Monday Sep 21, 2015

Your Next Business Transformations will require a Hybrid Cloud Architecture

This posting represents highlights of the upcoming presentations at the annual Oracle ECA Summit, October 27 at Oracle OpenWorld.  Talk to your Oracle account manager for an invitation - Today!

The public cloud has typically been outside of the domain of enterprise architects. On the surface, it has been considered an external silo where procurement decisions have been driven by line of business executives. But not anymore. Business processes extend into the cloud. And, the cloud extends into the enterprise.

However, this state of affairs is changing rapidly as customers increasingly embrace cloud computing. Enterprise architects are called on not only to review public cloud implementations but also to understand how best to integrate new cloud offerings with existing on-premises information systems. Most companies will have a combination of assets combining public cloud SaaS, PaaS and IaaS with their existing on-premises systems. The marketing folks are calling this Hybrid IT. Enterprise architects therefore face a new set of challenges as they figure out how to integrate these systems with each other.

Today's enterprise architects face a shifting set of circumstances. In the next two years, a growing number of companies plan to move key parts of their computing workloads to public clouds to take advantage of lights-out automated software provisioning and management, rapid project implementation, elastic scalability, and subscription-based pricing models. To keep up with consumer demand, IT has become an external service broker. In some cases IT pros have been forced to support heterogeneous cloud "silos" that may have proprietary methods of security, integration, management, and governance. These trends are forcing core IT departments to formalize enterprise governance and enterprise architecture to mitigate risk.

Oracle ECA Summit Agenda 

The Oracle Enterprise Architecture team has helped a number of large-scale early adopters on their journey to a variety of Hybrid implementations. At this year’s Oracle Enterprise Cloud Architecture Summit, held at Oracle Open World on October 27, 2015, three customer architects will speak to their experiences in building these next generation platforms. See the full agenda and abstracts here.

  • Dev/Test in the Oracle Public Cloud
  • Big Data in the Oracle Public Cloud
  • Integration in the Oracle Public Cloud
As a bonus, Peter Magnusson, SVP Cloud Development, Oracle will clarify the requirements and plans for Oracle’s enterprise-class and production workload cloud services.  Last year, Thomas Kurian, President, Development, Oracle also spoke to the landscape of technology cloud services. You can read that article here.

To learn more about Hybrid IT and Oracle’s Cloud Services, come to Oracle’s ECA Summit, October 27 at Oracle OpenWorld in SF. Talk to your Oracle account manager for an invitation - Today!

Monday Mar 30, 2015

Is Database-as-a-Service in your IT Services Catalog?

Private Database Cloud Services or Database as a Service (DBaaS) is no longer a new idea. In fact, it is quickly becoming the de facto standard for development and testing environments both on premises and in the public cloud. And while there are many use cases and deployment options, overall database total cost of ownership and business agility have benefited from a standardized approach to workload management. Whether you are a DBA, an operations manager, or a CIO, you are well aware that business-driven interest in social, mobile, big data, and internet of things have caused an explosion of development, data, and database workloads. The justification for database operations to pool resources and standardize services has never been clearer – watch this customer story (TRT1:30).[Read More]

Tuesday Jan 03, 2012

Carpe Nube*


Enterprise Architecture is more important than ever with the increased adoption of Cloud Computing.  Most companies that I work with have a range of systems and initiatives that span the continuum of “must stay in house” to “this is best run in the public cloud.”  There are 3 types of Cloud Models:

  1. Private Cloud (we like cloud, but need to manage it ourselves because of security/cost/agility/etc.. reasons)
  2. Public Cloud (here are the systems we need, we will pay you to run it for us)
  3. Hybrid Cloud (some systems we need to keep in-house but for other stuff it would be cost effective (or cost avoiding)  if we did not have to run/maintain them ourselves)

In all cases, Cloud is an IT operational model (what systems run where) that is driven by business needs and imperatives.  Even if you go 100% Public Cloud, you still need to make sure that the Applications and Information provided by those systems are meeting the ever changing business needs.  The Hybrid Cloud model provides even more complexity because applications, communication, integration, data flow, and security need to be coordinated across the Cloud boundaries. 

Enterprise Architecture is the glue that can help keep all of these things together and is why Cloud Computing does not get rid of the need for EA, in fact, it is this humble author’s opinion that it dramatically increases the need of EA stewardship over Cloud.

* (Latin for Seize the Cloud)


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