Amazon has announced a new deal with Oracle that will bring a number of Oracle products into Amazon's EC2 cloud.
The products now licensed to run in the cloud on Amazon EC2 include the Oracle Database 11g, Oracle Fusion Middleware, and Oracle Enterprise Manager. Existing software licenses gain access with no additional license fees.
These products, along with Oracle Enterprise Linux, are available in prepackaged, ready to run form, encapsulated within a set of free Amazon EC2 AMIs. Using these AMIs, new instances can be launched and ready within minutes. Of course, Oracle's development tools -- Oracle Application Express, Oracle JDeveloper, Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse, and Oracle Workshop for WebLogic -- can all be used to build applications for this new environment.
What does this mean? Instead of budgeting for and acquiring hardware, setting it up, installing an operating system and several layers of complex packages, you can simply launch one of these AMIs on EC2 and be up and running in minutes. This is definitely no-fuss, no-muss application development and deployment.
Cisco will also offer a cloud-based backup solution called Oracle Secure Backup Cloud Module, allowing customers to use Amazon S3 (as a database backup destination.