Break New Ground

Be Successful with Cloud Native

Sherwood Zern
Product Manager / Strategy

I’ve been fortunate enough to be part of the unprecedented growth of developer services and tools that are now available for cloud application development. If I think back 5 years, I don’t think any of us would have imagined how quickly cloud application development has taken hold.

This modern way of developing software is often referred to as cloud native. What is cloud-native? As one point of reference, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) defines it to mean using an open source software stack to be containerized, where each part of the app is packaged in its own container. These containers are dynamically orchestrated, so each part is actively scheduled and managed to optimize resource utilization. In addition, microservices-oriented development tools increase the overall agility and maintainability of applications. 

The benefits make tech media headlines every week, and it seems like a no-brainer, but some companies struggle with how to get started. One of the best options, if you’re unsure how to get started, is to be guided by those with experience in the cloud-native arena.

Oracle is aware of these challenges and has developed a program to assist customers in this transition. The Developer Lighthouse Program (DLP) helps customers move off of ground zero and jumpstart their transition to cloud native application development.

What is the DLP? The DLP provides technical advice and support for the organization’s development team. The program focuses on the developer team by providing them assistance with the move to cloud native. One of the main components to the DLP is a cloud developer day which provides expert assistance in the following areas for an application of your choice. 

Developer Cloud Day

The developer cloud day is 6-hours of customized training. The 6-hours may be a one-day delivery, or it can be adjusted to meet the customer’s availability. Optimally, the delivery will not be more than 3 days of 2-hour instructions on each day.

The topics offered are customized, cloud native topics that the customer chooses. These courses could be basic material such as Introduction to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), Introduction to Kubernetes, Introduction of containers and Docker or they can be more advanced topics.

The courses will be delivered by technical Oracle engineers who have a breadth and depth knowledge of cloud native technologies. Each course offered will consist of hands-on labs and demonstrations. The list below is a sampling of some of the courses the customer can choose from.

  • Introduction to Containers
  • Introduction to OKE (Oracle Container Engine for Kubernetes)
  • Infrastructure as Code – Terraform on OCI
  • APIs and OCI API Gateway
  • Observability in your Distributed Applications
  • CI/CD Pipeline on OCI
  • Building a Zero-Trust network on OKE
  • Monitoring OKE with Prometheus and Grafana

How do you get started?  The program is broken into four phases.

  1. Discovery Workshop
  2. Developer Cloud Day
  3. Up to three months of support from an Oracle expert resource
  4. Deploy

The discovery workshop is for the leadership team to lay out a vision for the digital transformation projects on the OCI developer services. The discovery workshop provides an opportunity for you to discuss your goals, scope a target application development project, and obtain a high-level estimate of the timeframe to deliver on those goals.

During the briefing, one of the expected outcomes is the identification of use cases that will be implemented during the subsequent DLP phases.

The Cloud Dev Day follows, described above. The outcome of the Cloud Dev Day is a targeted use case for cloud development with support from OCI and cloud native experts.

Key Contact

The third benefit to engaging with the DLP is being assigned a key contact from the Cloud Native Developer Services Engineering organization at OCI. This individual will be a technical engineer with several years of experience and heavily involved in the cloud native space. The assigned person will be part of the project team for 3 months to offer product support, training, advice, and handle escalations. Since not one person knows everything, OCI experts in other areas of cloud native may be brought in for additional assistance.

What is the Catch?

OCI only asks for a couple of commitments. 

  1. Provide product requirements feedback to Product Engineering during the process and through an ongoing participation in our Cloud Native Advisory Board (CNAB).
  2. At the delivery of your application in production, be willing to share your experiences with other developers


Engaging with OCI and leveraging the DLP is an excellent opportunity to jumpstart your cloud native development. Don’t be afraid of setting your own path to a digital transformation. With OCI engineers working alongside you and your team, we can get the application off the ground and your entry into cloud native technologies on a fast track.

If your organization is interested in finding out more about the DLP program please update the comments section with your request and the team will get back to you.

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