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Bring your own IP (BYOIP) on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Modern Enterprises are constantly evolving and some want to move their workloads to the public cloud, but have concerns about the logistical issues to change their IP addresses with ones from their public cloud provider. At Oracle, we understand that managing the migration of IP addresses can be one of the most challenging aspects of a cloud migration for network administrators. We are pleased to announce that you can now Bring Your Own IP on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) that provides a Public IP management solution that allows customers to bring their own publicly routable CIDR blocks issued by Regional Internet Registry in OCI. There will be a BYOIP prefix validation process that will be completed via an integrated workflow with OCI that will ensure reputation of the range is good. After validation, the network admins will be notified that the prefix is available for advertisement. They will have full control of the IP address range with the ability to start or stop BYOIP advertisements when needed. They can create one or many Public IP Pools from their address space by specifying IP CIDR ranges from the BYOIP prefixes and use IP pools for resource allocation. The network administrators can assign these IPs to compute instances, LBs and NAT gateways and may set restrictions for the minimum or maximum size or number of such blocks and advertise them on the internet. The IP range can be a minimum of /24 to maximum of /8 per Oracle region. The public IP addresses created from BYOIP address prefixes work the same way as Public IP addresses you get from OCI. This feature is now available in all commercial regions.

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How NetSuite moved to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to keep up with its 30% growth rate

Oracle@Oracle: Our journey to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Watch the webinar now to get the full story. When we were first faced with the challenge of moving NetSuite applications from eight classic co-location data centers around the world to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) - Oracle's Gen2 Cloud, it was a little daunting. Where should we start? How do we plan for it? How do we prepare our staff to support such a move? NetSuite is a very large SaaS ERP application with more than 21,000 customers running their mission critical business functions on our platform. Our business is expanding rapidly at 30% YOY overall growth. Before Oracle Cloud, we had been managing our co-location data centers for over a decade and were constantly working on expansion. Expanding data centers is a complicated task, but we have done it enough and are good at doing it. To open a new co-location data center in a country, just the technical part of the work, will generally take us about nine months with around 50 engineers to complete the work. With our growth rate, you can imagine we are constantly racing to meet our business needs. In the beginning of our migration to OCI, we started with a "lift-and-shift" approach. We were impressed by how quickly and easily we were able to move our numerous applications onto the Cloud platform. It only took us a couple months before our core services were up and running in the Cloud. But we also realized that such a simple approach would limit us to using the Cloud as another data center - we would not be taking advantage of the myriad of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) technologies available on OCI for our customers. We went back to the drawing board and started to work with Oracle Cloud solution architects to re-envision the future of NetSuite with Oracle Gen2 Cloud. In the following few months, we re-architected our solution for the native cloud; applied Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) technology and Terraform to automate wherever we can; and evaluated and adopted many new technologies available on OCI in areas like compute, storage, networking, connectivity, databases, security, disaster recovery, service monitoring and others. We also engaged Oracle Education to roll out training classes for Oracle Cloud technology for our engineering teams. It took us another few months to implement this native Cloud deployment design. By the end of 2019, we successfully launched NetSuite in the two OCI cloud regions in Frankfurt and London as active-active pairs for backup and recovery. A Cloud blueprint for growth This deserves a big round of applause, but what is most valuable is that through this process, we have developed a repeatable blueprint, including software codes, playbooks, operating standards, and procedures that would enable us to open new regions around the world in a shorter time with fewer resources, all based on a consistent data center model with guaranteed quality, and be connected in the same architecture for better and easier operations management and monitoring. We are now in the process of deploying to a total of 12 OCI cloud regions in the next 18 months. Today, upon our business needs, we can spin up NetSuite in an OCI region in two days and get it operationally ready in two months. With the adoption of OCI, NetSuite enjoys much greater agility in serving our customers and hosting their data securely near where they are located. The distributed regions of OCI enable us to provide on-demand services such as maintenance and patching in a more convenient window within the proximity. By segregating customer databases to more and smaller virtual data centers, we greatly reduce the 'blast radius' and limit the effect of incidents to a smaller group of customers. With Oracle's commitment to deploy the latest and fastest computing and storage technologies in OCI, NetSuite is poised to offer our SaaS platform on the highest performance machines. The variety of PaaS available on OCI provided our customers with endless expansion on new technological solutions on the Cloud, some of those that we are exploring with customers include Big Data, Machine Learning, and AI. Lessons learned on Cloud migration NetSuite's journey to OCI is both rewarding and stimulating. It enables us to reinvent our Cloud architecture to take advantage of the latest Cloud technologies. It also offers an opportunity for our engineering teams to grow and innovate in the public cloud space. Through this process, we learned a few important lessons that might be applicable to other SaaS groups considering onboarding OCI. Due to the flexible and open nature of OCI, it is important for the group to consider and choose the best strategy to migrate the service based on their timeline and resource conditions, whether to do a rapid lift-and-shift, a graduate expansion and adoption, or to re-architect a Cloud native solution. If multiple applications are involved, a detailed planning to phase the migration in stages would be helpful. For a large SaaS group, moving to the public Cloud requires a lot of changes. It impacts capacity planning, asset management, hardware procurement, budgeting, operations, and more. Businesses must be careful while managing change, and most importantly, take the opportunity to upgrade employee skills with Oracle Cloud Training. OCI has 25 regions open today, with plans to have a total of 36 regions open around the world within the next year. For global businesses, it would be prudent to migrate with the goal of automating wherever possible, in order to open new services and take advantage of our many OCI regions. These are just some of the benefits we've achieved and lessons we've learned from Oracle NetSuite's migration to OCI. To get the full story, watch the webinar replay now. Watch the webinar.

