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Oracle OpenWorld 2011 Wrap-up

We’re just back from Oracle OpenWorld where we participated as a Gold level member of the Oracle PartnerNetwork. The 5-day event consisted of over 2,000 educational sessions, 400 product demos, exhibitions from 450 partners showcasing applications, middleware, database, server and storage systems, industries, management, and infrastructure—all engineered for innovation. This event was dedicated to helping businesses optimize existing systems and understand upcoming technology breakthroughs, drawing more than 45,000 attendees from all over the globe.

It was impossible to attend all the sessions, but I managed to see Larry Ellison’s opening keynote and a couple of great executive sessions including Fujitsu’s, Goro Watanabe, presenting on Japan’s earthquake/tsunami recovery and the World’s #1 Supercomputer, and Price Waterhouse’s “Engaging the Digital Consumer”. These two sessions, along with Larry Ellison’s closing keynote on Wednesday, 10/5, can be seen on-demand here.

Probably the most talked about session at this year’s event was Salesforce Marc Benioff’s keynote, which, at the very last minute, was cancelled then rescheduled to Thursday AM—a day/time when likely most of the attendees had already made their way to SFO airport and back to their respective cities.

I happened to have already left myself when the brouhaha transpired, but I did manage to catch Benioff’s live stream of his very own shindig addressing the public about the cloud from the St. Regis Hotel, directly across from the Oracle OpenWorld complex. You can watch it on demand here (advance slider to :30 for start of presentation).

Certainly Larry Ellison was not going to be upstaged by Benioff, so at his closing keynote on Wednesday, he introduced the Oracle Public Cloud.

“At the lowest level it is both a platform-as-a-service and application-as-a-service. The key difference is our cloud is based on industry standards and supports full interoperability with other clouds and with your data center on premise. Just because you go to the cloud, doesn’t mean you forget everything you’ve learned about information technology over the last 20 years.”

—Larry Ellison, Co-founder & CEO of Oracle Corporation

Read more about Oracle’s public cloud here.

Cloud computing is all the rage

The cloud and big data were certainly some of the most talked about topics at this year’s Oracle OpenWorld. The concept of the cloud is fairly easy to grasp, but what exactly are its features and benefits? Why is it so valuable and preferable for the future?

With the cloud, businesses and individuals are now free to make their own decisions about how to store and move their (big) data, which applications to use, which hardware to run those applications on, and which security policies to apply to protect their data and applications.

The cloud enables a vast ecosystem of software companies to build software products that are more secure, better performing, more scalable, and better connected than ever before. For this reason, cloud computing will be a bonanza for consumers and businesses of all sizes.

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