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Does Your Cloud Provider Really Understand Enterprise Applications?

Kyle York
VP of Product Strategy, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and GM, Oracle Dyn Global Business Unit

When people talk about an enterprise cloud migration, they usually focus on the infrastructure. After all, it is called infrastructure as a service. Servers, storage, networking, and compute form the backbone, and cloud computing would not be possible without them.

An often-overlooked aspect of enterprise cloud migration is the actual enterprise applications that run these businesses—specifically, how a cloud provider supports, manages, and secures these applications after the migration is complete. This aspect is especially important in scenarios where a business migrates multiple critical applications to the cloud and finds itself sharing its network operations center with its cloud vendor.

Why is this aspect so important? Because no application exists in a vacuum. On-premises enterprise applications rely on connections to other software and backend systems, such as an Oracle database, to help users get work done. These interdependencies are complex, and they become even more so in hybrid and multi-cloud scenarios with workloads living across on-premises data centers and public clouds.

Further, in the cloud, enterprises do not have the same level of control—either real or perceived—over the underlying infrastructure. The increasing reliance on APIs to tie cloud applications to third-party data repositories and other external systems adds even more complexity to the equation.

Enterprises have decades of application lifecycle management and security tooling, and they expect the same from their cloud vendor. When they choose a provider that does not have experience managing these enterprise applications and their interdependencies, they are opening themselves up to the potential for data loss, other security breaches, and performance problems.

Oracle is one of the world’s leading providers of enterprise applications and has been for more than four decades. Our database, ERP, HCM, CRM, supply chain management, and other software drive business for 430,000 customers worldwide. We have more than 1,000 software as a service (SaaS) applications, all running in our cloud, and many of our cloud competitors rely on our software to exist at all. Nineteen of the top 20 cloud providers run on Oracle.

We have a long history of supporting, managing, and securing enterprise applications, ensuring that our customers' data is safe. We built Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI)—which supports bare metal, virtual machine, and GPU instances, plus containers and serverless computing—on that same foundation. OCI is optimized for Oracle Database, which is auto-configured with encryption, and is the only cloud that supports Exadata and RAC. It also uses local NVMe flash storage and all flash-based block volumes and avoids network oversubscription to ensure enterprise applications perform to the best of their abilities. And we back it up with performance-based service-level agreements.

Our approach enables all of your software, not just Oracle applications or your front-end website, to run better and more securely after an enterprise cloud migration.

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