Oracle@Oracle: Our journey to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Watch the webinar now to get the full story. When we were first faced with the challenge of moving NetSuite applications from eight classic...


Enabling the enterprise cloud strategy

Announcing enhanced database, compute, private connectivity capabilities on Oracle Cloud Platform It’s easy to move from one place to another when you’re younger. There’s typically fewer people depending on you. You haven’t invested in buying a home. You are not spending time in local government or on the board of other community institutions. It gets a lot harder to move, unencumbered, when you have more investments and responsibilities. The same holds true for enterprises. Only some enterprise applications can be replaced with SaaS, refactored, or built anew. Many other application workloads must be maintained, rehosted (e.g. migrated intact), or replatformed (e.g. migrated and adapted to the new environment). Today, we’re announcing new services and enhancements to the Oracle Platform that make it easier to move or build enterprise applications to the cloud. There’s Oracle Database Cloud Service with even more bare metal horsepower, combined with proven RAC reliability – just sign up and launch it. There’s fast and flexible private networking into the cloud you’ve just launched – in 1Gb and 10Gb increments. And we’re announcing broader support for operating systems, including Windows Server, to host all your applications. Let’s dig into how each of these enhancements impact your technology and cloud strategy. If you’re like ICAT, a midsized insurance business, the enhancements enable you to take a mission-critical application to the cloud, and exceed the performance of your on-premises environment. Add to that, infrastructure level reliability you never had before, simply by selecting an option on a dropdown menu. No second colo. No five-year depreciation curve. ICAT depends on their online quoting application to generate qualified leads and business. They’ve been running it on-premises, on Oracle Database, for years. Oracle Cloud Platform gave them a new option. They tested import and export performance: Oracle Cloud was faster than on-prem. They checked out the availability: they now had access to three physically independent, but highly interconnected sites, instead of one. Most critically, they could deploy Oracle Real Application Clusters, with a few clicks. RAC has been a go-to technology for on-premises production environments for years. And now ICAT can have it in our next generation IaaS. If you’re like Penn State University’s Institute for CyberScience, you’re moving terabytes of data over your networks every day. Researchers are crunching a growing number of intensive workloads on your infrastructure. But that on-premises supercomputer you bought and configured is at 100% utilization. Enter the cloud for HPC (High Performance Computing). Enter Oracle FastConnect private network connectivity. PSU first proved that our bare metal compute instances were equal to their on-premises computing power, enabling their researchers to “burst” to the Oracle Cloud for single- and multi-core jobs. Now they plan to leverage the dedicated throughput of FastConnect to securely move data and results between their on-premises networks and the cloud. HPC has always been a proving ground for the most advanced computing technologies (e.g. parallel computing and distributed storage) and processes (e.g. job scheduling and mass compute orchestration), so PSU is an interesting case study of what’s possible in the cloud. Finally, if you’re like Darling Ingredients, you run a combination of Windows Server and Linux for your enterprise applications. You need cloud-based Oracle Database, as well as fast connectivity between the cloud and your end users. We’ve added native images for Microsoft Windows Server, Ubuntu, and CentOS, and are supporting “bring your own image” for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). The combination of this broader OS support, and stronger database and connectivity options, makes it easier for our customers to move their applications and IT to the Oracle Cloud.  Migrating applications is key part of an enterprise cloud strategy, and this announcement takes another significant step towards making it feasible. Interested in more detail? Check out our technology community for more specifics on each of these database, compute, and networking enhancements. We’re passionate about our platform and about your success. Click here to learn more and to get started online. You can also contact your Oracle representative and ask for Oracle IaaS. - Don

Announcing enhanced database, compute, private connectivity capabilities on Oracle Cloud Platform It’s easy to move from one place to another when you’re younger. There’s typically fewer people...