Thursday Apr 07, 2016

Oracle Cloud Machine: Oracle Cloud At Your Datacenter

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 –

  1. Oracle Cloud operated and delivered as a service behind your firewall
  2. Same PaaS and IaaS software, and the same updates as Oracle Cloud
  3. Same cost-effective subscription pricing model as Oracle Cloud
  4. Address regulatory, privacy, legal, and business requirements
  5. 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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Friday Mar 18, 2016

Oracle Data Management Solutions: Leadership From The Data Center To The Cloud

With nearly four decades of data management and analytics innovation, Oracle is off to a strong start for 2016. Industry analyst Gartner has recognized Oracle’s leadership among technology providers offering data management solutions. Gartner evaluates solution providers based on a variety of criteria including performance, customer usability, innovations, vision completeness and pricing. Based on these and other parameters, Gartner has published its latest Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse and Data Management Solutions for Analytics, and it is our opinion that Oracle stood out from the competition by offering a truly unique value proposition to its customers, and the ability to execute on its strategy.

Figure-1: Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse & Data Management Solutions for Analytics

        Now Oracle is harnessing the strength of its on-premise solutions to bring this value to customers through unique and differentiated cloud offerings. Spanning data centers across twenty countries, Oracle offers a complete ecosystem of cloud services including Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), and Data-as-a-Service (DaaS).

Figure-2: Bringing Industry Leading Data Warehouse Expertise To The Cloud

From these service segments, Oracle extends several full-featured data management offerings that align to each step of a customer’s data path. Whether a customer is looking to enable compute services for data ingestion or disaster recovery services for data retention, Oracle’s hybrid cloud design has an end-to-end portfolio that is 100% compatible with on-premise Oracle solutions.

Figure-3: Oracle’s Data Management Cloud Services

As enterprise data management cloud services become more pervasive, data warehouse solutions are also growing in demand. Data warehouse cloud services offer a variety of benefits. First, as data warehouses gather the data from databases and create a layer that is optimized and dedicated to analytics, DWaaS helps reduce the cost and complexity of managing the associated hardware, and enable analysts to focus on extracting value from their data. Secondly, as illustrated above, data has its own life-cycle and does not exist in a silo. By having your data warehouse in the cloud it enables data to flow more readily into key destination points. One such destination point is a business intelligence engine. Oracle offers an intuitive and agile BI cloud offering that extends your analytics with the power of the market-leading Oracle Database. Oracle also supports 3rd party BI and ETL solutions through its IaaS offering to help ensure ease of integration. Lastly, whether your firm is experienced with Hadoop implementations, or you are looking to begin testing its capabilities, Oracle offers a big data cloud service that aligns with emerging trend for hybrid transactional & analytical platforms. This dual path approach helps ensure that you can capture the value of Hadoop and integrate these new data streams within your traditional data consumption models.

One of the big challenges for customers is that many public cloud providers lack support for a true hybrid-cloud and-on-premise data warehousing combination, which is the model that is predicted to be the norm for most organizations by the end of 2018. A second challenge with public cloud providers is that most customers are not looking for point product services, nor are they are satisfied by the incomplete solutions offered. Oracle offers true enterprise grade cloud solutions that are engineered for a compatible hybrid-cloud deployment.

Oracle’s Data Warehouse Cloud Differentiation:

  • The #1 relational database in the industry, offered fully featured to Oracle cloud customers, a value proposition no other public cloud provider can offer.
  • A high-performance data management cloud offering in the Oracle Database Exadata Cloud Service.
  • In-Memory database provides rapid analytic scans enabling queries to execute up to 100X faster, which in turn helps accelerate decision making and better agility.
  • Oracle offers a fully featured cloud DNA that is purposely engineered to enable a hybrid cloud deployment that is 100% compatible with Oracle databases.
  • 75% faster deployment of Oracle databases and applications for faster time to value.
  • While most public cloud providers utilize commodity hardware, Oracle implements a hardened, enterprise grade, architecture optimized for critical workloads.
  • Industry leading 10x data compression for reduced storage costs and increased performance.

Figure-4: A True Enterprise Grade Cloud Service