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Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Is Ready for Any and All Workloads

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

At Oracle OpenWorld this week, we have one clear message: Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is ready for any and all workloads.

For over 40 years, Oracle has provided the information technology that powers the world’s best enterprises. Over the years, this technology has come in different packages: databases, middleware, applications, and hardware. Today, it is also delivered via the cloud, which gives customers flexibility.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, which launched at Oracle OpenWorld 2016, is the underlying platform for Oracle’s applications and autonomous database. It enables companies of any size to run even their most mission-critical, high-volume, high-performance applications and databases. It was built by a team of cloud industry veterans to uniquely meet enterprise-grade computing requirements—and also to live up to cloud's promises of competitive costs, rapid provisioning, and nearly limitless scale.

Helping our existing customer base modernize and extend their businesses to the cloud remains a major priority. We are also focused on extending enterprise-grade capabilities to developers, startups, and small- and medium-size businesses. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure runs production workloads for large companies such as Verizon and for startups such as Snap Tech, which makes an innovative visual search tool.

To achieve these ambitious goals, we continue to make strategic investments. Let me share some of our latest announcements in greater detail. 

Databases and Applications

As I mentioned in a recent interview with Seeking Alpha, Oracle Cloud’s product strategy has two key areas of focus:

  • Cloud applications: We are quickly becoming the world’s leading cloud applications provider, with unparalleled innovation and an expanding SaaS portfolio.
  • Oracle Cloud Infrastructure: Our consolidated platform in the hyperscale infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market is the underlying platform for Oracle’s applications portfolio and autonomous database.

Oracle Autonomous Database and our leading suite of applications run better on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure than on any other cloud. The networking architecture of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is designed to support optimal performance of Oracle Database and the applications that depend on it. We accomplish this by using direct point-to-point connections between compute and database instances running within Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Those point-to-point connections translate to low latency and superior application performance.

Read our exciting new announcement about Autonomous Database.

Security Enhancements

Security is a pillar of everything we do, from deploying data centers and architecting networks to monitoring and scaling services.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure helps secure the most mission-critical, hardened applications and databases on the planet. Our security capabilities are designed to protect applications and services whether they live within Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, in other clouds, or on premises. This hybrid and multicloud approach differentiates Oracle from other cloud platforms.

We’re able to do all of this because we think about security from the core of the infrastructure to the edge of the cloud. We’re extending our commitment to security with several announcements, which you can read about in our press release. We aren’t talking about security as a standalone market, but as a fully integrated pillar of our cloud.

Making Collaboration Easier

The internet infrastructure industry is a collaborative one. Customers simply want to solve problems. This is why we’re continuing to build a robust ecosystem to support Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Oracle announced a new integrated experience for partners and customers that makes it easier for them to publish and deploy business applications from Oracle Cloud Marketplace on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

Cloud Performance

We have long touted that Oracle Cloud Infrastructure outperforms the competitors. Our price and performance advantages continue to be well documented. The market is taking note, and the media and third-party analysts are strongly validating our leadership position.

Global Footprint

This news and industry recognition is important only because it helps our customers. We are proud of the growing customer base using Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to expand their business. Two examples are IdentityMind, which offers a widely used RegTech SaaS platform that builds, maintains, and analyzes digital identities worldwide, and FICO, which helps lenders make accurate, reliable, and fast credit-risk decisions across the customer life cycle.

The expansion of our business is also important from a network-design standpoint. We need to be where our customers’ customers are. Read more about our cloud region roadmap and our high-capacity edge network.

The Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Edge Network

The cloud edge is the point where people and devices connect to the network, making it both a crucial point for users’ interactions with applications in the cloud and a potential launch point for attacks. Our cloud edge is mature, proven, and fully scaled. The Oracle Cloud Infrastructure edge network is built to deliver the following advantages in a multicloud environment: 

  • Ensure high-speed web traffic with minimal latency
  • Defend against targeted application-layer attacks
  • Protect against volumetric attacks on network infrastructure

Community Involvement

Products can help, but we believe we must also tackle the security problem at the macro level. We want to be part of the global conversations happening around the internet. We are happy to further our commitment to the internet infrastructure community.

That’s why today we’re announcing partnerships with both the Internet Society, a global non-profit organization dedicated to the open development, evolution, and use of the internet, and the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition), which ensures that those who build the infrastructure of the internet have a voice in global public policy. We’re also recommitting Oracle to the Cloud Security Alliance through a revised engagement.

“We are excited to be partnering with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure,” said Andrew Sullivan, CEO of the Internet Society. “Their Internet Intelligence team does deep analysis of the internet and its many nuances and is developing routing security tools that can aid our efforts of making the internet more secure.”

“As a leader in the cloud industry, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure recognizes the importance of Internet innovation, and we look forward to working with them on important public policy and Internet governance issues.” said Hillary Osborne, membership director, i2Coalition.

Read more about our relationship with the Internet Society and with the i2Coalition.

The cloud holds the promise of accelerating innovation and simplifying operations. But that can’t come at the expense of performance, security, or manageability. That’s why the mission of Oracle Cloud is to enable our customers to run any and every enterprise application and workload securely in the cloud. And with today's news, they can—far more confidently than ever before.

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