A conference stage with a banner for Oracle Cloud, which was recently praised by Lydia Leong
A conference stage with a banner for Oracle Cloud, which was recently praised by Lydia Leong

Oracle Cloud Is So Hot Even Legendarily Cynical Gartner Analyst Likes It!

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As Larry Ellison continues to turn the Cloud Wars upside-down by making Oracle Cloud the big innovator in not just technology but also go-to-market plans, Ellison has even made a fan out of a Gartner analyst who hates just about everything.

In a blog post written late last week following Oracle’s launch of two high-impact cloud services that no other Cloud Wars vendor can match, Gartner VP and distinguished analyst Lydia Leong praised Oracle’s vision and execution. Then she went on to say this: “I predict that this will raise OCI’s profile as an alternative to the big hyperscalers, among enterprise customers and even among digital-native customers.” 

Now, while that’s not exactly calling something the greatest thing ever, it is high praise indeed for the relentlessly near-impossible-to-impress Leong, who wields considerable influence among business customers as well as tech vendors.

In fact, when I saw Leong’s comments in her blog post, I thought immediately of the TV ads from 40-50 years ago for Life cereal. In them, two little boys push a bowl of Life cereal over to brother Mikey while guessing he won’t touch it, because “he hates EVERYthing!” And then they’re startled when he chows down: “Hey, he LIKES it!” 

Here are a few highlights from Leong’s blog post, which is headlined Finally, private cloud identical to public cloud:

  • Leong opens her post by recalling that 8 years ago, “I predicted that the cloud IaaS market would eventually deliver a service that delivered a full public cloud experience as if it were private cloud — at the customer’s choice of data center, in a fully single-tenant fashion. Since that time, there have been many attempts to introduce public-cloud-consistent private cloud offerings.”
  • But none of those attempts, she said, have “delivered what I think is what customers really want.” Leong’s list includes location of customer’s choice; single tenant; isolated control plane; same price as public cloud; and inclusion of all the services and features offered in the public cloud.
  • “Why,” Leong asks, “do customers want that? Because customers like everything the public cloud has to offer — all the things, IaaS and PaaS — but there are still plenty of customers who want it on-premises and dedicated to them.”
  • And then, acknowledging that Oracle has delivered on what she asked for 8 years ago and that no one else has been able to pull together, Leong delivers the “she LIKES it!” moment. “And now it’s here,” she writes, “and given that it’s 2020… the sparkly pink unicorn comes from Oracle. Specifically, the world now has Oracle Dedicated Regions Cloud @ Customer.”

I’ve analyzed the latest noteworthy news items from Oracle in two recent articles. (See Larry Ellison’s Miracle: Oracle Becomes Big-Time Cloud Infrastructure Player and Larry Ellison’s 3-Point Plan to Beat Amazon: Autonomous, Performance, Security.) The first big announcement is the availability of Oracle Autonomous Database inside the customer’s data center, which Oracle calls [email protected] 

The second is the (awkwardly named) revolutionary new cloud offering, to which Leong has referred to above: Oracle Dedicated Regions [email protected] For customers who want access inside their own data centers to every single service in the vast Oracle Cloud—Autonomous Database, Fusion applications, Autonomous Linux, and more—the price is $500,000 per month.

Leong fairly gushed in calling that price “very modest.” She went on to offer this perspective: “There are plenty of cloud customers that easily meet that threshold. (The typical deal size we see for AWS contracts at Gartner is in the $5 to $15 million/year range, on 3+ year commitments.) And the pricing model and actual price for [the many services in that all-inclusive bundle] is identical to OCI’s public regions.”

As I’ve noted before, while this is unquestionably a great start for Oracle, there’s much work to be done. The three rivals currently ahead of Oracle in the massive IaaS market—category king Amazon, Microsoft, and high-growth Google Cloud—will surely not let this challenge go unanswered. 

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Top 10 Rankings — July 13, 2020

1. MicrosoftNew top priority is converting Oracle’s on-prem database customers
2. Amazon Grabs lead in outer-space cloud race with Aerospace & Satellite unit
3. SalesforceBenioff’s Secret Weapon: Tableau Creates Analytics Powerhouse
4. Google Can Kurian displace Microsoft as SAP’s #1 cloud infrastructure partner?
5. SAP Klein vows to battle Microsoft, Google Cloud for strategic customer control
6. Oracle Vs. huge odds, Ellison makes Oracle legit IaaS rival to AMZN MSFT GOOG
7. IBM Deepens partnership w/ SAP to help customers survive digital revolution
8. Workday Bhusri hammers legacy IT, tops $1B for Q1, embraces MSFT & SFDC
9. ServiceNowMcDermott riffs on Oracle & SAP, culture and even Grateful Dead
10. AdobeCOVID + problems w/ Advtsg Cloud stunt fiscal Q2 growth to 5%: $826M

But Oracle can’t control what its competitors do. It can only do everything in its power to meet and exceed the rapidly rising expectations of its customers. 

And by winning the praise of an analyst who’s as tough to impress as anybody out there, Oracle’s taken a huge step toward that essential goal.

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