Getting Clear About Clouds: How to Find the Best Approach for Your Enterprise

By: Edgar Haren

Principal Product Marketing Director

Today we have a guest blog from our peers on the Oracle Cloud Machine team. Today Maywun Wong Director, Product Marketing, discusses the value of Oracle Exadata Cloud Machine and the use cases behind this solution.

Most business and IT executives understand the extent to which cloud computing is transforming business and disrupting IT organizations. These services and solutions—including Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)—are ushering in new cost efficiencies, productivity gains, and innovation. However, sorting through the options and choosing the right approach can be daunting. Historically, business and IT decision-makers have had three choices when adopting cloud technologies: private clouds, public clouds, and hybrid clouds. Each approach delivers different features, capabilities, challenges, and benefits. How do you choose the best cloud configuration for your organization? How do you ensure that you are minimizing costs, maximizing gains, and retaining the flexibility and agility required for digital business?

With the right strategic framework, it’s possible to transform the cloud from a tactical benefit into a strategic asset.

Let’s take a look at the three traditional types of clouds:

  • Public clouds. This approach relies on publicly available infrastructure and services to deliver computing capacity, applications, and/or services. It can be less costly than private clouds, it’s relatively fast to deploy and easy use, and it’s highly flexible.

The potential downside, however, is that it’s operated by a third party, it’s a shared resource, and outages and downtime can occur.

For organizations whose demands fluctuate and may need to scale up or down quickly, public cloud is a versatile, cost-effective way to reap the benefits of the cloud.

Oracle’s public cloud solution is Oracle Cloud, offering a high level of scalability, flexibility, and dependability. Learn more about Oracle Cloud.

  • Private clouds. This approach uses a proprietary IT architecture to deliver infrastructure, applications, and/or services. A private cloud is developed specifically for a single organization and, consequently, offers a high degree of control and reliability. It’s also more readily customizable. However, it does require a higher CapEx investment than other cloud options, as well as greater IT expertise.

For organizations operating in regulated industries and subject to data sovereignty laws, private clouds offer the control needed to meet compliance demands. Private clouds also facilitate strict data access controls.

Oracle provides a number of solutions for organizations looking to deploy a private cloud: Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, Oracle Exadata, Oracle Exalogic, Oracle Supercluster.

  • Hybrid clouds. This environment relies on a mix of public and private cloud infrastructures, applications, and/or services. By combining elements of both types of clouds, an organization can balance cost and data sovereignty concerns with greater flexibility and scalability.

For example, businesses may choose a hybrid cloud model to keep critical or data-sensitive applications or functions behind their firewall, but take advantage of the ease and flexibility of the public cloud for less critical functions such as test/dev.

A New Model Emerges: Oracle Cloud at Customer

Oracle has introduced Cloud at Customer. Built on the public Oracle Cloud but located at the customer’s data center, it is managed by Oracle. Cloud at Customer breaks down the traditional barriers to public cloud adoption by combining the best of both worlds: a highly flexible public Oracle Cloud and the privacy of the data center.

Oracle Cloud at the Customer includes Oracle Cloud Machine and Exadata Cloud Machines, and offers several important advantages:

  • A lower overall cost point with a high level of flexibility. This makes it ideal for delivering cloud-native solutions that require an on-premises framework.
  • A user experience consistent with Oracle Cloud, with low latency
  • The ability to address data sovereignty and governance concerns
  • The same cloud software stack across the public Oracle Cloud and the on-premises Cloud at Customer elements—such as Oracle Cloud Machine and Exadata Cloud Machine—to simplify workload portability
  • An OpEx approach, which lets your organization buy only the resources it needs and establish a highly predictable OpEx budget. Equipment is owned and operated by Oracle.
  • Maintenance of data behind the firewall. As a result, your IT department can integrate the cloud technology with your company’s network security.
  • An architecture that is especially suited to server-side Java users requiring high performance and scalability

Cloud at Customer delivers the highest level of performance and most available infrastructure for running an Oracle database, including high performance middleware and native InfiniBand connectivity. Organizations can tap the latest innovations and take advantage of the rapid development the cloud makes possible.

Net Gains

Private, public, and hybrid clouds all remain viable options, and all play a role in the modern enterprise. However, organizations that require a public cloud infrastructure should consider their choices carefully. Oracle Cloud at the Customer builds a foundation for a more agile and flexible IT and business framework. It’s an environment that supports everything from agile initiatives and DevOps to real-time analytics and advanced features for mobile apps—all of which helps ensure that your organization is on the leading edge of innovation and disruption.

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