Amazon has a page up for what it calls Amazon RDS for Oracle Database. You can rent Amazon instances suitable for running Oracle, and bring your own license (BYOL), or you can rent a “License Included” instance that includes Oracle Standard Edition One (a cheap version of Oracle that is limited to two sockets).
My quick thoughts start:
- Mainly, this isn’t for production usage. But exceptions might arise when:
- An application, from creation to abandonment, is only expected to have a short lifespan, in support of a specific project.
- There is an extreme internal-politics bias to operating versus capital expenses, or something like that, forcing a user department to cloud production deployment even when it doesn’t make much rational sense.
- An application is small enough, or the situation is sufficiently desperate, that any inefficiencies are outweighed by convenience.
- There is non-production appeal. In particular:
- Spinning up a quick cloud instance can make a lot of sense for a developer.
- The same goes if you want to sell an Oracle-based application and need to offer demo/test capabilities.
- The same might go for off-site replication/disaster recovery.
Of course, those are all standard observations every time something that’s basically on-premises software is offered in the cloud. They’re only reinforced by the fact that the only Oracle software Amazon can actually license you is a particularly low-end edition.
And Oracle is indeed on-premises software. In particular, Oracle is hard enough to manage when it’s on your premises, with a known hardware configuration; who would want to try to manage a production instance of Oracle in the cloud?