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Exadata Cloud at Customer - Do More with Data Without Public Cloud Concerns

Maywun Wong
Director, Product Marketing

Question: What percentage of the world’s data was created in the past two years? It has to be at least half, right? Maybe 75%?

It’s actually more—a full 90%of data was produced in the past two years, a rate of 2.5 quintillion bytes a day. What’s even more astonishing is that this pace will only accelerate with wider adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity. 

We can already see how the world is changing because of this data explosion. New business strategies based on massive growth in both volume and value of data is one of the biggest trends driving public cloud adoption. But many organizations have constraints or concerns that keep them from moving their databases into the public cloud. Usually the reasons fall into one of these categories: 

  • Data compliance and sovereignty concerns
  • Data control concerns, making people not fully ready to jump into the cloud
  • Latency concerns for very responsive databases and applications

For example, the European Union has stringent digital privacy rules, and the United States has strict patient privacy regulations for healthcare providers. Public cloud can be deemed too risky for these databases. In other cases, organizations don’t like the aspect of “letting go” of critical customer or intellectual property data. If they need the original data back, will they be able to get it?

We’re seeing more organizations look to the Oracle Cloud at Customer portfolio for an answer to this dilemma. The portfolio has adoption in 50 countries and across all industries. Users want to do more with their data and gain other benefits of the public cloud, but they need to put their own security around their databases.

At this year’s Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco, IT leaders shared how they are “unleashing their data” by moving their architecture to the public cloud while keeping the databases behind their firewalls with Exadata Cloud at Customer, which is an Oracle database running on the popular Exadata hardware.

Analytics for Preventative Care Drives a Switch to Cloud at Customer

For Vishal Mehta, Senior Manager, Architecture at Quest Diagnostics, Exadata Cloud at Customer is a way to provide one of the largest US medical diagnostics providers with a sensible-but-powerful cloud architecture for new data-driven needs.

“We touch at least one-third of the US population, and have around 20 billion data points to work on,” Mehta said. “These are a lot of tests resulting in a lot of data points. The healthcare industry is evolving, and much of its success is attributed to the ability to mine the data being generated. The whole dynamics have changed from ‘How can I provide insights into treatment of the patient?’ to ‘How can I empower the person to stay healthy?’ This changes the whole dynamics for healthcare IT for being able to conduct  advanced near real-time analytics.”

Mehta knows this means a shift for his team, and so he has moved all of the company’s Oracle analytics loads to Exadata Cloud at Customer. He said he realized his team needed to stop spending their time managing multiple machines and license brackets and start spending their time managing data for business growth and support. Because Oracle owns the Exadata machine and handles all maintenance, patching, backups, provisioning, and all other responsibilities, Mehta’s team now has more capacity for more strategic work.

“That’s time we’re going to give back to our DBAs and make our internal customers happy. Let’s do some real engineering now!” he said.

Mehta cited several other Exadata Cloud at Customers benefits that are important to analytics support:

  • A platform that’s reliable, scalable, and high-performing
  • The use of in-memory configuration for better performance
  • On-demand capacity, providing bursting capabilities to support business needs and eliminating capacity waste
  • Ability to use DevOps
  • All major options included with ExaCC with subscription model

Taking the Next Step in Cloud Adoption

Dialog Semiconductor is working toward having all of its services run in the cloud using Oracle Cloud at Customer services. Jochen Hinderberger, Director of IT Applications, told OpenWorld attendees that the journey started two years ago when the company wanted to shift from running data centers to doing data analysis. Dialog started with an Exadata X.4 on-premises server.

Today, the architecture under Hinderberger’s purview includes the Exadata X.4 database (now used as a standby cluster); Exadata Cloud at Customer for the primary cluster; and a Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance for backup and recovery. Dialog’s imminent goal is to migrate two legacy application servers to the public cloud.

Hinderberger said the switch from an on-premises Exadata machine to Exadata Cloud at Customer required a mental shift because the technology team no longer had to manage storage cells, hardware, and other infrastructure. They continue to work closely with the Oracle teams now providing hardware monitoring, database support, and patching.

He considers scalability to be one of the major benefits of moving to the public cloud as Dialog continues to adjust and growth by being more strategic with data.

“If you know business needs are changing, you can adjust very quickly.”

Moving to the Public Cloud at Your Speed

The stories told by Hinderberger, Mehta, and other Cloud at Customer users at this year’s Oracle OpenWorld demonstrated that organizations really can’t follow a one-size-fits-all path to the public cloud. But their stories also showed how organizations are facing common IT challenges as data becomes a more integral part of business success, as well as everyday life.

Learn more about the business challenges our customers faced by visiting the Exadata Cloud at Customer web page. 


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