OK, I admit it, my Toyota
Prius Plug-in Hybrid isn’t the most exciting car I’ve had the
opportunity to drive, nor do I love its gray color, but I got the gray because
these cars are in such high demand and waiting 4 months wasn’t appealing. But
why are they so popular? The concept of
having a car that gives you choice between electricity and gas is
simply a winner. Electricity is more cost effective and unbelievably quiet. Gas
gives you performance and works better for long distances, you get the idea.
Well, the benefits may be different, but the same concept is true for
the Cloud, choice is king!
Having the flexibility to share data across Private and Public Clouds
in a Hybrid Cloud model allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds. It allows
you to set your desired design points around key dimensions:
Security – continuing to star at the top of the Cloud concerns
chart, many believe that Private Cloud is a better choice for applications
where security is a primary concern. Today when I drive my car to work, I have
no place to plug in for power, but Oracle is working on it as part of our Green
initiative, so that will change in the future. Cloud security may also change
as this fascinating space continues to evolve. So in the meantime, you want to
build capabilities that will keep your options open as the industry evolves.
Quality of Service – how
much control do you have over QoS? Are you comfortable trusting a 3rd
party vendor or do you want to gain control? To some organizations, the idea of giving control to a 3rd
party with tight SLAs is appealing, as that 3rd party may have more
expertise than what you have in house.
IT skills – which brings us to skills. Hosting an application in
a Public Cloud is a lot less taxing on your IT staff, so you can get more done
with fewer people.
Cost model (CAPEX/OPEX) – a Private Cloud approach puts much of
your cost in CAPEX, whereas taking a Public Cloud approach moves the cost over
to the OPEX side. If you’ve already made an on premise investment, going the
Private Cloud rout may be appealing, if you’re just starting out, perhaps you’d
rather save on that up-front cost.
These are just a few considerations
that come into play, the point is, there is no right or wrong answer. And even
within your company, the decision may change, depending on the application, the
team in place and other factors. This is
why having choice is important, it gives you the flexibility to optimize your
decision according to the situation at hand.
Oracle Cloud Application
Foundation gives you that choice, so you can eat your Cloud and have it too.
o You can develop
applications on Oracle Cloud, our Public Cloud Offering with the Java Cloud
o You have the capability and
tools to develop a Private Cloud on premise, with WebLogic
o And you can design your desired
Hybrid Cloud model to share data between them.
o And since no blog post is
complete without mentioning Engineered Systems, as you are probably guessing,
both our Private and Public Cloud solutions are optimized to run on Exalogic
So next time you’re stuck in
traffic burning gas, perhaps it will make you think about your Cloud choices
and inspire you to go Hybrid.
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Application Foundation, visit our website
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