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Summary

Oracle’s acquisition of cloud access security broker (CASB) Palerra just as it was announcing its Identity Cloud Service (IDCS) was a smart way to draw attention to its claim to be the go-to vendor for cloud security. Ovum is now waiting to see whether a bundled offering emerges.

Palerra gives visibility into IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS

IDCS was unveiled as part of a raft of new and enhanced cloud services at the vendor’s annual OpenWorld event in San Francisco, the recurring theme of which was Oracle’s statement of intent to become a market leader in cloud service provision. The incumbent in this space is Amazon Web Services (AWS), but the message was “Move over Amazon, Oracle has arrived”. The scene was set on the opening day of the conference by Oracle announcing it had acquired Palerra, whose very raison d’être, as revealed by the CASB acronym, is in the cloud.

CASBs are software platforms that monitor users’ interactions with applications in the cloud, providing their IT department with visibility into which apps are being accessed and by whom. They enable policies to be enforced, so that data may be not sent to Dropbox, for instance, but can go to a Box account, but only in encrypted form.

The majority of CASBs work with the software-as-a-service (SaaS) variant of cloud, the availability of which has exploded in recent years, leading to a need for corporate IT to regain control. Palerra is particularly interesting in this context, however, in that it not only addresses the SaaS part of the market, but also the infrastructure- and platform-as-a-service (IaaS and PaaS) types of cloud, both of which are of interest to Oracle and its customers.

Palerra’s LORIC platform will continue to work with other identity platforms, but Ovum would also expect to see some form of bundled IDCS/LORIC bundling.

Appendix

Further reading

CASB market evolution forces analysts to segment the space, IT0022-000494 (October 2015)

On the Radar: Palerra, IT0022-000490 (August 2015)

“The CASB landgrab has started with Blue Coat's acquisition of Perspecsys,” IT0022-000465 (August 2015)

Author

Rik Turner, Senior Analyst, Infrastructure Solutions

rik.turner@ovum.com

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