miércoles, 28 de enero de 2015

Samsung y Oracle se unirían en la entrega de nubes móviles

Oracle y Samsung Electronics supuestamente se han unido en una nueva alianza a través de la cual trabajarían juntos para ofrecer servicios de nube móviles.
En un encuentro el pasado jueves, Mark Hurd, coCEO de Oracle, y Shin Jong-kyun, jefe de la división móvil de Samsung Electronics, se reunieron en Seúl para discutir los detalles de la unión, la cual estará dirigida a ayudar a Oracle a mejorar las soluciones de nube de base de datos y al mismo tiempo a enriquecer las oportunidades con clientes empresariales de Samsung, de acuerdo a un reporte del lunes en The Korea Times. Samsung ya se encuentra asociada con Microsoft y SAP.
Recientemente, ha negado reportes que sugieren que ofreció comprar BlackBerry, a pesar de que ha admitido que le gustaría profundizar su relación con el fabricante canadiense. Oracle declinó comentar para esta nota. Samsung no respondió a las solicitudes de comentarios. En el reporte de ganancias del segundo trimestre fiscal del 2015 en diciembre, Oracle anunció que los ingresos por software y nube en general se incrementaron 5% a 7,3 mil millones de dólares, mientras que los ingresos por Software como servicio, plataforma como servicio e infraestructura como servicio (SaaS, PaaS y IaaS, por sus siglas en inglés, respectivamente) se incrementaron 45% a 516 millones de dólares.
Una relación entre Oracle y Samsung podría tener similitudes estratégicas con la recientemente creada alianza entre IBM y Apple, sostuvo Charles King, analista principal de Pund-IT. “Esto podría ser especialmente importante para Oracle, si los rumores acerca de que Samsung quiere a BlackBerry son ciertos, indicó King. “Aunque BlackBerry es la sombra de lo que alguna vez fue, la compañía aún tiene presencia en grandes organizaciones privadas y del sector público en donde a Oracle y Samsung les encantaría hacer negocios móviles.
Dado el rápido ingreso de los dispositivos móviles en el terreno empresarial en general, la consumerización de la tecnología es otro motivador fundamental, sostuvo Ray Wang, fundador y analista principal de Constellation Research. “Muchas organizaciones aún se encuentran pensando en cómo administrar todos estos dispositivos, señaló Wang. A través de una alianza con Samsung, Oracle obtendría una mayor distribución de su software junto con oportunidades para ingresar al mercado de consumo. Mientras tanto el canal de dispositivos de Samsung ofrece precios mucho más asequibles para los mercados emergentes, indicó el analista. Para Samsung los márgenes son mucho mayores en el lado de la empresa que cuando ofrecen dispositivos a los consumidores.
En el futuro, quedaría por ver en qué medida Oracle puede convencer a sus actuales clientes de que adopten servicios móviles de nube. “Aunque el software tradicional de Oracle se encuentra profundamente incorporado en muchos negocios, sus esfuerzos y estrategias de nube son menos claras, y la compañía es percibida como alguien que llegó tarde en comparación con otros actores más dinámicos, sostuvo King. “En general, aunque una alianza entre Oracle y Samsung es realmente interesante, quedan muchas más preguntas que respuestas por el momento.
Katherine Noyes, IDG News Service

Critical GHOST vulnerability affects most Linux Systems

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Ghost-linux-security-vulnerability
A highly critical vulnerability has been unearthed in the GNU C Library (glibc), a widely used component of most Linux distributions, that could allow attackers to execute malicious code on servers and remotely gain control of Linux machines.

The vulnerability, dubbed "GHOST" and assigned CVE-2015-0235, was discovered and disclosed by the security researchers from Redwood Shores, California-based security firm Qualys on Tuesday.
CRITICAL AS HEARTBLEED AND SHELLSHOCK
GHOST is considered to be critical because hackers could exploit it to silently gain complete control of a targeted Linux system without having any prior knowledge of system credentials (i.e. administrative passwords).
The flaw represents an immense Internet threat, in some ways similar to the Heartbleed, Shellshock and Poodle bugs that came to light last year.
 
WHY GHOST ?
The vulnerability in the GNU C Library (glibc) is dubbed GHOST because it can be triggered by the library's gethostbyname family of functions. Glibc is a repository of open-source software written in the C and C++ coding languages that defines system calls.
 
The problem actual originates from a heap-based buffer overflow found in the __nss_hostname_digits_dots() function in glibc. This function is especially invoked by the _gethostbyname and gethostbyname2() function calls.

