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Overcoming A Rocky Path to The Cloud

Maywun Wong
Director, Product Marketing

The cloud is causing a major change in how enterprise organizations operate. Many businesses are eager to shift their enterprise workloads to the public cloud to take advantage of its flexibility, and the freedom it gives them to innovate. But not every business can commit to the cloud yet, or even develop a cloud strategy for transforming their business. What cloud journeys is right for you?

Previously, Anne Plese looked at enterprise hybrid cloud models and how they enable you to easily move application components and workloads between your on-premises infrastructure and the public cloud. This time around, I want to explore the options for organizations that want the power that public cloud can deliver, but need to maintain complete isolation of their IT infrastructure.

Cloud Adoption Hurdles

As cloud adoption continues to grow across all verticals, many firms still face huge obstacles that prevent them from fully embracing the technology.

Due to the nature of their business and the sensitive data they create, financial services organizations, public sector departments, healthcare providers, and other highly regulated industries need better cloud options compares to traditional public cloud solutions currently on the market. Complying with legislation and business regulations means they need an infrastructure that’s secure and compliant, when they move business critical applications and data from on-premises to the cloud. Some may even be required by law to keep data on premises, eliminating public cloud options entirely.

Even more agile firms run into difficulties when considering a fully cloud-based infrastructure due to potential latency issues with different application and technology components of their business.

A New Cloud Consumption Model is Born

Our belief is that organizations across every sector should be able to benefit from the agility and performance of public cloud services wherever they want—even in their own data center. How did we solve this problem? We looked into offering all the benefits of a public cloud and allowed our customers to put it behind their firewall into their data center with the Oracle Cloud Machine, part of our Oracle Cloud at Customer suite of products. We give them full control while complying with data sovereignty and residency requirements.

Oracle Cloud At Customer is a breakthrough service to help global organizations simplify their cloud adoption. For more than a decade, we’ve been committed to helping customers develop successful strategies for moving to the cloud, enabling them to speed up innovation and transform their businesses. And this is the first time a major public cloud vendor has delivered an on-premises stack that is 100% compatible with the Oracle Cloud. As a result, you get the same experience as in the Oracle Cloud, along with the control, security, and privacy you rely on from your data center. Oracle Cloud At Customer enables you to retain data within your data center or contain it within a compliant geographic location while you take advantage of the usual cloud benefits. Because the software works seamlessly with the Oracle Cloud, it’s a perfect solution for disaster recovery, elastic bursting, dev test, and lift-and-shift workload migration. And as it also comes with a single API and scripting toolkit, enabling fast and convenient DevOps. 

Cloud at Customer and You

When you want to evolve your environment and offer more modern tools to your users and customers alike, while still maintaining control, Oracle Cloud At Customer can help you develop a successful strategy towards that. As an IT leader, a lot rests on your shoulders. You are the protectors of sensitive data, but also responsible for fostering innovation and keeping costs down while you do it. Because public clouds are dynamic and flexible, there is also the added pressure of creating an environment that supports a variety of Oracle as well as non-Oracle workloads. As Amitab Sharma mentioned in his post about cloud options for the public sector,

"government agencies spent more than 75% of their IT budget on operations and maintenance investments in 2015... potentially limit[ing] agencies’ adoption of cloud technologies with less budget flexibility than previously planned."

As we see it, traditional data centers and public clouds are at odds offering valid pros and cons. But with Oracle Cloud at Customer, you get the same technology, same operational model, and same financial model as the public Oracle Cloud behind your firewall. And because everything is managed by Oracle using the same people and processes we use for our public cloud, you get the hands-off feeling of a subscription-based public cloud model while still hitting all the compliance, security, and cost efficiency checkboxes. This approach allows you to truly go "Cloud First" from the safety and convenience of their own data center.  

Oracle Cloud At Customer makes it simpler for you to integrate cloud apps with on-premises apps, and other cloud apps—thanks to Enterprise Integration. The Management feature offers a unified experience, making it easier to manage workloads on-premises and in the Oracle Cloud. And then when you're ready, you can lift your workloads and shift them partially or entirely to the cloud, on your terms.

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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