Oracle, Windows Garner Different Views over Multitenant Cloud

According to new reports Microsoft and Oracle are heading towards different directions on issues involving multi-tenancy support for their respective public-cloud platforms.

As of last week’s Oracle Open World Show, Oracle is officially “all in” with the idea of cloud computing which they were neglecting for quite some time with Larry Ellison unwrapping Oracle’s public cloud platform and strategy.

The public cloud of Oracle will be a combination of platform as a service (PaaS) and applications/software as a service (SaaS) and “glue” being Java Enterprise Edition. Sun servers, Fusion Middleware, Oracle database, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c and Oracle’s Fusion Application are the five components of the Oracle’s public cloud.

At present just a few pieces of the Oracle cloud like CRM are available while most of the pieces will be coming “in the near future.” Oracle declared that the Public Cloud will have “all the productivity of Java, without the IT.” But, Oracle officials are not fond of the multi-tenancy and they claimed last week that the approach doesn’t fit too well for its customers.

Microsoft’s cloud approach is different. It is mostly concentrating on SaaS and promotes multi-tenancy with its Office 365, SQL Azure, Windows Intune and other Microsoft-cloud enabled apps (like Dynamics CRM Online). None of the above mentioned applications work on Windows Azure. They are being hosted inside Windows Data centres.