Oracle kicks off global cloud computing road show

Oracle's global event will rev up the hype for Exalogic, private clouds and perhaps Fusion Applications

Oracle is conducting a cloud computing road show that will hit roughly 80 cities around the world, according to its website.

Attendees will hear from experts who "will share real-world best practices, reference architectures, detailed customer case studies, and more," according to a statement. "You'll learn how to transform IT into a superior service provider with a strategy and roadmap for building, deploying, and managing an enterprise cloud."

Oracle conducted a similar tour in 2010, but this year's plans seem significantly more ambitious in scope.

The first event occurred Thursday in Taipei, and others are set to be held beginning Jan. 25 in Toronto and Bratislava, Slovakia. They will occur across all regions through early April, although not all dates are currently set.

The events will no doubt heavily feature Oracle's Exalogic application server appliance, which was announced at the recent OpenWorld conference. Oracle has dubbed the high-powered machine a "cloud-in-a-box," since it delivers an elastic pool of computing resources for running applications.

As indicated by the event description, Oracle has mostly positioned its hardware and software technologies as a unified stack for building private clouds, as opposed to public platforms like Amazon Web Services. Still, the company has recently moved to support some of its software running in production form on AWS, so the cloud tour could focus on those scenarios as well.

Event-goers may also get some information on the company's upcoming Fusion Applications, which are expected to be released this quarter. Fusion Applications will be available in both private and public cloud form, as well as "hybrid public/private clouds" and on-premises, according to an Oracle document.

Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris's e-mail address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com

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