If Oracle isn’t on your shortlist for public cloud providers, it should be. That’s the message from several industry analyst firms' recent reports. Gartner, Omdia, IDC, Forrester, and other influencers are noticing momentum and giving high marks to Oracle infrastructure services, specifically in the high-performance compute, storage, network, and security categories.
While reports target enterprise companies, there are implications for all businesses, especially startups. The time for founders and developers to give Oracle Cloud the side-eye is over, according to Doug Henschen, principal analyst at Constellation Research. “Oracle has a huge variety of cloud products and services, so it can offer technology and industry expertise in whatever market a startup might be targeting.”
Oracle for Startups global VP Jason Williamson agrees, “Startups can future-proof their technologies by selecting the right partner to scale with from the start. Startups experiencing sticker shock with AWS are finding significant price-performance value with Oracle.”
Even Corey Quinn, chief cloud economist at The Duckbill Group and a frequent Oracle critic, calls recent Oracle Cloud announcements legitimately new and interesting, and in some ways better than Amazon’s strategy.
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure executive vice president Clay Magouyrk says these reports underscore Oracle’s strong engineering momentum after investing millions of developer hours and resources to meet the needs of customers. “We can handle a broad range of workloads from companies like 7-Eleven - which runs a portfolio of enterprise applications - and Zoom, which runs its cloud-native, real-time conferencing,” says Magouyrk.
Here are the highlights from several recent reports. Click the links to read the full reports (subscriptions required in some cases).
Gartner published two new reports on Oracle Cloud infrastructure: “It’s Time to Include Oracle as a Viable Option When Evaluating Public Cloud Providers” and the 2020 Gartner Solution Scorecard for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure IaaS+PaaS.
Key points within these reports include:
• By 2025, Oracle will at least double its cloud infrastructure platform services market share.
• Oracle improved its scores the most of all providers in Gartner’s 2020 Solution Scorecard.
• Gartner recommends including OCI in the evaluation and selection process for updating infrastructure environments, increasing agility and capacity, and optimizing efficiencies and costs.
• It recommends that cloud architects consider OCI not only for cloud environments that are anchored by workloads that use Oracle technologies but also for use cases centered on bare-metal servers, high-performance computing needs, or high-performance networking needs.
• OCI strengths highlighted include (1) OCI’s regional service consistency, (2) high-performance infrastructure, (3) bare-metal capabilities, and (4) private cloud identical to public cloud.
• Oracle Cloud Infrastructure’s architecture is designed for high network and I/O (input/output) performance with maximum I/O consistency.
• OCI provides advanced strong security features, seamless interoperability with Oracle solutions, and interconnectivity with its competitors’ platforms.
• OCI is expanding its global data centers with 25 regions live worldwide, and it will launch 16 new regions (including one dedicated region), for a total of 36 regions by the end of 2020.
• Oracle’s Autonomous Database can tune databases automatically, update and patch the DBMS without downtime, and provide strong DBMS security. This reduces the routine tasks of a database administrator, and optimizes performance.
• The OCI elasticity model, coupled with Oracle’s license-based charging, allows for a simple ad hoc rationalization of the Oracle license estate. For example, rather than committing to 16 CPUs, you can size for fewer and then flex, or burst, to higher CPU usage as needed.
Omdia published the following report on Oracle: SWOT Assessment: Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.
It includes the following observations:
• Oracle is a vendor that has benefited from the cloud becoming used for more mission-critical workloads because of its enterprise-grade capabilities and credentials.
• Oracle has recognized that the trend is toward a multicloud world, and through strategic partnerships it has positioned itself to be better aligned with customer demand.
• Oracle listens to its customers and generates the features they need to complete the digital transformation journey. This is an important aspect of any cloud provider, because all organizations are at some stage of digital transformation and need their supplier to understand where they are on that journey and provide the solutions they need to progress.
• Oracle has a reputation for reliability, with more than 99.99% availability uptime.
• OCI Portal, OCI Data Transfer Utility, and Oracle Data Transfer Appliance provide mechanisms for ingesting and extracting data into and out of the cloud and there are no charges for onboarding or offboarding.
IDC published the following report: Oracle Management Strategy Underscores Commitment to Hybrid, Multicloud Choice.
• Oracle's overall cloud strategy is anchored by its self-driving Autonomous OS and Gen2 Oracle Cloud Services portfolio that spans on-premises customer-managed engineered systems, on-premises remotely managed Cloud@Customer platforms, and a rapidly growing worldwide network of OCI public cloud datacenters that are expected to cover 36 regions in 2020.
• Oracle’s architecture is becoming more open and is taking steps to ensure that management tools and services have consistent visibility and control across Oracle and third-party clouds.
• A more open, pluggable platform architecture makes it easier for Oracle customers to integrate across on-premises and public cloud platforms and to mix and match applications, containers, Kubernetes, database, and infrastructure options as needed by the business.
• Oracle's investment in opening up the company's management platforms and services to deeper integrations with third-party clouds, analytic paradigms, and virtualization platforms, sends a strong message that the company recognizes customer needs for consistent hybrid and multicloud automation and observability.
Oracle Cloud infrastructure was included in this Forrester Wave report: The Forrester Wave™: Public Cloud Development And Infrastructure Platforms, Australia/New Zealand, Q3 2020.
• Oracle's latest generation of infrastructure services is stronger and richer, and it profits from competitive pricing and aggressive global expansion.
• Forrester named Oracle a “Strong Performer”. Microsoft, AWS, and Google are Leaders; IBM, Oracle, and Alibaba are Strong Performers; and Tencent is a Contender.
• Oracle Cloud platform's strengths include a leading database with multimodal capabilities, a built-in DevOps tool chain, mature identity management and controls, and a low-code development option particularly important to its software-as-a-service customers.
• Oracle has the greatest global service parity in Australia; even its cloud high-performance computing offerings take just weeks, not months, to arrive onshore.
• The general availability of its previously announced services for data scientists has also given Oracle a much-needed lift.