Tuesday Jun 04, 2013

From Hybrid cars to Hybrid Clouds - it’s great to have choice!

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 Service.

o You have the capability and tools to develop a Private Cloud on premise, with WebLogic Server.

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 Elastic Cloud.

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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