Private database clouds leverage existing technologies and best practices to deliver the value of cloud within an enterprise. Private database clouds enable enterprises to rapidly deploy new services, respond more quickly to changing business requirements, efficiently utilize resources by deploying services on a shared platform, and enable a high degree of automation and self-management.
The transition from a legacy silo’ed database estate to cloud begins with standardizing and simplifying at every level. Deployments are provisioned in a modular, repeatable fashion rather than the traditional custom-built, artisan manner. The resulting environments and services are simpler and more homogeneous, so they can be deployed faster and managed more easily, reducing operating costs and business risk while delivering more predictable service levels.
Lowering expenses – both CapEx and OpEx – is the key benefit of consolidating workloads onto shared infrastructure. The same amount of work can be done with a smaller footprint, so capital expenses are reduced. The number of distinct environments is reduced, so operating expenses are also lowered. Provisioning a new service onto a pre-deployed platform is faster than building a dedicated environment for the service from scratch. When the shared platform supports secure multitenancy and inter-service resource management, services with disparate security and performance goals can be co-located, enabling denser consolidation and higher resource utilization. Oracle’s engineered systems are built to deliver the densest consolidation and highest performance for all database workloads.
In a standardized and consolidated environment, leveraging automation and dynamic, online operations increases speed and agility. With the capabilities of Oracle Enterprise Manager, services are provisioned faster, and operate at higher levels, with less manual attention. A self-service portal allows users to provision and manage database services without IT engagement. Consumers benefit from faster access to services, and better availability of those services. Providers benefit by spending less time on manual operations, and can focus on higher-value initiatives.
The final phase of the transition to cloud is implementing location-independent services: services that may span or transparently migrate between Oracle's private, managed, and public clouds. In the One Cloud environment, a new service will automatically be provisioned in the optimal deployment model. During its life cycle, the service may leverage other models to meet changing requirements for performance, capacity, security, etc. – all without end user intervention or awareness. This gives the service provider the ultimate flexibility to deliver cost-optimized services that will meet all of the enterprise’s requirements.
The journey to cloud works best when it follows the steps outlined above. The scope and pace of change that will best meet a given customer’s requirements will vary. An engagement with Oracle will provide access to years of lessons learned and best practices in designing, deploying and delivering private database clouds. Oracle Enterprise Architecture and Oracle Cloud Consulting are ready to guide you through this journey.