IT Innovation | February 1, 2019

Generation 2: Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

By: Tom Haunert


The first wave of cloud technology was great at addressing the needs of startup companies building cloud native apps, but established companies with significant investments in on-premises technology needed a more powerful cloud infrastructure. In 2019, with a more secure, second-generation cloud infrastructure, the time for enterprise technology to “move and improve” from on-premises data centers to the cloud is now.

Oracle Magazine sat down with Kyle York, vice president of product strategy at Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, to talk about generation 2 cloud infrastructure, cloud strategies, security, and more.

Oracle Magazine: At a high level, what is Oracle’s generation 2 cloud infrastructure?

York: One can think of the first-generation cloud as built for cloud native, net-new applications. Gen 2 cloud infrastructure is excellent for those use cases as well, but it also enables enterprises to replace on-premises data centers with a cloud deployment model.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is Oracle’s gen 2 cloud infrastructure, and it’s what we’re building and operating today. It’s purpose-built for the enterprise and couldn’t have been built 10 years ago or 5 years ago, from both an architecture and an open-source-capabilities perspective.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is available globally, and it has the feature set, the capabilities, and the differentiation to run all the mission-critical, high-volume, high-performance data­bases and workloads for the world’s most demanding enterprises. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is ready for any and all workloads.

Oracle Magazine: What are the key benefits to businesses using Oracle Cloud Infrastructure?

York: Oracle Cloud Infrastructure enables businesses to take what they’re running in the data center and move it all to the cloud. How Oracle Cloud Infrastructure supports that move and modern cloud-based operations maps to five strategic pillars.

The first pillar is all about protecting existing investments. Businesses may have decades and decades of on-premises technology investments, and they are not just going to throw out all those investments. Part of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure bare metal architecture means businesses can “move and improve” all of their tech investments to the cloud.

The second pillar is security. This includes everything from network architecture and design to partnerships in networking and hardware. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure security encompasses security operations, network operations, and the Oracle products and services running on Oracle Cloud. This kind of shared security and these shared security operations are incredibly important. Data security is a top priority in choosing enterprise infrastructure, and concerns about security are one of the reasons why we think the enterprise has been so slow to move to the cloud sooner, because there hasn’t been a cloud that businesses can trust.

The third strategic pillar is mission-critical performance. It’s important to look at the performance of cloud infrastructure, from the low latency of the network to the compute and the storage. But it’s also important to deliver high performance at the lowest cost. The goal for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is to have better performance than the rest of the cloud market—based on new architectures, new capabilities, and new technologies—but also deliver the best pricing for that performance so that our customers can more predictably manage costs. This is important for businesses looking at cloud offerings and measuring the cost benefits of their potential cloud solutions. Your cloud infrastructure should scale with your business needs, not run away from them.

The fourth pillar is Oracle’s enterprise expertise, and that includes everything from tooling and support to professional services and our partner ecosystems. We have the ability to help enterprises migrate and operate in the cloud, and we are able to offer enterprise-grade technology to companies of any size, because of the nature of our cloud, which is very scalable and available on demand.

The fifth pillar is openness, and that includes support for open source technology and interoperable standards. Openness makes it easy to move on-premises workloads, manage workloads, and orchestrate different workloads across customers’ premises in a hybrid and multicloud world. We’re also continuing to drive innovations in other areas, such as serverless computing, containers, orchestration, and streaming.

These five core pillars really drive business success and business value, and they’re very deliberate strategic decisions made from day zero in building Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

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Tom Haunert is editor in chief of Oracle Magazine.  

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