According to the researchers, a remote attacker has ability to call either of these functions which could allow them to exploit the vulnerability in an effort to execute arbitrary code with the permissions of the user running the application.

EXPLOIT CODE
In an attempt to highlight the severity of the risk, security researchers were able to write proof-of-concept exploit code that is capable to carry out a full-fledged remote code execution attack against the Exim mail server.

The researcher’s exploit able to bypass all existing exploit protections (like ASLR, PIE and NX) available on both 32-bit and 64-bit systems, including position independent executions, address space layout randomization and no execute protections.

Using the exploit, an attacker is able to craft malicious emails that could automatically compromise a vulnerable server without the email even being opened, according to Amol Sarwate, director of engineering with Qualys.

So far, the company has not published the exploit code to the public but eventually it plans to make the exploit available as a Metasploit module.

VERSIONS AFFECTED
The vulnerability affects versions of glibc as far back as glibc-2.2, which was released in 2000.
"Unfortunately, it was not recognized as a security threat; as a result, most stable and long-term-support distributions were left exposed (and still are): Debian 7 (wheezy), Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 & 7, CentOS 6 & 7, Ubuntu 12.04, for example," researchers from Qualys said in an advisory published Tuesday.
FIXES AVAILABLE FOR SOME LINUX DISTRIBUTIONS
However, major distributors of the Linux operating system, including Red Hat, Debian and Ubuntu, updated their software on Tuesday to thwart the serious cyber threat. In order to update systems, core functions or the entire affected server reboot is required.

Red Hat, the No. 1 provider of Linux software to businesses, recommends its customers to update their systems "as soon as possible to mitigate any potential risk."

lunes, 26 de enero de 2015

Google deja a muchos usuarios de Android expuestos a hackeos

Un ejecutivo de Google confirma que no hay planes para corregir un problema de seguridad en el navegador por defecto de las versiones más viejas de Android.
La gente que usa teléfonos y tabletas que corren Android 4.3 Jelly Bean o anterior quedarán expuestos a un fallo de seguridad en el navegador por defecto.
La gente que tiene teléfonos y tabletas que corren las versiones más viejas del sistema operativo Android -- que representan a 60 por ciento de todos los usuarios de Android -- tendrán que vivir con un fallo de seguridad que Google ha decidido no corregir.
Un conocido problema de seguridad en el navegador Web -- sin nombre, que corre por defecto -- instalado en Android 4.3 Jelly Bean y versiones anteriores del sistema operativo móvil de Google se quedará sin ser reparado, como escribió el jefe de seguridad de Android en una entrada de Google+ el viernes.
"Mantener el software actualizado es uno de los mayores retos para la seguridad", escribió Adrian Ludwig. Debido a que el app del navegador está basado en una versión del motor WebKit, que tiene más de dos años, corregir la vulnerabilidad en Android Jelly Bean y versiones anteriores "ya no es práctico hacerlo de forma segura", escribió.
El sábado, Google confirmó que la entrada de Ludwig representa la posición oficial de la empresa.
La decisión de la compañía ha molestado a los expertos en seguridad, a quienes les preocupa que los hackers podrán atacar fácilmente a cientos a millones de personas que usan teléfonos y tabletas con versiones viejas de Android. Ludwig dice que la cantidad de gente que potencialmente se puede ver afectada por la vulnerabilidad está "reduciéndose todos los días". Pero para los profesionales de la seguridad, no está cayendo lo suficientemente rápido.
Según los propios números de uso de Android de Google, el 39.1 por ciento de los teléfonos y tabletas corren una versión más nueva que no está afectada: Android 4.4 KitKat. La versión más reciente del sistema operativo, lanzada en noviembre, abarca menos de una décima de 1 por ciento de los dispositivos Android en uso. Eso significa que cerca del 60 por ciento de los dispositivos Android corren versiones del sistema operativo que incluyen por defecto al susceptible navegador.

Oracle Hot Topics: Missing pdksh-5.2.14 package during Oracle database 11.2.0.4 install on Oracle Linux 7

Knowledge Articles

Knowledge Article
Product Area
Last Updated
Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition
Sun, 25 Jan 2015 05:32 GMT-06:00


"This message contains information according to the preferences you set in My Oracle Support. To modify your settings or to turn off this automated message, login to My Oracle Support (http://support.oracle.com) and click on 'More' -> 'Settings' -> 'Hot Topics E-mail'" My Oracle Support

Arrow añade los servicios y aplicaciones cloud de Oracle en ArrowSphere

Arrow firma con Oracle un acuerdo para la distribución de sus servicios cloud a través de ArrowSphere, su plataformas de servicios en la nube.

