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  • March 24, 2016

Can you have your cake and eat it too?

by Nirav Mehta, Vice President of Product Management, Oracle  

The appeal of public cloud services is undeniable and
unstoppable.  But, a vast majority of applications
are constrained from moving to the public cloud due to data residency and
privacy laws, intellectual property concerns, and sensitivity to latency of the
traffic to and from the public Internet.

If the phrase ‘Private Cloud’ sounds like an oxymoron to
you, you are not alone.

IT vendors have tried but largely failed to deliver on the
tall promise of “private cloud” – the notion of a cloud behind your firewall
with all the benefits of public cloud services without the need to send your
data over the Internet to a public cloud service. Too many corners were cut in
offering such solutions. Over the last 5
years, I have talked with hundreds of CIOs and IT directors and they gave me
the biggest reasons why the promise of Private Clouds has not been realized. It is either ‘private’ or a ‘cloud’ but not
really both at the same time. Here’s
why:

1. These solutions are almost always multi-vendor. Hardware from one vendor, software from
another, and often, management by another vendor. In the public cloud, there is no ambiguity
about who is accountable for an application delivered as a service. It is the application service provider. Why shouldn’t you, the customers have the
same single point of accountability with their private cloud?

2. The IT stack in the public cloud and private
cloud is not the same. It is ‘similar’ but not the ‘same’. Few if any can offer updates and innovation
on customer premises at the same pace as the innovation in the public
cloud. What is the point of adopting the
cloud if you cannot get the latest innovations? Private Clouds should not be an inferior pretender of Public Clouds. The
true potential of Cloud will be realized when we enable agile and effortless
workload portability between public and on-premises clouds. If the stack on either side is not the same, you
have to depend on extensive orchestration to effect workload portability. Not good.

3. Who is managing
the private cloud infrastructure
? If
the answer involves having you manage the stack on your premises or contract 3rd
parties on their own, it is no longer a ‘utility’. Most solutions today do not offer turnkey
management of the entire on-premises infrastructure. You want to ‘use’ the services; not ‘manage’
the hardware and software.

4. What about the pricing and commercial terms? Often, you have to purchase the hardware, software, and services (or
some combination thereof); never achieving the elegant simplicity of
subscription-based and consumption-based (operational expense vs. capital
expense) model of Public Cloud services. This is hard for IT vendors to offer because someone has to bear the
cost of on-premises infrastructure. But
passing the risk on to you, our customers is not the answer. IT vendors have to do better; be bolder.

These challenges are not easy to surmount. Oracle has also struggled to solve the
problem in its entirety. This time, we set
out to solve the problem, we made it our mission to deliver a solution that
eliminates ALL of these challenges. We
set out to create a category of products called “Oracle Cloud at
Customer”.

Today, I am very proud to announce the availability of the
first offering in this category – the Oracle
Cloud Machine
. We have taken the
Oracle Cloud for IaaS and PaaS and extended it to your premises.


Oracle Cloud Machine: Same Cloud Delivered in Your Datacenter

We believe it is the industry’s most complete solutions for
deploying public cloud services “behind your firewall”. Let me explain why we
believe this is true:


Oracle Cloud Machine: Benefits

1. We made sure there is a single point of accountability for the cloud services delivered behind the customer’s firewall – Oracle. Hardware, software, and all ongoing management of the entire stack is provided by Oracle. Oracle Cloud Operations remotely and securely manages the deployment so that customers can focus on their applications and their business just as they would with public cloud services.

2. We have taken great effort to ensure that the same software that underpins the Oracle (public) Cloud is delivered with the Oracle Cloud Machine as well. Oracle also ensures that this congruence between the private cloud and public cloud is maintained by frequently updating the Oracle Cloud Machine with the same updates that we deploy in the Oracle Cloud. It is in fact a requirement of the service contract that the on-premises cloud remain in lock-step with the Oracle cloud software. Why did we do this? One reason is to bring the latest innovations from the cloud to customer premises. But even more significantly – to unleash the potential of workload portability between private and public clouds. Imagine what you could do if the cloud deployment on the customer premises looks just as another datacenter in the public cloud. You would be able to more freely start development in the public cloud and run production workload on premises or vice versa. You would more easily burst for capacity from the private to public cloud. You would achieve disaster recovery to the public cloud more easily.

3. Oracle Cloud Machine is managed remotely by Oracle Cloud Operations using a secure, remote connection that honors least privilege principles to ensure that you, the customer, can truly have a hassle-free experience of consuming cloud services and NOT managing the underlying infrastructure. Every customer is assigned a Technical Account Manager (included in the cost of the service) who helps with capacity planning, performance optimization, and addressing any services issues.

4. Oracle Cloud Machine is sold as a set of subscription services. You buy IaaS and PaaS services and not hardware and software. The pricing mirrors the Oracle (public) Cloud pricing for a very simple buying experience for the customer. Pick the service you want and you choose whether you want to consume it over the Internet or entirely behind your firewall. Oracle takes care of everything else.

Lastly, while we are unbeatable when it comes to running Oracle workload, we have engineered the solution to run non-Oracle workload with all the same benefits. All the power of Oracle Cloud and marketplace of 3rd party of applications will also run on Oracle Cloud Machine.

I am sure many of you recognize that delivering true simplicity takes a lot of thought and effort. We are proud to have delivered a solution that has simplicity at its core. The kind of simplicity that could only have come from hidden sophistication and innovation. We look forward to working closely with you to realize your vision of a true cloud behind your firewall enabled by Oracle Cloud Machine.

Yes.  You may eat that cake and have it too!

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