By Vinay Kumar (Shivagange Chandrashekar), vice president of product management
Since the beginning of the cloud IT era, there’s been talk of hybrid and multicloud deployment. For the most part, however, it’s been just talk. Today, Oracle is excited to announce an alliance with Microsoft that makes multicloud a reality and allows enterprises to build, migrate, and manage solutions that span clouds with ease.
The majority of large enterprises around the world use both Oracle and Microsoft solutions to power their businesses, running these solutions side-by-side in their on-premises data centers. When enterprises migrate their workloads to the cloud, they often become stranded on multiple cloud islands, with little ability to share data between the islands. The alliance between Microsoft and Oracle represents an industry-first offering that gives customers the ability to seamlessly use multiple clouds with much greater effectiveness. It moves customers towards the promise of nimble apps that can shift from cloud to cloud easily, and even deploying individual apps that span multiple clouds.
Here are some of the specific capabilities that we’re enabling:
Common Multicloud Use Cases
In a connected, multicloud enterprise architecture context, customers now have the ability to run applications that share data across clouds, giving them access to their chosen vendors and services without the hassle and complexity of inconsistent management and custom interconnection. We envision the following common use cases for multicloud deployments:
In general, the first use case is more likely because demanding enterprise applications haven’t been designed to live in different locations. Over time, as applications become more decoupled, we expect to see more adoption of the second use case. Data-oriented enterprise workflows are increasingly connected, with data handoffs, validations, and process extensions being key success criteria. When applications run in a customer data center, it’s fairly easy for these types of handoffs to happen with low latency. But, as these applications have moved to separate clouds, it’s been hard to make them interact effectively. This multicloud agreement will enable just that, giving customers the ability to build a web of loosely coupled yet tightly interconnected applications that span the two vendor’s clouds.
Meeting Customer Demand
The customers that we’ve talked to about these multicloud configurations are eager to get access to this capability. These customers include Albertsons, one of the largest food and drug retailers in the US; Gap Inc., a leading global retailer; and Halliburton, one of the world's largest oil industry services companies. Each of these companies uses both Microsoft and Oracle in their IT operations, with key applications on both of the vendor stacks.
I want to thank the engineers and architects from both Oracle and Microsoft who moved this idea into reality. Our combined focus on customers and getting the job done has made this possible.
Oracle is tremendously excited to give our customers the ability to leverage our technology alongside that of another industry leader with dramatically reduced friction. We see this as a first step down the path of greater choice, flexibility, and effectiveness for enterprise cloud usage. We’re eager to see what our customers will build with this new capability, and where this alliance will take us and the industry.