Arrow ha añadido los servicios Oracle Cloud a su propia plataforma de servicios cloud, ArrowSphere, ha explicado el mayorista a través de un comunicado publicado a través de Business Wire en el que se asegura que el objetivo de Oracle es ayudar a su comunidad de partners a conseguir nuevas oportunidades e ingresos gracias al cloud.

ArrowSphere
Del lado de Arrow, el objetivo es contar con la oferta cloud más completa del mercado, por lo que este acuerdo representa un añadido importante a los proveedores de soluciones que buscas ascender en el mercado, explica Sean Kerins, presidente de Global Enterprise Computing Solutions de Arrow.

Según el acuerdo, Arrow ofrecerá las aplicaciones, programas cloud y servicios a través de su plataforma de servicios cloud ArroSphere.

ArrowSphere contecta proveedored de soluciones y servicios gestionados y vendedores de software independientes de todo el mundo con una oferta de servicios cloud vanguardistas. La plataforma permite crear tiendas online personalizadas a través de las cuales los proveedores de soluciones pueden presentar ofertas cloud autorizadas por Arrow, además de las suyas propias, a los clientes, explica la compañía. “Esto facilita la centralización de la facturación y el aprovisionamiento”, añade.

Para Brice Shumley, vicepresidente global de canal y alianzas de Oracle, el acuerdo con Arrow no sólo ayuda a extender el alcance de su oferta cloud, sino que ofrece, tanto a los clientes como al canal de revendedores, “la oportunidad de trabajar con expertos cualificados en sus mercados locales. Con ello ganamos todos”.

viernes, 23 de enero de 2015

UCENFOTEC: Divertite y crea un juego experimental GLOBAL GAME JAM 2015

Los esperamos hoy viernes 23 de enero desde las 7:00 p.m. hasta el domingo 25 a las 7:00 p.m.
Para mayor información escribir a igdacostarica@gmail.com o bien pbrenes@uCenfotec.ac.cr


Oracle galardona a empresa de consultoría costarricense por su innovación e impacto tecnológico

Oracle galardona a empresa de consultoría costarricense por su innovación e impacto tecnológico

Global Solutions Group es ganador del Oracle Consulting Partners Awards Latin America 2014 en la categoría de Mejor implementación ERP de Partners 2014 por su participación en importantes proyectos de Consulting Costa Rica.

San José, Costa Rica. – Enero 23 de 2015.

Resumen
·       Oracle entregó los Latin America Consulting Awards 2014, distinción que reconoce en Latinoamérica a los mejores proyectos del área de servicios de consultoría de la compañía.
·       Este año por primera vez en Latinoamérica, Oracle Consulting reconoció a los “partners”  que participaron en conjunto con proyectos exitosos. Fue galardonada la empresa Global Solutions Group.

Novedades
·Oracle entregó a la empresa costarricense Global Solutions Group el premio a la Mejor implementación Oracle ERP de Partners 2014, en el marco del Oracle Consulting Partners Awards Latin America 2014. El galardón reconoce la participación de la compañía en destacados proyectos de Consultoría en el país así como por la innovación de soluciones y servicios especializados basados en el software y hardware de Oracle.

·       Cada año se hace entrega de los Oracle Consulting Partners Awards Latin America como una manera de distinguir los proyectos de sus clientes de consultoría que destacaron en las implementaciones de sus soluciones más innovadoras en las diferentes líneas de productos Oracle.
·       Oracle Consulting es la división de Oracle especializada en Servicios de Consultoría sobre aplicaciones. Especializada en proyectos de alcance global, la complejidad de los mismos le obliga a contar con la colaboración de los mejores partners de cada país, atendiendo siempre a unos estrictos parámetros de calidad y especialización.

Citas de apoyo

·       “Tener el reconocimiento de nuestro socio de negocios Oracle, nos hace sentir orgullosos de nuestra empresa. Por supuesto, cuenten con nuestro compromiso de siempre en los proyectos que muestran esa capacidad de trabajo en equipo que tenemos ustedes y nosotros”, dijo Sergio Mendoza Echeverría, Gerente Comercial de Global Solutions Group.
·       “Este año, por primera vez en Latinoamérica, Oracle Consulting reconoce a los “partners” que participaron en conjunto con Oracle en proyectos exitosos. Los partners son reconocidos por su calidad, compromiso y colaboración en el éxito de los proyectos. Es un honor para Oracle Consulting  premiar a nuestros mejores partners  del 2014”, comentó Juan Carlos Gutiérrez, VP Consultoría Latinoamérica y Caribe.

