroiled in IT infrastructure.

    Previously, he was with VMware for 2 years, and EMC for 18 years before that, most of them great.

    He enjoys speaking to customer and industry audiences about a variety of technology topics, and -- of course -- enjoys blogging.

    Chuck lives in Vero Beach, FL with his wife and four dogs when he's not traveling. In his spare time, Chuck is working on his second career as an aging rock musician.

    Warning: do not ever buy him a drink when there is a piano nearby.

    Note: these are my personal views, and aren't reviewed or approved by my employer.
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