Oracle Magazine sat down with Inderjeet Singh, executive vice president of Oracle Fusion Middleware, to discuss the cloud, Oracle Cloud, standards, definitions, and the future.
Oracle Magazine: How does Oracle Cloud Platform work with industry standards, and what impact do standards have on cloud application development?
Singh: The biggest industry standard in the world today is Java, and the vast majority of cloud development today is in Java.
Oracle has written its own data applications—on premises and in Oracle Cloud—using standard Java, SQL, HTML, and so on, and then used the standards-based tools of Oracle Cloud Platform services to integrate and extend those cloud applications.
There are many open-standard ways to access many types of data and data structures. Oracle and Oracle Cloud support those standards for database, SOA [service-oriented architecture], documents, and so on, rather than inventing new ways to access our technology.
Every enterprise application you can run on premises, you can run on Oracle Cloud.
And because the platform-as-a-service [PaaS] components of Oracle Cloud Platform are open standards–based, Oracle Cloud customers and partners don’t need to learn a proprietary language to extend data applications. The use of standards also means that partners can quickly extend our PaaS solutions to create offerings for their own customers.
Oracle Magazine: Oracle refers to Oracle Cloud as complete. What does that mean?
Singh: Complete means several things. One meaning is that Oracle offers all three levels of the cloud: infrastructure as a service, platform as a service, and software as a service. And within each of those levels, Oracle builds and offers a complete set of services. For infrastructure as a service, Oracle builds compute, network, and storage services. For platform as a service, Oracle builds database, application server, development tool, data integration, identity management, collaboration, and business intelligence services. For software as a service, Oracle builds solutions for all of the major categories, including customer experience, human capital management, supply chain management, data as a service, and more.
Another meaning of complete is that every enterprise application you can run on premises, you can run on Oracle Cloud. You can move your applications to Oracle Cloud and back on premises, if needed, because Oracle Cloud is a complete solution and fully compatible with Oracle on-premises hardware and software. But complete does not mean we’ve stopped innovating. We are innovating at a furious pace and are looking closely at data pipeline management, data preparation, master data management, security, the Internet of Things, and real-time access security, as well as how to improve services in all of these areas.
Oracle Magazine: Some companies cannot commit to or deploy cloud solutions. What strategies are available to companies who cannot move to the cloud today?
Singh: The public cloud is the future, and the cost benefits of the public cloud are so immense that it’s going to be a significant competitive disadvantage for corporations that don’t adopt it over time.
Short-term, there are going to be industries that are looking at the private cloud because of regulatory concerns. In addition, there are going to be certain businesses in countries that have data residency requirements that delay moving to a public cloud.
One part of Oracle Cloud being a complete solution means that companies can have the user experience of the cloud on premises during the transition to the public cloud. With the latest Oracle engineered systems and Oracle software, including the latest Oracle Enterprise Manager release, all running on premises, businesses can get the same technology experience as in Oracle Cloud.
And when those companies do start to move to Oracle Cloud, they can synchronize their data and transactions on premises and in Oracle Cloud.
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