Many Clouds Many Choices - Questions and Answers Series from the Oracle Enterprise Management Online Forum

As mentioned in my blog earlier this week, I talked about sharing the Q&A from the Oracle Enterprise Management Forum in a series of blogs during next few weeks.  In this blog, I will share the Q&A from the "Many Clouds Many Choices" session in the IT Management / Architect track .

As enterprise adoption of cloud computing accelerates, driven by compelling advantages of higher efficiency and lower costs, rapid deployment and elastic scalability, organizations need a plan for moving from the current state toward cloud models based on shared services, self-service and metered use.

In this session, Rex Wang, Vice President, Product Marketing, Oracle talked about how can organizations get started on the evolution to cloud computing . This was the best attended session in this track. The recording from the Oracle Enterprise Management Online Forum  is now available to watch on demand as well.

Questions and Answers from "Many Clouds Many Choice" session 

Q. Do you have migration tools to help me move from physical to shared?

A. Oracle's Cloud Management covers all stages of the Cloud lifecycle. This includes discovery of your IT assets, consolidation planning, packaging of applications for cloud deployment and functional and load testing to ensure the performance and availability of your cloud based applications. For applications running in the cloud we provide tools for proactive monitoring, metering and chargeback and ongoing patching and maintenance.

Q. Do you recommend cloud for new apps vs. existing apps?

A. Many organizations are starting out on cloud computing by putting their new applications out on a cloud. But it's also common for companies to take their existing apps and move them to a cloud environment in order to leverage the cost benefits as well as the ability to make changes rapidly. the IOUG cloud study already mentioned refers to many existing customers moving existing apps out onto a cloud.

Q. Does Oracle offer pre-built cloud templates/configurations for its own software?

A. Oracle has created pre-built virtual machine assemblies and templates of Oracle software and will continue to add more configurations.

Q. Do we have to use Virtualization to have a cloud?

A. No, not specifically, the virtualization capability is an important technology for enabling cloud computing, but it's not a requirement either.

Q. How is Oracle’s Public Cloud different from other service providers’ offerings?

A. Oracle's Public Cloud service offering is different from other providers 1.Oracle Public Cloud offers Complete Oracle Stack services 2.PaaS (Platform as a Service) for Database as a service, Java as a Service and Data Service 3.SaaS solutions for Fusion HCM, CRM, Oracle Social Network 4.Standards based, Elastic Cloud 5.Move applications between the Oracle Public Cloud and own private cloud.

Q. How should my company think about the decision between Private, Hybrid and Public Clouds?

A. There are several factors that you should consider to choose between the various options Cloud Maturity in your organization Your business application needs and where those business needs are best met with most ROI (private or public) Standards based cloud solutions Ability to move between cloud and On-Premise. What kind of Data Security you need for your application? How mission critical your application is?

Q. I do not understand, Oracle Cloud Applications can be consider a Public Cloud ?

A. Oracle's cloud applications can be consumed in different ways, including delivered via a public cloud, deployed on a private cloud, or deployed in a traditional on-premise (non-cloud) environment. Because it is the same software, customers can change the deployment model if they wish, such as moving the application from a public cloud to on-premise.

Q. How cloud computing is different from grid computing?

A. Cloud computing builds upon some of the key characteristics of grid computing. Both cloud and grid are based on shared/pooled and elastically scalable architecture. Cloud extends that by adding self-service, where end-users can provision, monitor and manage IT resources. In grid computing, that would be done by an IT admin. Another difference is that cloud often includes metering of the shared IT resources in order to allocate costs and charge/bill user for how much of the pooled resources they consume.

Q. How do you access that (the prebuilt clouds?). Do you buy it as a service ?

A. The Oracle Public Cloud is Oracle's offering for public cloud services, they will be offered as a service on a subscription basis.

Q. I was asking about the standard that Rex referred to. Later I got that he said java ee sql html & something else?

A. Oracle Public Cloud is based on open industry standards like Java EE and SQL, so that enables standard applications to run there and be moved elsewhere later if desired. This also allows customers to leverage existing skill sets, tools and ecosystems.

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