Salesforce.com’s Marc Benioff has just issued a challenge in the way of Database.com, an open source “in the cloud” database system. It’s supposed to be totally open, scalable and work beautifully with Salesforce.com. The skinny, it’s supposed to be a developer’s dream – open to any and all platforms from cloud to server; any language and any device.
So, is Oracle ready? Yes. Larry Ellison has it right. Cloud computing is not something you dive into by moving your sensitive information “into the cloud”. No matter what assurances exist, moving too quickly often leads to security vulnerabilities. Oracle’s Exalogic is only Oracle’s first step into the world of cloud.