Universal cloud license

Ellison promises a simplified pricing model, automation in the cloud and databases, more performance, and a bring-your-own license model for Oracle's PaaS offerings ahead of the Open World.

Universal Credits is the name of the new approach Oracle wants to use to simplify enterprise cloud services. "It gives users a single contract, unlimited access to all and future PaaS and IaaS services on Oracle Cloud and Oracle Cloud at Customer," the company said .

Customers can then swap services without having to notify Oracle, and continue to benefit automatically from new features when they are available in a cloud service. The Universal Credits will be available from the 25th of September.

Oracle also wants to give owners of on-premise licenses more flexibility. Already today, users can use it in an IaaS. In the future, however, users can also reuse their licenses in a PaaS offering such as Oracle Database, Middleware, Analytics or others.

"Customers with existing on-premise licenses can use this investment to use the Oracle Database Cloud at a fraction of the old PaaS price," the vendor says.

Larry Ellison also said at a press conference that Oracle is already outperforming its competitor Amazon Web Services. This is mainly because of the fact that Oracle's offer is significantly more powerful than that of Amazon. Now he wants to tighten the screw even further here. With more automation features and more power, the total cost of the Oracle offering is expected to be 50 percent lower than Amazon's users.

Ellison's calculation looks as follows: The biggest cost factor of platform-as-a-service is still labor costs. "Automation reduces workload and reduces the number of human error cases," Ellison continues. These automations are supposed to reduce the human factor, especially around the Oracle database and middleware.

According to Ellison, the "Autonomous Database" will be released in December. It will include, among other things, an automatic, uninterruptible patching and include automated disaster recovery. Also for Oracle users high availability is a big issue. The new database version will have an availability of 99.9995 percent, which equates to a downtime of 30 minutes. However, it will be a planned break.

The aforementioned cost advantages of 50 percent should also be incorporated into an SLA. However, there is no specific information from Oracle.

Industry observer and blogger Holger Müller comments on the announcement: "In a complex and accelerated environment, businesses need every form of simplification. While pricing is a problem, product customization and evaluation are much greater. "Müller sees the greatest possible simplification for companies, especially in the new credit system. This form of portability of the products is especially important for users who are at the beginning of their cloud strategy, but what is currently true for many Oracle users.

Oracle will also enable the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure in a new Availability Domain in Frankfurt in the next few weeks , and then German users will also be able to migrate highly available and critical applications to the Orace cloud, such as Mark Borgmann, for the distribution of the Oracle Cloud Platform in Northern Europe responsible, in a conversation with silicon.de explained.