OCI’s distributed cloud: meeting customer needs beyond the public cloud

October 18, 2022 | 5 minute read
Karan Batta
Senior Vice President, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI)
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We often hear from our customers that the public cloud or any single cloud isn’t enough to meet their needs. In a recent S&P Global Survey, 97% of enterprises said they were using two or more clouds, with data locality, cost optimization, and business agility being the top three drivers.

We architected Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) to enable customers to use the cloud services that their business requires, running in specific locations or across their choice of different clouds. The distributed cloud enables customers to bring applications and data into the cloud that they could never bring into the public cloud, while gaining the agility and economic benefits of the public cloud.

Today, we’re pleased to announce several new, innovative services in our distributed cloud that expand how our customers and partners can take advantage of OCI, and continued momentum in all areas of OCI’s distributed cloud.

OCI's distributed cloud: multicloud, hybrid cloud, public cloud, dedicated cloud

Oracle Alloy

We’re excited to announce the limited availability of Oracle Alloy, a dedicated region that enables partners to become service providers and offer their customers proven, customized, and independent cloud services. Oracle Alloy enables our partners to meet the needs of their specific markets and customers with their own branding and customer experience, while benefiting from continued innovation from the OCI team team.

OCI’s multicloud services combine the right services across clouds

Using OCI’s multicloud services, customers can meet their business and technical goals by combining the right cloud services across clouds. You can now build applications across clouds with the full capabilities of MySQL HeatWave and Oracle Database services from OCI.

Today, we’re announcing that Microsoft Azure users will now be able to provision, access, and operate MySQL HeatWave on OCI with an Azure-like experience from an Azure region. This update is coming soon to our innovative Oracle Database Service for Microsoft Azure, which we recently launched, giving Azure users access to other OCI database services. Oracle Database Service for Microsoft Azure is available in the 11 Oracle Cloud Regions that have our low-latency interconnection with Azure

We also recently announced that Amazon Web Services (AWS) users can run MySQL HeatWave as a managed service on AWS.

Hybrid cloud momentum: extending cloud services into your data center

Oracle pioneered bringing cloud services at scale to customer’s data centers with Cloud@Customer, extending cloud regions with managed hardware and software infrastructure. Today, Oracle Exadata Cloud@Customer continues its momentum with OCI now managing cloud infrastructure at customer data centers in over 60 countries.

Earlier this year, we previewed Compute Cloud@Customer which enables customers to run applications on managed infrastructure in their data center in conjunction with Exadata Cloud@Customer, which runs Autonomous Database or Oracle Database 19c, both managed from OCI public regions.

Continued expansion of our global public cloud

OCI continues its momentum as one of the fastest growing global hyperscale public cloud providers. Over the past 12 months, we’ve launched 10 public cloud regions, most recently our region in Madrid, Spain, and with today’s announcement, we’re planning the launch of nine more Oracle Cloud Regions. OCI is currently operating 40 regions in 22 countries and multiple U.S. national security regions. Future locations of new public cloud regions in our global footprint:

  • The fourth commercial region in the United States is in Chicago, Illinois

  • OCI’s first region in the Republic of Serbia, the first cloud region to be announced in this country by any hyperscaler

  • OCI’s first region in Colombia

  • Second OCI regions for Chile, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Mexico

  • Sovereign cloud regions for the European Union in Germany and Spain for regulated and sensitive workloads of both private companies and public sector organizations

Dedicated cloud brings Oracle’s complete cloud into your data center

OCI Dedicated Region brings all the same services offered in OCI’s public cloud regions, including SaaS applications, to customer’s data centers to meet data residency, low-latency and regulatory requirements not possible with a public cloud. Earlier this year, we introduced a new generation of OCI Dedicated Region with a much smaller footprint, usage commitment, and lower cost.

Earlier this year, the Sultanate of Oman went into production with their Dedicated Region, and today we're announcing that they will deploy a second Dedicated Region to provide in-country disaster recovery capabilities. Other recent Dedicated Region customers who have made announcements include Nomura Research Institute, the largest economic research and consulting firm in Japan, currently in production with two Dedicated Regions, Vodafone, who will deploy six Dedicated Regions in their data centers across Europe in partnership with Oracle, and the NEOM Tech & Digital Company.

OCI’s distributed cloud: Bringing the cloud to customers worldwide

OCI’s distributed cloud offers customers the benefits of cloud with greater control over data residency, locality, and authority, even across multiple clouds. OCI has already been delivering distributed cloud services to customers across the globe. Our distributed cloud has the following features:

  • Multicloud: Developers on Azure can build applications with the full capabilities of MySQL HeatWave and Oracle Database services from OCI using our multicloud services. In partnership with Microsoft, we’ve interconnected 12 Oracle and Azure cloud regions to enable customers to create low-latency multicloud architectures, now including our first interconnect in Africa.

  • Hybrid cloud: OCI is already delivering hybrid cloud services on-premises and managing infrastructure in over 60 countries.

  • Public cloud: Today, OCI operates 40 OCI regions in 22 countries, with 9 more planned, including two sovereign cloud regions for the EU.

  • Dedicated cloud: OCI is currently delivering dedicated regions in production to multiple customers. We’re now offering dedicated regions with full services but with a much smaller starting footprint and price. With today’s announcement of Oracle Alloy, partners can now become cloud service providers for their own customers, using Dedicated Region as a platform.

With the innovations in OCI’s distributed cloud, organizations can now extend their use of the cloud and deploy it for uses that weren’t possible before in the public cloud. “With these expanded OCI offerings, Oracle recognizes that customers want flexibility, interoperability, and sovereign cloud capabilities from their strategic providers,” said Chris Kanaracus, research director at IDC. “At IDC, we increasingly view cloud computing as an operating model for IT that transcends a single location type. Customers want the benefits of cloud computing across multiple deployment models and Oracle is seeking to meet this need.”

Conclusion

We’re excited about building this next generation of cloud, and customers, partners, and analysts have reacted positively as they have all recognized the potential of OCI’s distributed cloud strategy. What kind of cloud can we build for you?

Karan Batta

Senior Vice President, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI)

Karan Batta is a senior vice president at Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). Karan leads overall product management for OCI. He joined Oracle over 6 years ago at the inception of OCI to work on core products such as compute, storage, and networking. Before Oracle, Karan worked in the core engineering team at Microsoft as part of Microsoft Azure Compute, where he worked on AI infrastructure, such as GPUs and FPGAs, with managed batch services. Before Microsoft, he was an early part of a startup called GreenButton in New Zealand that provided visual effects services on multiple cloud providers. GreenButton was acquired by Microsoft.


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