Oracle Looks to Manage Hybrid Clouds

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 20, 2017

As of July 19, customers now have access to all of Oracle's major PaaS categories, including Database, Application Development, Analytics, Big Data, Application and Data Integration, and Identity Management.

The company on its earnings conference call highlighted how AT&T is moving multiple databases to its Cloud at Customer platform.

Oracle Cloud at Customer, launched past year, gives them a choice in where their data and applications live, installing Oracle's cloud software in their data centres and behind their paywalls.

Announced around 16 months ago, the idea behind Oracle Cloud at Customer is to provide fully-managed cloud services using equipment located in the customer's data centre. While organizations generally want to move their enterprise workloads to the public cloud, many have been constrained by business, legislative and regulatory requirements that have prevented them from being able to adopt the technology.

Oracle has also today announced an expansion of its Oracle Cloud at Customer product, which aims to persuade organisations anxious about where their data is stored to make the move to the cloud. "[That's] due to either data residency or other privacy concerns, and in some cases, network latency concerns". That machine will be connected to Oracle's public cloud services and priced as a subscription.

Since its introduction previous year, the company said, Oracle Cloud at Customer has seen substantial growth with global organizations across six continents and more than 30 countries adopting the solution, including AT&T and Bank of America.

Customers will have to commit to a three-year contract in order to get access to the Cloud at Customer services. Customers should expect to pay some money up front for the Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service offerings, because they have to purchase the hardware. "Oracle provides developers with immediate access to a full lifecycle process management environment-including development, test, and production-and enterprise-quality tooling, without needing to build and maintain an IT infrastructure".

Oracle wasting no time returning fire at Microsoft Corp.'s announcement last week of the availability of its Azure Stack on-premises cloud offering. It's also delivering its enterprise resource planning, human capital management, customer relationship management and supply chain management SaaS apps the same way. "The Oracle Cloud Platform gives us flexibility to connect to all our core systems, and easily deliver to a range of user interfaces, whether they be online, mobile/tablet, devices/IoT, or emerging chatbot technology".

This latest offering of services from Oracle underscores some of the challenges many IT organizations will face trying to manage hybrid cloud computing deployments on their own.

Big Data and Analytics: Empowers an entire organization to use a single platform to take advantage of any data to drive insights.

Application Development: Enables organizations to develop and deploy Java applications in the cloud using Oracle Java Cloud, Oracle Application Container Cloud, Oracle Container Cloud, and Oracle WebCenter Portal Cloud.

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