Acerca de Oracle
Oracle diseña hardware y software para trabajar conjuntamente en la nube y en su centro de datos. Para mayor información acerca de Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visite www.oracle.com.

Marcas Registradas
Oracle y Java son marcas registradas de Oracle y/o sus afiliados. Otros nombres pueden ser marcas registradas de sus respectivos dueños.

OPN News Just for Partners January 23rd 2014

JANUARY 23rd 2014
Specialized. Recognized by Oracle.
Preferred by Customers.

OPN News Just for Partners
A summary of the latest news from
Oracle PartnerNetwork


     
Oracle Media Network
Stay Connected
OPN on PartnerCast

 

Join Oracle and IDC as they kick off the Cloud Platform Online Forum on January 28 at 10am PT with a keynote led by IDC analyst Robert Mahowald. Learn how to rapidly build, deploy, manage and secure rich applications while using an integrated cloud platform built on the industry’s #1 Database and Application Server. Register to attend this live online event according to your specialty or line of business: architect, DBA, IT manager, developer, or applications IT 


Replays of each segment are now available on Oracle Media Network. Topics include:
·         NAS Channel Update
Are you up-to-date on all of our partner-focused webcasts and podcasts? Check out the PartnerCast homepage which features our upcoming live event schedule and on-demand replays in both audio and video formats


Oracle's Software in Silicon Cloud lets OPN members test Oracle’s new SPARC technology, functioning as a beta test site for the upcoming SPARC M7 processor. Review the January blog post for more information!


Platinum and Diamond partners can save $2,000 and $3,000, respectively, on program fees for Oracle Validated Integration, OPN’s “go-to-market” program for partners with solutions that extend Oracle Applications. View the program brochure and OPN Benefits Table for more information.


Software in Silicon Cloud is a new revolutionary technology with security, database and increased capacity benefits. ISV partners and enterprise developers can request early access to Software in Silicon by watching this short video. Watch the replay of
the webinar offered by ISV Engineering on January 21 at 8am PST. Learn how to use the new Software in Silicon Cloud to dramatically improve reliability and security and accelerate application performance.


The new MySQL Sales Kit is now available for download. Uncover ways to take advantage of MySQL Enterprise Edition’s key attributes for Web and SaaS/Cloud adoption and success! 





 Contact Us
 Get Resources



Public Cloud: The Next Frontier for Enterprise Architecture

By Peter Heller, Senior Director, Enterprise Architecture Marketing, Oracle

Establishing an Effective Architecture for Cloud Deployments

Part of the Oracle Experiences in Enterprise Architecture article series
January 2015
The public cloud has typically been outside of the domain of enterprise architects. On the surface, it is considered an external silo where procurement decisions have been driven by line of business executives. For example, software as a service (SaaS) applications are often procured by a particular department or line of business, not always with the involvement of the IT department. Similarly, infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) solutions may be acquired by a small development group and used independently from other IT infrastructure and platforms. Because these cloud assets are typically chosen to serve a single purpose and decisions were driven largely outside the IT department, they have historically not been deemed worthy of an enterprise architect's attention.
However, this state of affairs is changing rapidly as customers increasingly embrace cloud computing. Enterprise architects are called on not only to review public cloud implementations but also to understand how best to integrate new cloud offerings with existing on-premises information systems. Most companies will have a combination of assets combining public cloud SaaS, PaaS and IaaS with their existing on-premises systems. Enterprise architects therefore face a new set of challenges as they figure out how to integrate these systems with each other.
Attendees at the 2014 Oracle Enterprise Architecture Summit were pleased to have Thomas Kurian discuss these issues. As Executive Vice President of Product Development at Oracle Corporation, Kurian is responsible for leading all aspects of Oracle's product strategy and has been deeply involved in the development of Oracle's public cloud offerings: Software-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service, and Infrastructure-as-a-Service.
Today's enterprise architects face a shifting set of circumstances, Kurian explained. In the next two years, a growing number of companies plan to move key parts of their computing workloads to public clouds to take advantage of lights-out automated software provisioning and management, rapid project implementation, elastic scalability, and subscription-based pricing models. To keep up with consumer demand, IT has become an external service broker. In some cases IT pros have been forced to support heterogeneous cloud "silos" that may have proprietary methods of security, integration, management, and governance. These trends are forcing core IT departments to formalize enterprise governance and enterprise architecture to mitigate risk.

