Monday Mar 30, 2015

Oracle Excellence Awards Recognize CIOs of the Year - What Do They Have in Common?

The 2014 Oracle Excellence Awards have named five CIOs of the Year who are featured in the latest edition of Oracle Magazine.

This year's winners have aligned business and technology to succeed in our fast paced, ever changing market. They have managed disruption to the benefit of their businesses. What do these CIOs have in common? They're visionaries who are focused on their customers and adopting technologies that will enable their businesses to thrive and innovate. All of these CIOs are doing this by leveraging an integrated technology infrastructure.

IDC expects the worldwide integrated systems market to grow from $7.3 billion in 2013 to $17.9 billion in 2018 and estimates that 15% of the IT hardware market (server, external storage, and networking) will be sold as part of an integrated system by 2018.

I'd like to congratulate the Oracle Excellence Awards CIOs of the Year and invite you to read their stories:

  • Nam-Seuk Han, senior vice president and CIO at SK Telecom —Asia Pacific
  • Jordi Fontanals, chief operations officer (and former CIO) of CaixaBank in Barcelona, Spain —EMEA
  • Yoshifumi Ozawa, general manager of the IT Solution Division at Mazda Motor Corporation —Japan
  • Patricio Melo, executive vice president of IT and operations at Banco Davivienda in Bogotá, Colombia —Latin America
  • Marty Schoenthaler, vice president and CIO at ADM —North America


Thursday Mar 12, 2015

HBR Finds Lack of IT/Business Partnership is Top Roadblock to Digital Innovation

Research shows that companies integrating digital technologies such as social, mobile, cloud, and analytics into their business strategy are 26% more profitable than peers in their industries. 

Yet, a recent study by Harvard Business Review’s research arm indicates that the biggest barrier to driving digital innovation in the enterprise is the IT / business partnership.

The need for speed is a driving factor, with business decision makers wanting faster response times from IT, and often outsourcing apps or other IT functions if they can’t get them. At the same time, IT is spending most of its resources just keeping the lights on and getting bogged down by increasing complexity (exacerbated by 3rd party apps and “shadow IT”). However, according to the HBR survey, the majority of business managers prefer to work with their internal IT departments vs. outsourcing.

So what’s the solution? It has to be multi-faceted to incorporate people, processes, and technology…all in an effort to drive tighter business and IT alignment. 

I’m going to talk about this topic in-depth with Abbie Lundberg, contributing editor for Harvard Business Review Analytic Services during a webcast on March 18 at 10am PT. If you’re interested, please register to join us and participate in the live chat. 

I’d also like to hear your opinion. Does your company have strong IT/business alignment? If so, what do you do that works? What do you think the biggest challenges are?

Wednesday Jan 14, 2015

The Internet of Things Will Be Huge, Is Your IT Infrastructure Ready to Support It?

IDC predicts that the worldwide IoT market will grow from $1.3 trillion in 2013 to $3.04 trillion in 2020 (1). IDC also states that within three years, 50% of IT networks will transition from having excess capacity to handle the additional IoT devices to being network constrained. (2)

As further evidence, analyst firm 451 Research reported an increase in M&A spending in 2014 that pushed 'Internet of Things'-related deal-making past the $14bn mark, a fortyfold increase in acquirer spending compared to 2013. (3)

This rate of growth cannot be ignored. IoT is inevitable and will create tremendous opportunity for a new wave of services built around connected devices. It will also pose challenges to IT and infrastructure leaders for the following reasons:
  • The volume of data that will come off devices will be enormous and capable of completely overwhelming network infrastructures.
  • IT infrastructures will need to support these vast amounts of data.
  • Solutions that aren’t fully integrated will fail to deliver needed data and analytic capabilities. All devices will need to be integrated with all other devices, so seamless integration of applications and technologies will be critical.
  • Realizing business value from IoT will be dependent upon scalable and flexible infrastructures that can integrate and secure data received from various components and devices.

How can you prepare? A good first step is to modernize IT infrastructures and upgrade legacy architectures. As is the case with other technology trends like mobile, big data, and social, IT needs to be agile and strongly aligned with the business. This means anticipating and responding to business needs quickly, providing real-time information that informs decision-making, and being scalable to support planned and unplanned growth.



What are you doing as an IT leader to prepare for this next wave of technology change?

If you want to see a short video about the growth of IoT, check out, “The Internet of Things: Managing the Complexity

Follow me on Twitter @hvenkat1.

