Open Source and the Future of the Cloud

I just read a blog post about Amazon’s use of Oracle in the cloud that I can only call stupid.

Just stupid.

The post implies that open source will not grow in the cloud because enterprises want the tried and true expensive and inflexible nature of the Oracle database.


While I will not argue that the beauty of the true cloud is that you can port any environment over to it (thus big companies will put their Oracle-driven stacks in the cloud) that is only a small fraction of the what the cloud is about.

This post is a great example of the kind of short-sightedness in some enterprise IT departments that can hold true innovation back. The real value of the cloud is being realized by the smartest companies and the most innovative – building scalable, fluid web properties and flexible, custom applications.

What are these next generation cloud stacks built on? Not Oracle, that’s for sure. The leading cloud environments and highly scalable web properties in the cloud are being built using Ruby, and Riak-based tools.

The relational database will very much be part of the cloud – but Oracle will only be a part of the story. For scalability and flexibility – open source is the only way.

Or, companies can keep using outdated concepts in the cloud and see how long the remain competitive.

4 thoughts on “Open Source and the Future of the Cloud

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  2. I strongly agree open source databases, namely MySQL and Postgres, are the most suitable systems for cloud applications. Mora than just advocating the idea, I am currently using hosted MySQL and will keeping using it in the foreseeable future. However I tend to agree where the article states “those companies on Oracle stay on Oracle”. The article cites the existing skill sets. I would go beyond that and add the amount of work to move most applications from Oracle to anything else implies massive amounts of work and money. It requires changes to data types, database triggers, indexing and a wide range of Oracle-specific extensions to standard SQL. It is true all database systems can be used in strict accordance to SQL standards. The result is a limited and underperforming system. While it is technically feasible to move from Oracle to open source databases, for those already on Oracle it is often neither practical nor economically attractive. There is no doubt open source databases will suceed on Amazon’s cloud. It is exploring a potentially profitable niche.

  3. Breno!
    I agree with your points that yes, many companies leveraging Oracle will not see a cost-effective move to an open DB in the cloud. Fine.
    But this article implies that NO ONE will leverage open DBs in the cloud because ORacle is so great.
    That is faulty logic and already disproven as so many companies are building cloud operations on open or even No-SQL data structures.
    Great to hear from you Breno! Thanks for reading.

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