With today's announcement of the Oracle Database Cloud, it also means Oracle gives a strong message towards the APEX community.
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Oracle Application Express (APEX) will be included in the Database Cloud. If you look at the features of the Database Cloud, for development it's all APEX and web services (through the APEX listener).
Before we had (and still have) apex.oracle.com where you could try APEX for free, but couldn't install any production applications on it. Now with the Oracle Database Cloud you have a paid alternative for all production applications. You can obviously use it for development and test too.
The other interesting thing is that there are productivity apps available... it's some kind of an APEX app place which you can install for free.
It looks like in the future also partners can offer their apps on there.
Probably in the next days and weeks we hear more about all the Oracle cloud... one piece that is missing it looks like is pricing.