VMware: Change of direction: Oracle cloud strategy puts containers and Kubernetes front and center
Things can quickly change in the enterprise. Oracle, an enterprise giant that has gained a reputation for being the corporate firm clamping down on open source, is now turning to Kubernetes to fulfill its container management needs. This is both surprising and not, at the same time. Surprising because It wasn’t that long ago (about four years) that Larry Ellison, Oracle’s founder and Chief Technologist, called the cloud “the dumbest idea of 2013” and, not surprising, because Kubernetes is the best container orchestration tool out there.
In view of recent multibillion dollar lawsuits against the likes of Google and HPE, it’s almost cheeky for Oracle to decide to “support” Kubernetes, especially since it was launched as an open source project led by Google. With the CNCF and almost every big name behind it already, Kubernetes isn’t the one in need of support. On the surface, this big move from Oracle really comes off as a late and desperate attempt to jump on the Kubernetes bandwagon (with some dignity).
The hunt for AWS
The announcement came on the heels of CoreOS’s decision to bundle Kubernetes into its latest Linux distro, which was announced at the CoreOS Fest in San Francisco. The fact that Oracle is teaming with CoreOS to bring CoreOS Container Linux to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure goes to show that Larry Ellison has come a long way from calling the cloud the dumbest idea. The added declaration that “Amazon’s lead is over” puts him in a group of AWS hunters with the likes of Azure, Google Cloud, and Alibaba cloud, all of which are way ahead of Oracle in the cloud race. The questions here are what exactly brought about this drastic change in attitude toward cloud computing and what makes Oracle think it can play catch up?
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