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Oracle OpenWorld

Day 4 | Data Center to Cloud

Highlights: Oracle OpenWorld 2016

February 2017

During their keynote, Oracle Executive Vice President of Systems John Fowler and Senior Vice President of Systems Technology Juan Loaiza discussed the revolution in compute and data management in the cloud.

Fall 2016

On Wednesday morning at Oracle OpenWorld, three senior Oracle executives took the keynote stage to talk about the present and future of the Oracle infrastructure story—on premises and in the cloud. They also shared best practices and new technology advances that can help with the process of downsizing data center operations in a move to the cloud.

In his keynote session on converged infrastructure, David Donatelli, executive vice president of converged infrastructure, discussed five ways companies can reduce their dependency on legacy data centers. “We have five different journeys—from an infrastructure perspective—to the public cloud,” said Donatelli. Many of those journeys include an intermediate step between an existing data center and the cloud: from data center, into engineered systems and storage, and then ultimately the public cloud; from data center, to hybrid cloud, to the public cloud; from data center, to Oracle Cloud at Customer service, to the public cloud; and from data center, to a private cloud, to the public cloud. Of course, customers can also move directly to the public cloud.

Day 4 | Data Center to Cloud

Launch the Slideshow

Donatelli was followed by a joint presentation by Oracle’s John Fowler, executive vice president of systems, and Juan Loaiza, senior vice president of systems technology. The duo explained the performance, security, and cost benefits of systems in which software and hardware are engineered to work together. “Coengineering is what happens in the cloud,” said Loaiza. “You get an integrated stack from a cloud vendor, and we’ve been doing that for a long time.”

Fowler introduced a new version of Oracle’s high-performance database engineered system, Oracle Exadata Database Machine SL6. It bundles Oracle’s latest database, networking, and storage technologies and runs on Oracle’s SPARC M7 processor, which incorporates security and performance features known as Software in Silicon.

The Right Strategy

The message from all three executives was clear: there’s no single path in the move to the cloud, but the right hardware strategy is vital to getting there. That was but one of the themes Oracle Executive Chairman and Chief Technology Officer Larry Ellison emphasized during his two Oracle OpenWorld keynotes.

In his second keynote at Oracle OpenWorld, Ellison expanded on the Oracle Cloud at Customer service. He noted that for companies wanting the cost, performance, agility, and other benefits of Oracle’s public cloud but wanting to keep their IT workloads on premises for regulatory or other reasons, this service offers some of the best of both worlds.

“We install these machines behind your firewall and attach them to your network, but they’re a subscription service just like in the public cloud,” Ellison said.

The Oracle Cloud at Customer service’s software and hardware are identical to the software and hardware in Oracle Cloud and on customers’ premises. Coexistence between on-premises and cloud workloads is “as transparent as possible,” Ellison said. “With one click, you can move data; one click, move applications; one click, add high availability to your applications.”

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