So Oracle has officially entered the cloud analytics space. Building off the announcement at Oracle Open World last fall, yesterday they officially released their autonomous data warehouse for the cloud. And it’s a big deal for them. Built on their latest 18c database, the autonomous data warehouse brings the potential for a new level of simplicity. It leverages machine learning to ensure constant uptime by automatically (hence “autonomous” everywhere in their announcement) protecting, securing, and repairing the database. On top of the promised simplicity, they tout the ability to lower costs and perform faster than the competition. OK, Oracle, well played. I’m intrigued, maybe even a little excited, but the reality is that Oracle is still behind. They (self-admittedly) lost the cloud infrastructure war, and I’m nervous that they could lose this one too if they don’t play their cards right.