Want More from Cloud? New Exadata Subscription-Based On-Premise Services

By: Edgar Haren

Principal Product Marketing Director

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

Cloud-integrated engineered systems for Oracle Databases address many of the key concerns that inhibit enterprises from making a swifter transition away from legacy on-premises infrastructures. It’s fair to say that the vast majority of companies are well aware of the benefits provided by cloud-hosted applications. But for businesses that have real or perceived concerns about implementing cloud-hosted solutions for their more complex database, analytics, or OLTP needs, many of the benefits this technology provides are just out of reach.

Cloud Concerns

The primary worries about the public cloud include data residency, security, and vendor lock-in. For private cloud implementations, lock-in is the biggest concern, followed by a lack of appropriate skills, and then security.

Data security does appear to be the primary inhibitor, however. According to a Cloud Industry Forum report, privacy and security worries remain as big a barrier to adoption as they were five years ago. In this video, for example, Juan Loaiza, SVP Oracle, reviewed the most common objections companies communicate to us, including:

  • Regulatory or corporate policies that require data to be local to the company or territory
  • Limited resources or IT skills needed to manage database infrastructure
  • Lack of proximity to public cloud data centers, or latency issues that compel many organizations to demand the performance of a LAN infrastructure
  • Legacy database and infrastructure complexity
  • Risk associated with data security and worry about the cost and quality of services cloud providers offer

The Confident Transition

Oracle appreciates the lingering concerns that some companies have about hosting mission-critical business processes in the cloud. That’s why we have more choices of database infrastructure services to help companies transition to the cloud at their own pace. Central to that is the Oracle Exadata Cloud Machine. This fully-integrated engineered system is delivered to your data center to address latency and data sovereignty requirements—with all of the benefits of a modern cloud service. Here’s how it works: The services are physically delivered from inside your firewall, next to systems and data where compliance and operation policies have already been defined. Oracle conforms to regulatory, privacy, and legal frameworks, and meters only the services you consume.

A Good Fit if You are New to Exadata

Exadata Cloud Machine is identical to Oracle’s public cloud service in that it is managed by Oracle Cloud Experts for you. It’s cloud-based service that is still under your control, but all of the resource-consuming activities associated with managing infrastructure components—servers, storage, storage software, networking, and firmware—are supported by the Oracle Cloud Operation. Similar to our Exadata Cloud Services public cloud offering, companies avoid the costs of hiring, training, and retaining staff with specialized skills. Exadata Cloud Machine enables easy migration of existing databases across the LAN and simplifies database backup to existing data center infrastructure. Plus, it provides maximum-availability architectural configuration with built-in best practices. For companies that want more from the cloud, the Exadata Cloud Machine is a proven path away from cumbersome and costly traditional on-premises infrastructures.

Learn more about how our engineered systems can address any concerns you have with migrating to the cloud.


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