Embracing hybrid cloud with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

June 8, 2021 | 5 minute read
Chacko Thomas
Global Executive Partner & Oracle Cloud leader at IBM
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The benefits of cloud computing are well-known — more flexibility, better security and open technology to support faster innovation. However, many enterprise clients still haven’t moved a sizable portion of their mission-critical workloads to cloud. And plenty of myths about cloud computing persist.

IBM is committed to helping clients succeed using the power of hybrid cloud and AI. As a world leader in hybrid cloud, IBM understands that enterprise needs are complex. The workloads that run large businesses span traditional data centers and multiple clouds — public, private and edge. Business applications and processes involve multiple data sources, often in different locations and subject to particular regulatory requirements. A hybrid cloud approach is the smartest strategy for business transformation today, and IBM is committed to supporting clients wherever they are on that journey.

“Hybrid cloud and AI are the two next great shifts in the technology landscape, and IBM is positioning itself to play a key role in this swift and massive transformation.”

Arvind Krishna, IBM Chairman and CEO, 2020 IBM Annual Report

Why hybrid cloud?

COVID-19 has led many organizations to accelerate their digital transformation. Across industries, business leaders are recognizing the importance of embracing cloud and AI solutions to empower them to work faster and smarter. But as they begin to evaluate next steps on that journey, they often have questions:

  • Why should I move to cloud?
  • How much will I save?
  • What about highly sensitive, regulated workloads?
  • Can I be both on premises and on cloud?
  • How will I migrate my workloads?
  • How do I modernize my applications?

The needs of every business are different, but IBM has the business and technology skills to support clients anywhere on their cloud journey. Your hybrid cloud strategy will be unique to your business concerns and priorities. If you’re currently running Oracle applications, there’s a good chance your cloud strategy will include Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI).

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

OCI is an enterprise cloud that delivers a set of platform cloud services, including powerful compute, storage and networking capabilities optimized for Oracle applications. If you’re an existing Oracle client, moving to OCI can help you get the most from your investment in Oracle applications.

I’ve worked with Oracle clients and solutions for decades, and I’m constantly impressed by the innovation Oracle brings to the marketplace. Every day, I see the benefits for enterprise clients: faster performance, scalability, reduced costs, improved security and more. If your business is running mission-critical Oracle applications, OCI can play an essential role in your hybrid cloud strategy, and IBM can help make it happen for you.

IBM Services® recently helped a mining company in the Middle East migrate its on-premises Oracle applications to OCI, and the client saw immediate improvement in application performance, reduced costs, better security and disaster recovery. We also, not long ago, worked with a multinational business intelligence company to move Oracle E-Business Suite to OCI, helping it save more than 20% on application and infrastructure services. In my role, I regularly have the opportunity to see new examples of the benefits of OCI for Oracle customers.

"We have designed Oracle Cloud (OCI) as a brand-new generation of cloud to accelerate enterprises’ adoption of cloud computing for their most complex and critical workloads. In addition to offering the most efficient and cost-effective platform for deploying Oracle workloads, OCI provides unique levels of security, price per performance, enterprise SLAs and automation. Engineered for multicloud interoperability and for hybrid cloud deployment, and available in 29 regions around the world, OCI now enables enterprises of all sizes to take full advantage of the cloud for their most demanding applications and mission-critical data."

— Regis Louis, Vice President Cloud Strategy, Oracle

Five benefits of OCI

If you’re wondering what differentiates OCI from other clouds, here are 5 key benefits OCI delivers:

1. Superior performance

OCI infrastructure and services were built from the ground up to perform better, so you get all the functionality and performance you had in your data center but at the speed of cloud. High-performance computing — built into the core of OCI — helps drive advanced analytics capabilities.

2. Low, predictable pricing

OCI can immediately help organizations realize cost savings in the cloud with an aggressive, predictable pricing model.

3. Enterprise expertise

Oracle has a deep understanding of mission-critical applications and databases for enterprise clients, with more than 40 years of experience delivering essential software to help large companies succeed.

4. Security first

Enterprise-grade security is built into OCI, with layers of defense to protect organizations’ data and applications. The embedded security capabilities in OCI can unburden your IT teams to focus on innovation.

5. Open

OCI has an unwavering commitment to open standards to support your business’s hybrid cloud strategy. Oracle actively contributes to and supports numerous open-source technologies and communities.

Especially if you’re already running Oracle applications, OCI just makes sense.


In its commitment to being a hybrid cloud leader, IBM has invested in an expanding ecosystem with relationships, old and new, with independent software vendors (ISVs), global systems integrators, third-party software vendors and more. Oracle and IBM have been collaborating together for decades, and IBM has been recognized with at least 35 Oracle awards, including being named a Platinum and Cloud Elite Partner. Today, IBM is committed to helping Oracle clients on their cloud journey.

IBM Services for Oracle can help you move your Oracle applications to OCI. With 25 years of experience managing Oracle applications and more than 400 OCI-certified practitioners, IBM has the skills and experience to help your business modernize, run, manage and secure mission-critical Oracle applications.

The Cloud Impact Assessment

Sometimes the starting point is just identifying where you are and where you want to go. IBM Services for Oracle offers a Cloud Impact Assessment for Oracle clients that have questions and are looking to build a business case for moving to OCI. In about 20 days, we can help you assess your current state, define a target state, outline the business benefits and define a roadmap for moving to OCI. So, if you’re looking to take the next steps, please reach out to us.

Learn more at our upcoming hybrid cloud and OCI webinar

On 30 June 2021, IBM and Oracle will be hosting a live virtual webinar on delivering innovation at pace with open hybrid cloud services and enterprise-ready Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. You can expect to hear more about cloud strategy from Oracle and IBM.

Register for the webinar today.

Chacko Thomas

Global Executive Partner & Oracle Cloud leader at IBM

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