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Intelligence Community: No two clouds are the same. Select the right one for your mission.

Rand Waldron
VP, Program Management

In my previous blog, “Three ways the Intelligence Community will benefit from Choosing Oracle Cloud,” I talked about how Oracle introduces more competition to the national security community against the incumbent cloud providers. Given my previous experience with the FBI, here’s my key takeaway: Don’t mistake cloud as an IT play for commodity.

Every cloud provider offers services that are optimized for specific kinds of customers and workloads. Because of traditional systems or back-office solutions, some agencies get better results from a specific cloud vendor. Regardless of the traditional footprint, most agencies follow a phased migration. First, they port existing systems to the cloud to eliminate data centers and reduce costs, and then transition to native cloud solutions.

So, what differentiates Oracle Cloud, and where is Oracle is best suited for the intelligence community?

Lift and shift on-premises workloads with bare metal computing

Bare metal gives you a server environment without built-in software, which means you don’t have to reengineer your database workload to meet the requirements of built-in software. It’s essentially a blank slate environment, which makes moving workloads that run on their own servers to the cloud easy—ideal for application and database workloads that can be many, many years old.

Other cloud providers are connected using only layer 3 networking support and above. Computing and storage devices in layer 2 networking environments transmit data more quickly than higher-level environments. Many legacy workloads were designed decades ago to run on their own servers and only function well in layer 2 environments. Migrating a legacy, non-virtualized, on-premise workload to a layer 3 cloud environment can prove difficult. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) has natively implemented layer 2 capabilities both for Oracle Database services and for its VMware Solution.

Super-computing cloud capabilities with high-performance computing (HPC)

Because Oracle Cloud combines HPC and RDMA networking, we can run the fastest version of cluster networking. Oracle delivers high-frequency processors, fast and dense local storage, and an RDMA cluster network with less than 2-microsecond latency across clusters of tens of thousands of cores. Our cloud competitors can’t. The closest solution offered by AWS, the C5n, comes at a higher cost. If your agency needs to process massive-scale data analytics with AI, ML, and simulations, we’ve tuned Oracle Cloud for these kinds of high-performance workloads. On OCI, National Grid’s machine learning to analyze renewable energy sources is 40% more accurate than previous solutions and reduces query time from hours to minutes.

Flexibility without vendor lock-in with open, cloud native technologies

OCI is foundationally built on open standards and key open source technologies, such as Kubernetes, Docker, Terraform, and many others. So, customers avoid vendor lock-in. If you want the flexibility down the road to change cloud providers, you can do that with OCI. Our competitors use proprietary technologies that require you to design your workloads to only run in their cloud environment. If you want to change vendors, you have to reengineer your workload. Because Oracle uses and is committed to open source and cloud-neutral technologies, you don’t get locked in.

Cloud technologies are highly differentiated, and because of these key benefits, Oracle can offer a much easier and less risky path to the cloud. If you’d like to meet with one of our cleared consultants to discuss how Oracle Cloud Infrastructure can benefit your agency, contact us at contact_nsg_us_grp@oracle.com. To learn more about our offerings, visit Oracle National Security Cloud Solutions for the Intelligence Community.

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