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Gonzaga and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and a Secure Partnership

Maywun Wong
Director, Product Marketing
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There are many reasons why 2020 has made life a little different than before. While there are blessings in our new way of life, I do miss traveling and seeing new places. I was hoping to visit friends in Washington state in 2020, but unfortunately, it looks like that’s not going to happen. Typically, I stay in Seattle, but I’ve always wanted to visit eastern Washington state. I’m told it’s a beautiful area. We had a chance to virtually learn about the area when we spoke with Darren Owsley, CTO from Gonzaga University.

I learned that US News and World Report recently ranked Gonzaga as among the top 100 national universities, which means it is attracting and retaining excellent students. Gonzaga, like most schools around the country, has been adapting to the new way of life by making classrooms fit for both in-person and online class sessions. The good news is that Darren had already prepared for some of the security concerns when the Gonzaga migrated their ERP system to Oracle Cloud. 

In fact, Darren stated in our interview, “Security was one of the top three priorities for us as we moved to the cloud. Our goal was to really mesh what we had on-premises in the cloud and keep our security standards high.” 

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure gave Gonzaga IT the flexibility and partnership needed to extend the university’s on-premises security solutions to the cloud. Gonzaga achieved these security feats in at least two ways:

  1. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure includes encryption at rest, eliminating an annual $40,000 contract for on-premises encryption.
  2. The Fortinet partnership with Oracle extended the integration of the Fortinet FortiGate firewalls to Oracle Cloud, helping make the migration from on-premises to the cloud seamless.

We’re excited to continue the partnership with Gonzaga to secure student, staff, and faculty data. To learn more about Darren Owsley and Gonzaga University, I encourage you to read the customer success story and try it out Oracle Cloud Infrastructure security through the Oracle Cloud free tier today.

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