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What is a Gen 2 Cloud?

Cassie Chen
Product Marketing Manager

Cloud is enabling an incredible transformation that we are all experiencing in the market today. It really is changing everything. It’s changing how businesses run and people work; it’s creating new categories and disrupting existing categories, it’s changing how we communicate and share. It’s changing the economics of business forever.  And, it’s happening at an incredible speed and is here today. This presents an incredible opportunity for all of us. At Oracle, we’re finding ourselves at the precipice, leading the market and our customers into a new age, providing them new technology and new tools to take advantage of the information.

However, as cloud adoption continues to evolve, many businesses are still challenged to find a cloud provider that can meet their needs. While first generation cloud offerings were an underlying element to many new innovations, they often lacked the architecture to accommodate traditional application architectures. They were architected to address the needs of companies building cloud native, net-new applications rather than financial systems, government workloads, or data-intensive applications. Many were built on decade old technology where performance, security, and migration options were afterthoughts. Consequently, today’s IT is in need of a new generation of cloud computing, one with capabilities that meet the evolving currency of new technologies and environments.  

With this in mind, Oracle architected its next generation cloud infrastructure for the enterprise, while also building a platform that supports the new emerging technologies. Gen 2 Cloud enables enterprises to replace their on-premises data centers with a cloud deployment model. While Gen 1 was focused on serverless and elastic, Gen 2 is centered on being autonomous and secure. These design principles are what differentiate Gen 2 from its predecessor, delivering built-in security to mitigate threats, superior economics with improved automation, and industry leading scalability and availability.

With Gen 2 Cloud, it’s a comprehensive security solution that addresses the needs of all users, apps, data and infrastructure. This architecture also has integrated governance and control, and is reliably backed by end to end SLAs. It provides a complete set of solutions for managing data across diverse data types, and provides rich AI-based visual analytics. Furthermore, Oracle’s Gen 2 Cloud is the only infrastructure built to run on Oracle Autonomous Database, the industry’s first and only self-driving database. With this alignment, Oracle is paving the road to becoming the world’s first complete and truly autonomous cloud.

When combining an extensive data management portfolio with an advanced infrastructure platform, the Gen 2 Cloud has the ability to power all types of workloads while also enabling customers to run their corresponding applications, extensions, and other custom apps. It is simplifying IT and business functions by engineering all our products to work together, with each piece benefiting from the capability of its underlying platform. Machine learning powers autonomous systems that can eliminate human labor and pilot error, as well as the need for physical assets like storage and compute. Meanwhile, Gen 2 Cloud supports all of the emerging technologies - which include artificial intelligence, machine learning, IoT, blockchain, and human interfaces - driving new opportunities for innovation for our customers.

This new generation of cloud is the ultimate expression of our commitment to enable our customers and to continuously deliver new capabilities while simplifying the path to cloud. It marks the new wave of technology where systems are more secure, the risk of data loss is greatly reduced, and labor costs are cut back. And with these new innovations, our customers can chart their path to the future of IT to drive faster results and real value.

To learn more, visit https://www.oracle.com/cloud/

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