Amazon announced plans to add Oracle Database 11g to its Relational Database Service (RDS) sometime in Q2 of 2011.
Predictable. But why couldn’t Oracle Online get their act together and offer a cloud database service from their own data centers? Or has Amazon Web Services become so well-accepted that Oracle, the 2nd largest software company in the world, wants to ride the Amazon wave into the cloud? One wonders.
New Thought: Feb 7, 2011
I re-read the announcement and thought more about the pricing language, which reads:
If you have existing Oracle Database licenses, you will be able to apply them to run Oracle Databases on Amazon RDS with no additional software licensing or support charges. If you don’t, you can take advantage of pay-by-the-hour licensing with no upfront fees or long-term commitments.
It’ll be very interesting to see what the “pay-by-the-hour” licensing turns out to be and how that compares to Oracle’s traditional on-premise licensing cost.
[Cross posted at Database as a Service]