Harish Venkat is Vice President of the Global Hardware Systems Business Group at Oracle Corporation.


(1) ‘Finding Success in the New IoT Ecosystem: Market to Reach $3.04 Trillion and 30 Billion Connected "Things" in 2020, IDC Says,’ press release, Nov. 7, 2014
(2) IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Internet of Things 2015 Predictions, Dec 2014, http://www.idc.com/research/viewtoc.jsp?containerId=252872
(3) “451 Research: Jump in M&A spending in 2014 pushes 'Internet of Things'-related deal-making past the $14bn mark.” PRWeb, Jan 6, 2015, http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/01/prweb12424187.htm

Monday Dec 08, 2014

The Best Infrastructure for Your Private Cloud

There is still a Conventional Wisdom in IT that the way to architect private clouds is to use generic X86 servers, with open source software such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and virtualization software such as VMware. Oracle's technology creates a New Wisdom, in which a better infrastructure for building private clouds provides higher efficiency, more agility and flexibility, and ultimately better value.

Oracle's winning technology acts on three areas:

  • decreases the overhead on creating and running Virtual Machines (VMs), through a layered virtualization model
  • increases the number of VMs supported per server, while eliminating oversubscription, through processors with high hardware thread density
  • increases the agility and flexibility of managing Virtual Machine life cycle, while allowing for compliance guarantees

This blog entry describes in more detail how this is accomplished.

Thursday Dec 04, 2014

What Cloud Infrastructure Will Best Deliver?

Cloud computing is on every CIO’s mind right now, as enterprises continue their strong adoption of public and private clouds in an effort to increase agility and cost savings. When it comes to the ideal mix though, which public-, private- or hybrid-cloud infrastructure can best deliver? I asked this question to a lot of CIOs a couple of weeks ago when I spoke at the Wipro Leading Edge executive customer event in Prague, and I heard mixed responses.

According to a September 2014 Computerworld survey of IT executives in midsize to large enterprise organizations, enterprise usage of private clouds is growing faster than that of the public cloud.

Where do you think we’ll be in two years and what will be the mix? Do you plan to adopt a public, private, or hybrid cloud strategy?


Harish Venkat is Vice President of the Global Hardware Systems Business Group at Oracle Corporation.

Monday Mar 04, 2013

Oracle x86 Systems – Putting the Infrastructure in IaaS (Part One of Three)

Recent IDC cloud research shows that worldwide revenue from public IT cloud services will reach $72.9 billion in 2015, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 27.6%. Specifically, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) will have shown a 33% CAGR dating from 2011-2014. There are various forces driving this meaningful growth, and different sources all agree that the SMB-Cloud Market will likely grow to over $50B by 2014, with the Enterprise space reaching $20B. Small- and medium-sized businesses are migrating to the cloud to reduce the operating and capital expenditures associated with hardware and software, as well as costs associated with support and maintenance.  Enterprise customers are also taking advantage of the cloud, but in a different light. Enterprise customers are segmenting their IT into portions that generate revenue and portions that are considered standard IT, and capable of being moved to the cloud. The common theme is that companies want to simplify their IT and focus their internal resources on areas that allow them to meet the expectations of their internal and external customers, as well as keep pace with their competition.

Oracle understands these needs and offers a complete ecosystem of solutions jointly designed with their x86 portfolio of systems to offer its customers meaningful innovation centered on delivering business value and the most efficient path to the cloud. Oracle’s IaaS solution includes their x86 standalone servers, the innovative Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance, the choice of operating systems in Oracle Linux or Solaris, virtualization software with Oracle VM, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c for complete system management, and the newly introduced Oracle Virtual Networking, which combines hardware and software for tremendous reductions in Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

Figure-1. Oracle Optimized Solution for Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure

