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How 9 Enterprises are Making the Cloud Work for Them

By: Linda Tsan

Product Marketing Manager

Enterprise cloud adoption shows no signs of slowing down. IDC reported that among more than 6,000 IT organizations surveyed, nearly 2/3 were using or planning to use public cloud IaaS in 2016. Gartner projected IaaS to grow by 42.8% in 2016.
 
It’s not only public cloud. Public, private, and hybrid cloud models are all growing fast. In fact, the IDC report predicted that 80% of IT organizations will have hybrid cloud architectures by next year.
 
As David Donatelli, Executive Vice President of Converged Infrastructure here at Oracle, pointed out in his Oracle OpenWorld 2016 keynote address,

“Whether personally you are running the cloud or not today, it is personally impacting you.”

Versatile Infrastructures With No Compromises

Oracle’s customers are showing how IT organizations are adopting a nearly infinite variety of cloud infrastructure models based on their individual needs. While enterprises have been able to deploy the cloud on-premises or in the public cloud, they can now also add a new deployment model: Cloud at Customer, a completely managed cloud that sits inside the customer data center.
 
To help take the risk out of infrastructure investment and the hassle out of cloud deployment, engineered systems with exact cloud counterparts ensure that organizations have the flexibility to move seamlessly from on-premises to public cloud and back again in any way they want, at any time they want. Let’s take a look at how enterprises are making the cloud work for them.

Preparing Existing IT Infrastructure for the Cloud

Despite this massive push towards cloud, most enterprises still have on-premises legacy systems. Oracle customers who aren’t ready to move to the cloud today have found that Oracle engineered systems modernizes their on-premises IT infrastructure to meet the business needs of their modern workforce with the option to move to the cloud at any future point. Think of it as "cloud insurance." Any investment in infrastructure today can go directly to the public cloud in a year or two down the line. That’s possible because every component in the data center has a precise equivalent in the Oracle Cloud, down to the same management software. With the hardware and software co-engineered together, companies like these can easily improve efficiency, save money, and scale without having to build their own systems.

Telefonica Spain is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world with more than 320 million customers in 21 Latin American and European countries. The company was looking to unify its business intelligence systems to get key business insights, simplify systems, improve the customer experience, and process high volumes of data in real time. To do all this, the company consolidated its legacy infrastructure into the Oracle Big Data Appliance, Exadata, and Exalogic. Taking this step lowered its BI infrastructure costs by 67% and enabled a 90% faster time-to-market for new data sources.
 
Land O’Lakes, a nearly 100-year-old agricultural cooperative, has been moving aggressively into SaaS. For its infrastructure solution, the company consolidated its hardware into Exadata, Exalogic, and Exalytics. The results? Business intelligence infrastructure costs sliced in half. 15x faster sales portal and 40% of IT spend moved to the SaaS public cloud.

“Today, we have a SaaS-first mentality—we will move to a SaaS platform instead of upgrading what we have on premises.” -- CIO Michael Macrie, Land O’Lakes

DOCOMO, Japan’s largest mobile service provider with more than 66 million customers, was looking to build a cost-effective and reliable database platform to support growth, ensure high system availability, reduce systems-maintenance workload, and speed application development. To accomplish its objectives, the company consolidated 350 legacy servers on 30 Exadatas. The results were phenomenal. They processed mobile billings 10x faster, installation costs went down 25%, and they significantly reduced their data center footprint and overhead.

Putting the Cloud Behind Your Own Firewall

Many businesses want the speed, agility, and economics of a public cloud model, but they can’t compromise security by putting their data outside their firewall. Healthcare organizations, in particular, must keep data privacy and security a number one priority per regulation standards. For many, that means running a robust private cloud infrastructure, deploying a hybrid approach, or even bringing the public cloud on-premises.

Secure-24, an Oracle Platinum Services Partner, wanted advantages of the cloud but absolutely had to ensure data security to its users. To do this, the managed services provider deployed Oracle Private Cloud Appliance at its data centers. Secure-24 was able to take the fastest path to private cloud by combining the business’ servers, storage, and networking onto Oracle engineered systems. They cut deployment time from 8 weeks to 2 hours and reduced costs by 90% and improved overall performance by 30% compared with its legacy infrastructure. They realized a 56% reduction in TCO—over $12 million—in 3 years. Listen to CTO Sean Donaldson tell the Secure-24 story.

Tieto, the largest IT services company in northern Europe, used Oracle SuperCluster to meet cloud market demand by deploying a cost-effective, flexible, and scalable Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) solution for a range of companies across all public and private sectors. They were able to achieve 80% faster time-to-market for new IT products and services, and enabled rapid client go-live for private and hybrid cloud platforms by reducing database provisioning time from weeks to mere minutes. 

Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre (HCPA) in Brazil chose Cloud at Customer to run its business-critical healthcare workload. The large university hospital, known across Latin America for transplants and genetic research, wanted the economics and flexibility of a public cloud inside the hospital’s data center. Oracle Cloud at Customer was the right prescription. Using Cloud at Customer with its subscription-based model, HCPA can run applications handling sensitive healthcare data on its premises while still taking advantage of low latency connections to other on-premises applications. HCPA has also significantly reduced operating and staffing costs. CIO Valter Ferreira da Silva noted,

“We chose Oracle Cloud Machine to digitally transform our platforms and lower costs, saving about $2.5 million/year in software licensing.”

The advantages go even further. Cloud at Customer now allows HCPA to temporarily add more capacity as needed and provides a self-contained system behind the hospital’s firewall. It also runs the exact software as the Oracle Public Cloud equivalent and has hardware and software entirely managed by Oracle. All HCPA has to do is log in and start working. 

Going "All In" with Public Cloud

With speed, agility, and financial flexibility as top priorities, 3 companies benefitted big time by shifting their workloads to the public Oracle Cloud. They went directly to the public cloud and saw big bottom-line benefits.
 
T-Mobile, which, if you didn't already know, is one of the world's largest telecoms, wanted to save money plain and simple. Taking the plunge, the company moved its compute, storage, and database backup to the public Oracle Cloud. As a result, the company was able to save millions of dollars.

Brinks, a U.S.-based secure logistics company that operates in more than 100 businesses worldwide, needed to archive 2TB of video surveillance footage every week. The company was out of data center space and out of options. By shifting to the Oracle Archive Cloud, the company took advantage of the lowest-cost archive solution in the industry.
 
Independent audit, tax, and advisory firm Grant Thornton needed to improve efficiency for booking its consultants. To accomplish the task, the organization chose the Oracle Compute Cloud. What happened? It added more than $10 million to the bottom line by increasing staff efficiency.

Are You Cloud-Ready?

Engineered systems with exact counterparts in the cloud are the key to all these businesses being able to choose any on-premises, hybrid, or cloud infrastructure model that fits their needs today—with confidence that they have an investment that will keep them cloud-ready tomorrow.

If you’re planning your organization’s journey to the cloud, our white paper—IT Executive’s Guide To Developing An Enterprise Cloud Strategy—is full of tips, stats, and information that will help you make the right choices.

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