Oracle is entering the cloud. They will deliver a set of free Amazon Machine Images (AMIs), enabling customers to deploy Oracle solutions on EC2. Using these AMIs, new virtual machines can be provisioned with Oracle Database 11g, Fusion, and Oracle Enterprise Linux. Oracle is also introducing a secure Cloud-based backup solution: Oracle Secure Backup Cloud Module, based on their tape backup management software, to enable customers to use S3 as their database backup destination. The Oracle Secure Backup Cloud Module also enables encrypted data backups to help ensure complete privacy in the Cloud environment. It's fully integrated with Oracle Recovery Manager and Oracle Enterprise Manager, providing users with familiar interfaces for Cloud-based backups. Secure, encrypted backups is an absolute necessity when running on a public cloud.