Oracle x86 Red Stack 

Oracle’s IaaS x86 Block has been implemented in conjunction with Oracle’s middleware and applications by several cloud solution providers, including dcVAST, an IT and Managed Services company serving customers ranging from middle market to Fortune 500 organizations. Prior to 2011, dcVAST has a mixed solution consisting of Oracle software, Red Hat Linux (RHEL), along with HP and Dell servers virtualized using VMware. However, they encountered several challenges including a lack of service flexibility, limited scalability, ineffective solution support, and rising costs associated with VMware and RHEL. This complexity led David Cintron, vice president of Managed Services at dcVAST, to migrate their IaaS services to Oracle’s enterprise cloud infrastructure architecture, which provides a single-vendor solution for the entire hardware and software stack, and is designed for rapid deployment. The solution dcVAST implemented to replace the complex and mixed vendor installation consisted of Oracle’s x86 blade systems, Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance, Oracle’s Fabric Network and Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c for ubiquitous management.  Cintron points out, “The fact that Oracle VM and the Hypervisor are included means there is less cost to our customers. Also, our engineering staff finds the Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center, which includes a patch management tool, especially useful. Without it, we would have had to buy another product or cascade into operating system management around Red Hat. We need to run a supported Linux environment and be able to rely on security and patch fixes, and now this is part of the solution with Oracle hardware. This is a valuable added benefit for us and our ability to service our customers.”

Oracle Enterprise Manager Stack for x86 Systems

Six months after implementation, the Oracle solution is on track in delivering 50 percent TCO savings based on the low acquisition cost and ongoing operational efficiencies. Only with Oracle’s x86 systems with a support contract, do customers receive their choice of Oracle Linux or Solaris, Oracle VM, and Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c at no additional cost, offering valuable savings for customers to reinvest in revenue generating activities. Don Swanson, CEO of dcVAST, explained, "The Oracle Optimized Solution for Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure provides a customizable solution that can be tailored specifically for our clients running Oracle systems. It delivers smoother deployment and increased functionality of Oracle ATG Commerce and cloud services. If customers are running Oracle software and they are moving to the cloud, this is the solution they should be using because true to form, Oracle runs better on Oracle.”

Now that you have been introduced to Oracle’s IaaS architecture for public or private clouds, look for part two and three of this topic, where I will cover deeper insights into the innovations found within each architectural element, and how they integrate to provide a differentiated solution, aimed at helping customers meet the ever growing demands on their cloud implementations.

Edgar Haren is a Principal Product Director at Oracle for Oracle’s x86 systems and solutions. He previously spent several years in product development and marketing focused on High Performance Computing. Edgar has 19 provisional patents and public disclosures focusing on server power solutions, mobile power, wireless audio, direct audio, USB switching, physical security, video projection and ergonomics.

Tuesday Jan 15, 2013

Oracle IaaS with Capacity on Demand – Engineered Systems Hardware for a Monthly Fee. Possibly the Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread.

It’s no mystery that Oracle offers the most comprehensive and flexible portfolio of cloud products and services in the industry. From public cloud to private cloud, our strategy is to empower and support customers to make the best decisions with products and services that address their needs throughout their journey to the cloud. Today, we’re excited to announce the addition of Oracle Infrastructure as a Service with Capacity on Demand (Oracle IaaS).

Engineered SystemsWhat is Oracle IaaS you say? It’s Oracle’s newest private cloud offering that enables organizations to deploy Oracle Engineered Systems, including Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle Exalogic Elastic CloudOracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, Sun ZFS Storage Appliance,and Oracle SPARC SuperCluster, in their own data centers, behind their firewall – all for a monthly fee.

Yes, you heard that right. Now you can have Oracle Engineered Systems hardware deployed on-premise without upfront capital expenditures in a pure OpEx model in which Oracle still owns the hardware. With Oracle IaaS, instead of buying or leasing the hardware, you can now spread the cost over time by paying a simple monthly fee – there’s no financing or complex lease terms involved.

What’s Capacity on Demand? Well for customers who want the power, security, and reliability of an on-premise engineered system, but don’t necessarily need all of that computing capacity all the time, each Oracle IaaS system includes additional CPU capacity that can be enabled at any time to handle peak workloads and disabled when no longer needed. Capacity on Demand helps keep infrastructure costs down because customers only pay for the additional CPU capacity during the months it’s used, while providing extra juice whenever workloads spike or business requirements change.

Wait, there’s more. Oracle Infrastructure as a Service includes industry-leading services that maximize performance, reliability and security. With the monthly fee, customers also receive Oracle Premier Support for Systems, Oracle Platinum Services, and the new Oracle PlatinumPlus Services which provide quarterly proactive analysis and advisory services to ensure that customers’ systems are configured optimally – all at no extra cost.

Don't just take my word for it. Learn more about Oracle IaaS with Capacity on Demand at http://oracle.com/goto/iaas. Also, join Mark Hurd and Juan Loaiza on January 22nd for the LIVE webcast Introducing Oracle Infrastructure as a Service.

Friday Aug 24, 2012

Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure for Dummies eBook

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