Challenges in integrating On-premises Systems with Public Cloud SaaS

Kurian went on to talk about the SaaS market, which has seen enormous growth. Oracle added 22,000 Oracle Cloud customers in about three years, which adds up to 62 million users. Oracle Cloud processes 23 billion transactions per day and handles 450 PB of data. The most popular cloud apps include CRM and HR. ERP apps in the cloud are also growing fast: 20 of Oracle's 30 largest ERP customers are moving their corporate systems to the cloud, Kurian said.
Most of these customers deploy these apps very quickly: from the time they purchase the SaaS licenses until the time they go live averages eight weeks for CRM installations. "Many Fortune companies run their enterprise applications in Oracle Cloud because of this rapid ramp-up and the proven flexibility to migrate application users between public and private environments," he added.
The enterprise architects attending the summit were quick to recognize the value of Oracle's cloud strategy due to its adherence to open standards. In general there are four key considerations that enterprise architects will need to keep in mind when integrating on-premises systems with public cloud software-as-a-service offerings:
  • Integrating Data – Enterprise Architects need to understand how to move data to and from their public cloud software-as-a-service applications and their on-premises systems. They need to understand which tools to use to extract data from these systems, what technologies can be used to transfer data securely, and how to handle differences in business rules and validation constraints between the two types of systems.
  • Integrating Business Processes – Enterprise Architects need to understand which business processes will extend across cloud and on-premises systems, what integration technology to use to best automate business processes across the two types of environments, and how best to test business processes when cloud SaaS offerings are upgraded.
  • Integrating User Identity and Security – Enterprise Architects need to understand how best to manage user identity and access control between on-premises systems and cloud SaaS offerings to ensure that users are only allowed to access the systems that they are authorized to access. Within those cloud systems they should only be able to execute transactions and view data that they are authorized to see. These permissions should be enforced via their existing corporate security credentials such as single sign-on usernames and passwords.
  • Integrating Business Intelligence – Enterprise Architects need to understand how best to blend data between cloud systems and on-premises systems to provide their lines of business with a consistent view of business intelligence across these sources.
Oracle offers clear capability and design patterns to help Enterprise Architects address each of these challenges and also provides best-in-class technology to enable them to solve these challenges. Furthermore, since Oracle Public Cloud SaaS offerings are designed on a common architecture, users obtain an integrated view of business intelligence assets, which avoids fragmented data and business processes. Finally, because the Oracle Cloud SaaS offerings are built on a common architecture and standards-based technology platform, they provide a consistent way for Enterprise Architects to solve challenges across ERP, HCM, and CRM domains rather than requiring distinct architectural and technological approaches for each of these offerings.

