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Yes or No to the Cloud?

Louise Tegner
Communications & Marketing Manager

Author: Ali Mohammed, IaaS Delivery Consultant at Oracle Consulting

Many organizations today are still in dilemma whether to “go / no go” with migrating their on premises workloads to Cloud. For most organizations, the promise of trouble-free, cloud-based information systems remains an elusive goal. Although cloud technology is pervasive, today’s installations primarily consist of new applications in private clouds managed by in-house IT staff. The vast majority of enterprise applications and infrastructure still remains on premises.

But that’s changing fast. Oracle allows you to migrate any workload to the cloud, setting the stage for a new era of cloud-based data, applications, and infrastructure. 

Why Should Your Organization Migrate to the Cloud?

Cloud computing has entered the mainstream—and it’s here to stay. According to 451 Research, 60% of all computing workloads are expected to be in a public or private cloud by 2019 (Source: https://451research.com/blog/1910-by-2019,-60-of-it-workloads-will-run-in-the-cloud).

However, IT leaders often hesitate to move critical applications into the hands of cloud service providers—partly because they don’t see a clear migration path for entrenched legacy assets, but also because they aren’t sure whether public cloud services are ready for enterprise needs. They are right to be skeptical: Most public cloud offerings are characterized by insufficient deployment choices, limited compatibility between on-premises and cloud systems, and a lack of enterprise-level management capabilities. 

A Realistic Approach to Cloud Computing

Oracle has a realistic view of cloud computing that encourages a hybrid cloud infrastructure, with prepackaged applications and tools for rapid provisioning, migration, centralized management, and integration.

The Cloud That Stands Apart

Oracle Cloud represents the industry’s most complete offering. It spans the infrastructure, platform, and application layers, with integrated consumption models and centralized management.

This highly versatile cloud platform offers choice of deployment—private, public, and hybrid cloud options, with similar technology in each category and easy interchangeability among them. It supports many different applications, languages, operating systems, and data types. It’s ideal for both Oracle applications and third-party applications. And all apps run identically, whether deployed on premises or in the cloud.

Support for Any Workload or Application

While public cloud services were initially popular for development and testing (DevTest), Oracle Cloud is ready for production applications as well. Oracle’s cloud-based management tools enable you to manage your on-premises and public cloud assets from a single console, using the familiar processes and skill sets that you have today.

Some organizations begin by moving their DevTest operations to the cloud. Others use the cloud to expand their analytics horizons, or to establish a cloud archive to back-up their data. After that, they gradually move key applications to the cloud to extend on-premises infrastructure with new cloud platforms.

Of course, Oracle Cloud supports much more than just Oracle applications and infrastructure. For existing customers currently running Oracle software (such as Oracle E-Business Suite; Oracle’s JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, and Siebel applications; as well as Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server) on premises, these applications can simply be repackaged for a seamless deployment experience in the cloud.

The truth is, you can migrate any workload to Oracle Cloud—and most customers do. 

“We recently purchased Oracle Compute Cloud, Oracle Storage Cloud, Oracle Database Cloud Service, and Oracle Database Backup Service to replace our legacy ERP system. With a minimal IT staff and Oracle Cloud, we are transforming the way we do business — running our entire manufacturing operation with Oracle Cloud behind it.”

— Paul Davidson, Co-founder, Lift Software (Source: Migrate Any Application Cloud Essentials to Oracle Cloud )

Safe and Productive Journey

Oracle Cloud helps you easily migrate to the cloud while reducing the costs of IT modernization. You can preserve existing investments with familiar tools, and you don’t have to rewrite code to migrate your software assets. Elastic capacity through “cloud bursting” gives you the capacity you need without having to oversubscribe. The biggest savings come from eliminating capital expenses by lifting and shifting entire workloads to the cloud and retiring data center assets. Oracle offers cloning tools to seamlessly copy applications and data to the cloud. With what we call “lift and shift” migrations, you can move existing systems to the cloud intact—quickly and easily.

With Oracle, there is no workload left behind—and no compromise.

Enabling the Journey to Cloud

  • From any starting point
  • New cloud, private cloud, and hybrid cloud
  • All workloads, developers, data, apps, and business practices

You can start your journey to Oracle Cloud from any point: new clouds, legacy environments, and hybrid implementations. Oracle’s complete and integrated approach makes it easy to get started and even easier to expand. You can start by lifting and shifting application workloads to Oracle IaaS, such as Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Services. Or you can migrate workloads to Oracle PaaS on Oracle Cloud infrastructure. Either way, you will have the flexibility to migrate any type of workload, use any type of development methodology, and upload many different types of data—including big data and large analytic workloads.  Oracle Consulting delivery experts can guide and help you make this journey to Oracle Cloud.

It’s time to gain the advantages of connecting all applications and business practices—both from Oracle and other vendors. Once your assets are in the cloud, Oracle experts can help you run, manage, and maintain those assets for as long as you wish. 

Typical Savings Achieved by Oracle Cloud Customers

  • As much as 50 percent CapEx savings on database licenses
  • As much as 28 percent savings by eliminating duplicate administrative resources
  • As much as 74 percent reduction in operational overhead in their data centers

(Source: http://www.oracle.com/assets/ipaper-cloudessentials-migrate-apps-3843142.pdf )

Try to discover how much you could save by migrating to Cloud — bit.ly/2pDZKcb 

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