AT ORACLE: Interview
Engineered Systems as a ServiceBy Tom Haunert
Oracle Infrastructure as a Service with Capacity on Demand introduces a new way to a private cloud and a lower cost of ownership.
Oracle recently announced Oracle Infrastructure as a Service with Capacity on Demand. Oracle Magazine Editor in Chief Tom Haunert sat down with Javier Cabrerizo, vice president of business development at Oracle, to discuss what Oracle Infrastructure as a Service with Capacity on Demand means for Oracle engineered systems users.
Oracle Magazine: What Oracle technologies are part of Oracle Infrastructure as a Service with Capacity on Demand, and how are they deployed?
Cabrerizo: The technologies involved in Oracle Infrastructure as a Service with Capacity on Demand are the Oracle engineered systems—Oracle Exadata, Oracle Exalogic, Oracle Exalytics, and Oracle SPARC SuperCluster—as well as Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage Appliance and Exadata Storage Expansion Rack. All those technologies are available via Oracle Infrastructure as a Service.
The hardware is owned by Oracle, but it is deployed in a customer data center. It is behind their firewall, which means they have total security and control, because their data and encryption keys never leave the company. This gives customers the confidence that they have the highest level of security and can configure the system to comply with their internal requirements.
The Oracle Infrastructure as a Service with Capacity on Demand agreement is typically a three-year base contract with a monthly fee. For those that are interested in the financing aspects of this, it is considered a pure OpEx [operating expense], not CapEx [capital expense], which means there is no up-front investment needed. The three-year contract can then be extended in quarterly units.
This contract includes base capacity and Oracle PlatinumPlus Services. In addition, if customers have big workloads or need more capacity, they can turn on and use some extra capacity, and we call that Capacity on Demand. For Capacity on Demand, customers will only pay for the months in which they use it. When they turn it off and go back to base capacity, they don’t pay for Capacity on Demand.
Finally, with Oracle Infrastructure as a Service with Capacity on Demand, all standard configurations are available for Oracle Exadata, Oracle Exalogic, Oracle Exalytics, and Oracle SPARC SuperCluster, except the eighth-rack Oracle Exadata configuration. For Sun ZFS Storage Appliance, there is one specific configuration available.
Oracle Magazine: Capacity on Demand is a key part of this private cloud offering. What does it deliver, and what are the benefits to organizations that use it?
Cabrerizo: With Oracle Infrastructure as a Service with Capacity on Demand, Capacity on Demand is available for Oracle Exadata, Oracle Exalogic, Oracle Exalytics, and Oracle SPARC SuperCluster. About 75 percent of the capacity in those systems is turned on, and that’s what we call the base capacity. The other roughly 25 percent is turned off, but you can turn it on. This is Capacity on Demand. Exadata Storage Expansion Rack and Sun ZFS Storage Appliance do not offer Capacity on Demand.
When you need the extra capacity, an administrator can simply run a script that turns on that extra capacity, and you run your big workloads that you may have at the end of the season or holidays or something like that. Once you’re done, the administrator runs that script again, turns off Capacity on Demand, and the system goes back to base capacity. When you need the extra capacity, you turn it on, and you pay for that capacity. When you don’t need it, you turn it off, and you don’t pay for it.
Capacity on Demand also provides high availability. If you have a failure in one of your nodes, you can use Capacity on Demand until the failed core is replaced and then go back to your base capacity configuration.
Finally, you’re going to pay less—because with Capacity on Demand you only pay for what you use.
Oracle Magazine: What support and services are included in this Oracle Infrastructure as a Service offering?
What Oracle PlatinumPlus Services gives you is a quarterly report that our experts, engineers from Oracle Support, produce, and it informs you about your availability, performance, bottlenecks, security, and compliance. You can use those reports to make decisions about how to optimize your environment and your systems.
Oracle PlatinumPlus Services also provides a report that informs you if you are diverging from Oracle-recommended best practices.
Oracle Magazine: What types of organizations are expected to consider these Oracle engineered systems in this latest Oracle Infrastructure as a Service offering?
Cabrerizo: For organizations with purchasing policies focused only on OpEx, this offering is well aligned with those policies. This is a new way of purchasing and using engineered systems that allows you to do it in a pure OpEx model without making the up-front investment.
Oracle Magazine: How does the cost of this Oracle Infrastructure as a Service offering compare with a traditional purchase?
Cabrerizo: If you’re going to purchase an Oracle Infrastructure as a Service standard contract, three-year duration, and you compare that with a traditional Oracle engineered system purchase, after three years you’re going to end up paying 80 percent of what you would pay the traditional way. You’re going to be saving 20 percent of the cost, and you’re going to be paying on a monthly basis. If you extend the contract from three years to five, at the end of the fifth year, you’re still going to be paying less. So we think it’s a very attractive offering. You can go to oracle.com [oracle.com/goto/iaas], find the pricing, and run your own numbers to decide if it’s attractive to purchase an Oracle Infrastructure as a Service standard contract for an Oracle engineered system or purchase the system the traditional way.
Tom Haunert (firstname.lastname@example.org)is editor in chief of Oracle Magazine.
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