Challenges in integrating On-premises Systems with Public Cloud IaaS and PaaS

Customers are rapidly adopting public cloud IaaS and PaaS offerings for a variety of reasons, especially the following: 
  • For test-development environments
  • For departmental applications
  • For business critical applications
  • To store and archive data in a cost-effective manner
  • For "spill-over" capacity to enable elastic scalability
  • To modernize hardware infrastructure
Next Kurian spoke about the challenges that Enterprise Architects must consider when integrating on-premises systems with public cloud PaaS and IaaS. There are four key factors to keep in mind:
  • Moving Data – Enterprise Architects need to understand how to move data to and from their public cloud PaaS offerings and their on-premises systems. Oracle recommends using Oracle Data Pump to securely extract and transfer data, both to and from these systems. This utility is familiar to all Oracle DBAs thereby ensuring that they do not have to learn a different set of skills to use Oracle PaaS systems.
  • Moving Enterprise Applications – Enterprise Architects need to also understand how to move be-spoke and packaged applications between their on-premises systems and the public cloud. Oracle Public Cloud PaaS supports important standards such as Javascript, Java SE, and Java EE, allowing developers to use Eclipse, NetBeans, or Oracle JDeveloper to move applications between their on-premises systems and Oracle Public Cloud PaaS simply by changing a few configuration parameters--without modifying any source code.
  • Integrating User Identity and Security – Enterprise Architects need to understand how best to manage user identities and enforce access control constraints between on-premises systems and cloud PaaS offerings. Having a cohesive set of identity management practices will ensure that users are only allowed to access the cloud systems for which they have been authorized. Within those cloud systems they should only be able to execute transactions and view data that they are authorized to see. These permissions should be enforced via their existing corporate security credentials such as single sign-on usernames and passwords. Oracle Public Cloud PaaS is based on industry standards such as SAML2.0 and OAuth2.0 to enable users to federate identity and single-sign on between their on-premises systems and Public Cloud PaaS. Furthermore, because Oracle's on-premises and public cloud PaaS offerings are governed by a centralized identity management system, organizations can use the same directory to authorize users within both types of systems. When employees leave the company an administrator simply removes them from the on-premises directory and their rights to access public cloud assets will be revoked as well.
  • Integrating Monitoring and DevOps Tools – Enterprise Architects need a unified set of monitoring tools that lets them manage on-premises systems and cloud offerings from a single pane of glass. Oracle Enterprise Manager enables this portability between on-premises and public cloud environments. In addition, Oracle's support for standards such as Openstack, Chef and Puppet allows system administrators to use popular DevOps tools, recipes, and APIs to create information systems that span on-premises and public cloud IaaS and PaaS environments. Oracle customers can learn one set of technologies and train one unified team to develop, deploy, and manage technology assets both on-premises and in Oracle Cloud.
"Oracle's platform services target developers, IT organizations, and line of business people with a common set of offerings built on a common infrastructure," Kurian confirmed. "For example there is a single place to manage identity in the cloud. There is a single set of operational SLAs that guarantee it. And there is a single place to determine how to handle data residency. IT organizations will see consistency from one service to the next. These are all integrated solutions."
By providing a broad and integrated suite of cloud offerings covering IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS that is based on a common architecture, Oracle simplifies many challenges for line of business users and for Enterprise Architects. For example if the marketing department wants a data mart to analyze campaign results, and the IT department is too busy to provision it, the marketing manager can simply go to Oracle Cloud, enter a purchase order, and Oracle database and business intelligence tools will be provisioned within half an hour. Business users can immediately load and analyze the data. Enterprise Architects do not have to learn two different sets of technologies to provision users, and these people will enjoy single sign-on access to business intelligence applications and data, no matter where these assets reside.

A Need for Long Term Foresight

The new architecture frontier includes an intersection of public and private clouds. On-premises information systems are not going away although they are becoming more "cloud like": they often are configured in a private cloud architecture that consists of pooled, clustered resources that are virtualized and shared. Public cloud providers are also part of this enterprise ecosystem. Like all IT investments, cloud investments need to have the right ROI over the long and short term. In that sense, meeting enterprise requirements involves much more than just "turning on" a public service. These services must support seamless business processes that mitigate risk. They require organizational, operational, and architectural foresight. Enterprise architects can help their organizations avoid the point-to-point integration nightmares that many organizations faced 5 to 10 years ago when they were struggling to integrate best-of-breed applications within the data center.
Whether customers choose a private, public, or hybrid cloud, when they work with Oracle they get the same architecture, the same standards, the same products, the same development tools, the same management utilities, and the same set of enterprise-grade services for security, mobility, integration, data storage, collaboration, and document exchange. This integrated portfolio is perfect for organizations that wish to blend public and private clouds.
Oracle has spent many years creating a unified, standards-based platform that encourages interoperability among public cloud offerings and private clouds housed in traditional datacenters. Enterprise architects can help their organizations establish a holistic cloud strategy that ensures flexibility across all cloud computing tiers. Enterprise architects will continue to play an important role as they help their organizations establish these hybrid environments.

Third-Party Validation

Many enterprise architects are turning to Oracle because its cloud strategy is the best integrated and most complete. As Wikibon contributor David Vellante said, "Oracle and IBM own much of their own stack and will likely continue to command premium margins. While very similar, of the two, we find Oracle more intriguing for three reasons: Its integration between the database, SOA and Fusion middleware technology looks to be very tight; Its database has a much wider spread popularity, and it has integrated further up the "Red Stack" into the application layer. While IBM has DB2 and numerous SaaS applications in its portfolio, we believe Oracle's integration is more complete. IBM's offerings are historically more services-led and its cloud strategy is still evolving.
"On paper, Oracle's cloud offering is compelling, with a clean story around IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS. On its earnings calls, Oracle's co-CEO Safra Catz is very clear on how much business is derived from each sector with go-forward guidance on the three cloud businesses within Oracle. IBM's cloud guidance is nowhere nearly as crisp, which we believe is a symptom of its less evolved strategy."