Oracle enhances the OCI Cloud Adoption Framework, releases the enterprise scale baseline landing zone, and offers more options for multicloud strategies

March 10, 2022 | 5 minute read
Farouk Khan
Senior Principal Product Manager - OCI Landing Zones
Faye Hutsell
Director of Product Marketing, OCI GTM
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Today, we’re announcing the release of the enterprise scale baseline landing zone and content updates to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Cloud Adoption Framework security.

OCI Cloud Adoption Framework

In August 2021, we released the Cloud Adoption Framework (CAF). OCI CAF is a collection of cloud resources, best practices, tutorials, technical guidance, and enablement tools designed to guide organizations as they define, refine, and deploy their cloud strategy.

When organizations first moved to the cloud, use cases were more straightforward. As use cases and enterprise technology needs became more complex, standardizing on more than one cloud provider became a necessity. According to a recent Gartner survey, 81% of organizations have adopted a multicloud IT strategy to use advanced capabilities across clouds.

Enterprises today are migrating mission-critical applications, creating multifaceted disaster recovery plans, and developing high-performance computing (HPC) and big data environments all in the cloud. To meet this increased complexity, OCI’s Cloud Adoption Framework not only provides a methodology and resources to facilitate customer transition to the cloud, but it also includes the tools needed to understand OCI’s differentiators and built-in efficiencies, such as Cloud Lift services and key value programs, including the recently launched Oracle Support Rewards.

OCI has become the cloud of choice for enterprises across industries, who are maturing a multicloud portfolio, including customers such as Brazilian Telco, Tim Brasil, Integra Life Sciences, Mestec, Murad, and Soho Media Solutions. In choosing the best cloud for each workload, customers use the latest advances in technology and services.

CAF is a resource for any customer looking to better understand the cloud adoption process and the breadth and depth of OCI services. OCI offers a comprehensive set of services for deploying and managing multicloud environments. Cost-effective data transfers ensure that applications and databases are distributed across multiple cloud environments. Workloads running in other clouds can take advantage of OCI’s high-performance database, app, data integration, security, and management capabilities. The Oracle-Azure Interconnect and other strategic partnerships provide organizations with a simple path to a multicloud deployment.

In January 2022, we announced the OCI Cloud Adoption Framework technical site. The technical site aims to be a one-stop-shop that hosts relevant technical content, assets, and tools to better enable customers in their shift to the cloud. The site includes templates for cloud business strategy documents, landing zone scripts to accelerate cloud deployments, and reference architectures for specific migration scenarios.

Content updates for CAF

For this iteration of CAF, we’re releasing updates on two of the pillars: Security and technology Implementation.

For the security pillar, which defines the foundational aspects of security, including secure cloud architecture, controls, and services, we’re updating two articles covering the security strategy and the security design.

The security strategy articles describe an overview of Oracle’s security principles and OCI Security services to support organizations’ security strategies and architecture. It describes Oracle’s security principles, security operations, and services like Cloud Guard, Security Zones, Monitoring, Logging, and SIEM Integration.

The security design page includes a list of OCI security resources grouped by service, best practices, and guidance, followed by reference implementation links.

Enterprise scale baseline landing zones

For the technology implementation pillar, which helps build a personalized and secured landing zone or cloud environment, we’re releasing the enterprise scale baseline landing zone.

Landing zones are prescriptive solutions that enable the rapid onboarding and deployment into OCI, building on all the Oracle best practices from security, governance, identity, and many more. Through using landing zones, customers can perform a one-click deployment of a cloud architecture that constructs all the core services they need to hit the ground running in OCI.

Building upon our success with our Center for Internet Security (CIS) landing zone, OCI is pleased to announce a second landing zone release: the enterprise scale baseline landing zone.

This new release provides all the building blocks needed for our customers to deploy a cloud architecture that contains all the key services within OCI, taking advantage of OCI best practices developed over the many years of serving Enterprise customers. This release includes defining an appropriate compartment structure to logically segregate workloads and resources, configuring public and private virtual networks (VCNs), and deploying a secure level of governance and access to ensure that the environment is protected.

When using a new cloud platform, many hours are often spent researching and learning each component and service offered by the cloud provider, which can slow down deployment and adoption time. This landing zone aims to help speed up this process by giving customers all our best practices packaged into a single deployment, allowing them to accelerate their onboarding into OCI.

The enterprise scale baseline landing zone removes some key blockers for businesses looking to make the transition to the cloud by reducing the time required to learn how to architect, govern, and secure environments on OCI. In general, the cloud adoption process and associated learning can take 3–6 months and arguably longer to fully understand the concepts of a public cloud, while the landing zones unblock by providing prescriptive guidance straight out of the box.

For customers looking to adopt a hybrid approach to their cloud strategy, as part of a future multicloud integration, the enterprise baseline scale landing zone affords them an advantage through the configuration of FastConnect or IPSec VPN to their on-premise workloads.

Today, the enterprise scale baseline landing zone is available in two forms, through the Oracle Cloud Console and GitHub.

On the Oracle Cloud Console homepage, customers find a Quick Start designed to allow customers to start small and scale and a complete option that comes with both an architecture and implementation guide to help customers get all the information they need quickly, while also supporting active directory federation and FastConnect remote connectivity.

Figure 1: Oracle Cloud Console homepage, showing the baseline sandbox landing zone Quick Start
Figure 1: Oracle Cloud Console homepage, showing the baseline sandbox landing zone Quick Start

To access the full version of the enterprise scale baseline landing zone, customers can download it from the OCI GitHub repository.

What’s next?

Some changes that you can expect to see in the future include an interactive self-assessment tool to help navigate the OCI CAF.

Review the updates in the OCI Cloud Adoption Framework website and the technical site content for enhanced content. For questions or feedback regarding the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Cloud Adoption Framework, contact the Cloud Adoption Framework team.

We look forward to supporting you in your digital transformation journey.

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Farouk Khan

Senior Principal Product Manager - OCI Landing Zones

Farouk Khan is currently the Product Owner for OCI Landing Zones, defining the product direction and future strategy. Prior to this, Farouk has worked across multiple subject area within IT and Cloud, from sales to solution architecture and beyond. Farouk is passionate about the IT industry and the many ways it is helping to solve challenges for customers across the world.

Faye Hutsell

Director of Product Marketing, OCI GTM


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