Oracle: OpenStack’s Dark Horse

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Last week SolidFire made their debut at Oracle OpenWorld 2014, announcing support for Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux and the launch of our database consolidation story. SolidFire brought a strong contingent to man a booth and a kiosk that served an estimated 60,000 people in attendance.

Oracle’s Linux Penguin manning the SolidFire OpenStack kiosk.

Oracle’s Linux Penguin manning the SolidFire OpenStack kiosk.

The San Francisco summer was in full effect (September-October is the best time of year to be there) and Oracle was hot on preaching the values of cloud. In addition to the aforementioned 60,000 Oracle DBAs and Managers that care about the performance and predictability of their database infrastructure were notable attendees Larry Ellison, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and Aerosmith, making for yet another memorable OOW experience.

Our kiosk, located in the heart of the virtualization/automation portion of the expo hall, saw an amazing amount of traffic. This is likely because Oracle shocked the cloud world September 24th when they announced their distribution of OpenStack.

With three days of working the kiosk under my belt and 100+ conversations later, I have some thoughts on why Oracle might be OpenStack’s dark horse, and why SolidFire is slated to feed the cravings that will arise around running database workloads on shared infrastructure in virtualized/cloudy environments.

Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) will emerge as a significant use case for OpenStack

I recently had a conversation with the CEO of a well known OpenStack service provider in which we discussed his need to differentiate his cloud offering against the major incumbents. He believed offering specialized services running on top of his infrastructure was the best way to do so, particularly DBaaS.

Several similar conversations took place with enterprise IT department leaders and database administrators, all curious about how SolidFire and Oracle OpenStack could enable them to run database workloads on shared infrastructure in virtualized/cloudy environments. The overwhelming opinion was that DBaaS and database workload consolidation were very compelling reasons to consume Oracle OpenStack + SolidFire.

OpenStack’s DBaaS (Trove) project picking up momentum, coupled with SolidFire’s deep integration with Cinder and its unique ability to provide guaranteed performance on a per volume/DB instance basis, DBaaS is proving to be a rapidly maturing use case with a huge addressable market (Forbes pegs it at $1.8B by 2016) with very real needs. This is a market hungry for the solutions Oracle/OpenStack/SolidFire can provide.

Oracle will drive innovation up the stack, with application(s) as a focal point.

With over 2,000 developers from 80+ companies supporting OpenStack’s core bits and consolidation happening now (including three major acquisitions of leading OpenStack companies in the last eight months), Oracle’s entry into the OpenStack game is late for core contribution, but well-timed if Oracle’s focus rests squarely on innovating further up the stack into the application layer.

And it is their expertise at the top of the stack that leads me to believe Oracle is OpenStack’s wild card, driving enterprise adoption through their ability to deliver database on shared infrastructure. Adding to their potential energy is their access to a lengthy list of enterprise customers that rely on Oracle for its ability to provide top grade products and support, particularly around … wait for it … database.

Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux is merely the beginning of Oracle’s focus on delivering next-gen infrastructure with predictable performance. Oracle, with an expanding partnership with SolidFire, is paving the way for large organizations to consolidate and automate their DB workloads in a supported and ready-to-deploy environment.

What now?

Interested in how SolidFire, in partnership with Oracle, can help you provide automated/virtualized database workloads with guaranteed performance on OpenStack to your customers or within your company? Visit our Oracle solutions page, or better yet, come see us in Paris at the OpenStack Summit!

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