As Oracle snatches up cloud companies to offer a branded cloud solution, observers ask whether or not this approach will fly? Companies that have thrived in the cloud recognize that it’s more than a way to deliver applications. It’s an approach that means freedom to try out new things, quickly discard things that aren’t working, and iterate on things that are–it means agility. Will they get this with Oracle? We can only respond by looking at history.

The cloud gives flexibility, Oracle gives audits

You won’t find too many Oracle customers willing to testify to the flexibility and freedom they’re getting. But you will find a lot of complaining about its heavy-handed tactics. As Robert Sheldon has noted in TechTarget, Oracle’s licensing policies are “…notoriously vague and confusing. One misstep and you can end up owing thousands of dollars in audit fees.” He even goes so far as to suggest that: “Oracle makes it easy to goof up in a number of ways, and the company is happy to reap the benefits of your pain.” His lengthy list of things that can get you in trouble includes: lack of licensing inventory; not knowing what’s installed where; metric misunderstanding; indiscriminate virtualization (a particularly confusing one); mismanaged fault tolerance; and indiscriminate implementations.

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