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Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure Shouldn't Be a Commodity

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

Oracle entered the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market for two main reasons.

From an internal perspective, we're a pioneer and leader in databases. Today's databases need the performance and scalability of cloud infrastructure to meet the demands of enterprise customers. That means we needed a cloud to support our business and our customers' businesses.

Even more importantly, we believe IaaS is not and should not be a commodity. There are significant opportunities to innovate and improve cloud migration, integration, and performance. We're capitalizing on these opportunities to provide a truly enterprise-grade cloud to businesses of all sizes.

Enterprise Migration Obstacles

Most enterprise workloads still haven't moved to the cloud, and those that remain on-premises are typically the most mission-critical. Why? There are several obstacles to the large-scale migration of enterprise workloads:

  • Many organizations have serious security concerns—rightfully so, given how some cloud providers handle customer tenancy, keys, and data.
  • Many applications simply can't run in earlier-generation clouds without significant re-architecture, because of their existing hardware and software dependencies. Enterprises must be able to run their entire businesses in the cloud. Unfortunately, they haven't had that option for much of the past decade.
  • Mission-critical applications require high, consistent performance and reliability. Customers haven't found this, or the proper service levels, in earlier-generation clouds.
  • The migration process itself is often risky, from downtime to the complexity of translating on-premises security to the cloud.

Purpose-Built for the Enterprise

In a real enterprise-grade cloud, large businesses can easily and securely migrate entire systems, even those that rely on multiple technologies from multiple vendors. An on-premises Oracle application, for example, might run on Exadata and use Real Application Clusters (RAC), all in a virtualized environment, protected by several different monitoring and security tools.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure enables enterprises to move these integrated systems to the cloud all at once. Our approach ensures the integrity of customers' existing security capabilities and significantly reduces the risk of migration.

It's not enough to enable seamless cloud migration, however. Enterprise-grade clouds must also provide room to grow, from scaling existing systems to supporting and integrating with new technologies. At Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, we're committed to openness and we embrace transformative new technologies and methodologies, including DevOps, containers, serverless, Kubernetes, and Terraform.

Other clouds support these too, but it's often through a hodgepodge of services that don't integrate well with each other or with existing systems. We're doing cloud infrastructure better because we're purpose-built for the enterprise of today, and the enterprise of tomorrow.

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