By Edgar Haren-Oracle on Apr 07, 2016
Over the last few years there has been a flood of marketing around the explosion of data, and the resulting growth of cloud based services. In fact, industry analyst Gartner indicates that the worldwide public cloud services market will reach $204 Billion in 2016. However, there are sub-segments of the market that have been under served by cloud services, and many workloads that are primed for migration to the cloud remain on-premise. Did you know that 75% of enterprise workloads still remain on-premise? According to an IDC survey, “A View of the Cloud Market: Segmenting Cloud Buyers”, 18% of companies were using cloud services for 1-2 small production workloads, and another 20% were still in the planning phase of deployment. In addition to the challenges and complexity of migrating deep rooted enterprise workloads, many firms have hard concerns surrounding the security of these mission critical workloads when residing in public cloud. For this reason, Oracle recently announced the Oracle Cloud Machine, a new and disruptive solution for customers looking for the business agility and efficiency of cloud services, but who prefer the security and control of their own data centers.
The Oracle Cloud Machine is an integrated solution consisting of Oracle hardware and cloud (PaaS) software that is delivered to a customer’s site for deployment. As we mentioned above, there are sub-segments of the market that are underserved by cloud solutions. One such segment consists of large numbers of enterprises that are unable to leverage the benefits of a public cloud due to business and regulatory requirements, and instead require that their workloads run behind their firewall. These customers often fall into the Health Care and Finance verticals, but can also include entities whose business is tied to government programs.
Figure-1: Oracle Cloud at Customer Portfolio
Oracle’s Cloud Machine delivers Oracle’s public cloud PaaS and IaaS capabilities behind your firewall, giving you a choice of where you run your workloads, and enabling workload portability across public cloud and on-premise deployments. This enables customers to benefit from cloud innovation in their own datacenters, and enables developers with the ability to rapidly build, test and deploy applications. OCM is made available via subscription based pricing, and is managed by Oracle, giving you unprecedented choice and single vendor accountability across public cloud and on premises. Some of the key customer benefits are as follows –
- Oracle Cloud operated and delivered as a service behind your firewall
- Same PaaS and IaaS software, and the same updates as Oracle Cloud
- Same cost-effective subscription pricing model as Oracle Cloud
- Address regulatory, privacy, legal, and business requirements
- Keep control over business-critical systems. Use your own firewalls, load balancers, hardware VPNs, etc
Whether a customer is looking to initiate a hybrid cloud model, or they already have a portion of their workloads off-premise, the Oracle Cloud Machine offers a unique solution that ensures compatibility for your on-prem and cloud deployments of Oracle database, software and applications.
Figure-2: Oracle Cloud Machine Initial Offering
In summary, when engaging with customers some of the primary challenges they face in enabling a cloud environment are regulatory compliance, database sprawl, latency and performance concerns coupled with internal pressures to keep pace with the competition and reduce IT costs. Many customers were investigating a cloud enablement but became frustrated with the lack of compatibility between their on-prem platform and the cloud platform they were considering. For more information please visit us at this site, and see how customers like IT consulting firm Cognizant leverage the Oracle Cloud Machine internally and externally to improve their daily business performance.
Figure-3: Customer Challenges & The Oracle Cloud Machine Value Proposition
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