Oracle Cloud brings a transformation by offering a feel of public cloud inside private data centers for those customers who are not prepared to dispose data beyond firewall thereby matching new offerings from Microsoft and IBM.
Oracle customer’s data centers can get the essence of public cloud directly. Oracle Cloud at Customer, the database heavyweight's new managed service contribution where the public cloud environment is replicated inside the firewall of users. Audience who will avail this service is users who want to deploy public cloud for disaster recovery or bursting in a consistent environment though supervisory requirements are encountered and running workloads outside user’s data centers are prevented.
This new managed service include Java Cloud, Database Cloud, enterprise integration and many other services of cloud infrastructure like elastic block storage, elastic compute, file storage, virtual networking, identity management and messaging for Oracle as well as non-Oracle workloads. Along with that some additional features are soon going to be part of the suite like management for a comprehensive set of big data implements, elastic and container load balancer support, Internet of Things and API management, amalgamation of architecture being service-oriented and development of app in PHP, Node.js, Java SE, , and Ruby. The cherry on the cake is that same price is charged for this managed service offering just like their public cloud services.
With some early apprehensions of cloud computing and everyone being some or the other part of cloud computing, more concentrated effort has been laid by Oracle to be a part of the discussion at all layers of the heap, offering Infrastructure as a Service as an additament of their services. Oracle will be a leading player in the market of hyper scale platform space expected by Forrester Research, currently dominated by Amazon Web Services.
In the past year, Amazon has consistently tried to capture Oracle’s market share and bring over Oracle’s customers on their platform. Dave Bartoletti, principal analyst at Forrester quoted that rather than Amazon, Oracle and other leading companies will fill the role of private and public cloud provider sustaining a long- term future regarding on premises workloads. Bartoletti added this new managed service offering of Oracle is a well-prepared answer to IBM Bluemix Local and Microsoft Azure Stack.
If compared with other leading service providers, Oracle Cloud at Customer is somewhat similar with the matter of fact it imitates the public cloud on premises. As of now it is still ambiguous for cloud customers to what range hardware symmetry matters. But Oracle is very much clear about their services entirely dependent on Oracle hardware on the other hand Azure Stack, still dubious depends on Dell or Hewlett Packard Enterprise for the on-premise amalgamation.
Holger Mueller, vice president and principal analyst of Constellation Research Inc., Cupertino, Calif said that most of the enterprise application companies like SAP and Oracle have their focus of research and development on cloud products rather than on premises. With this, customers can reap benefits of the greatest and largest with cloud, moreover providing choice for users encountered with data sovereignty or other issues which make them desirable to stay on premises. According to Bartoletti, to adapt with the upcoming new environments, public cloud service providers have to conquer two hurdles. First, private clouds are too complex and deployment takes a lot of time and being harmonious with public cloud is not at all a simple task. Second and the major problem is users are not willing to leave their data centers.
Oracle will be able to sell its public cloud if it has the ability in extracting developers from OpenStack private clouds and Oracle API’s should be started using which thereby can enable transitioning outside of their firewall. Oracle Cloud at Customer has the same characteristics just like Oracle's public cloud unlike a private cloud having a different architecture altogether. This managed service provides the customer with a choice to either deploy applications in their own data center or in the public cloud and that too without any amendments.
However, there isn’t any seamless transition among the environments. Moves among the environments can be automated if users wish to only if capacity is reached in advance or for a particular event but, remember a daytime will be required for the complete transition to take place.
A new phase of private cloud is to be witnessed where more and more organizations will be deploying on-premises public clouds which are API consistent having their own choice of the public cloud. This is a win-win situation for both service providers as well as customers. Customers can avail the benefit of faster and easier path to private cloud whereas for service providers it nurtures lock-in. One key benefit of Oracle Cloud at Customer is that the management of the database is taken far away from the customer making it facile for service providers to migrate to the public cloud from on-premises.
If everything is taken and pushed to the cloud then this suite is just another hosted model and true value in terms of speed of delivery and innovation will not be delivered to users. Even a managed version will just thrust a headache to someone else although a managed version will appear attractive to customers.