Earlier this week Amazon announced that a number of Oracle products are now available on Amazon Web Services (AWS). If you are not familiar with AWS, these are a set of pay-as-you-go services (such as virtual servers and data storage) that together form a computing platform “in the cloud."
The new integration brings several Oracle products to the cloud, including the Oracle Database (11g), Oracle Fusion Middleware, and Oracle Enterprise Manager. These products can be licensed and run on EC2 virtual server instances and customers can even use their existing Oracle licenses with no additional license fees. There are several Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) pre-bundled with Oracle products to make it easy to set up a virtual instance of Oracle (the AMIs include Oracle developer tools such as Application Express and JDeveloper).
The Amazon Web Services blog summarizes this new offering:
What does this mean? Instead of budgeting for and acquiring hardware, setting it up, installing an operating system and several layers of complex packages, you can simply launch one of these AMIs on EC2 and be up and running in minutes. This is definitely no-fuss, no-muss application development and deployment.
This move places an even greater focus on running enterprise services in the cloud, and it is clear that Oracle sees the cloud as a value-added option for its corporate customers. The move also shows that Amazon's web services are gaining traction with companies that have traditionally catered to enterprise customers. We're curious to see how this new development might influence enterprise mashups, given the scalability of AWS and the ability to quickly develop applications using Oracle's development tools.
In addition to the EC2 AMIs, there's also a new Oracle Secure Backup Cloud Module that serves as a secure backup solution for database servers running on EC2 or within the corporate network. You can find more information at the Oracle Cloud Computing Center, including an Oracle in the Cloud datasheet and Oracle's Cloud Computing FAQ.