Oracle Cloud Infrastructure: Purpose-Built for the Enterprise
The public cloud is maturing. It is powering business transformations across the globe. By utilizing infrastructure as a service (IaaS), businesses are driving digital transformation, empowering developers, and increasing customer engagement through mobile apps and social interactions.
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) provides customers with a cost-effective platform for achieving their desired business outcomes. In this book, you will find a summary of their challenges and achievements.
Oracle Cloud Customers in this Digibook
The customers featured in this book include those who have migrated their existing applications (Oracle, third-party, and custom) and those who have deployed new applications.
We also describe customers who have benefited from subscribing to a single IaaS service to meet their more tactical needs, such as low-cost and high-reliability archive storage.
The motivations for IaaS adoption discussed in this book are organized into four key categories:
Understanding the Value of IaaS
in the Enterprise
The key value drivers for IaaS adoption are diverse, yet fall primarily into three categories:
Significantly reduce reliance on (and costs associated with) the on-premises corporate data center. Some businesses are choosing to take an incremental approach to IaaS adoption, identifying common characteristics among workloads, and seeking to move them off premises. They are focused on gaining the cost efficiencies possible with IaaS, while aiming to minimize risk and disruption while they transition workloads to the cloud. The end goal is to significantly reduce the cost of maintaining a corporate data center, with the understanding that some reduced set of workloads will likely remain on premises.
Use IaaS for specific initiatives. Some businesses are more advanced in their cloud initiatives, pursuing a cloud-first strategy for all new application development, viewing IaaS as a core IT delivery model. With this group of businesses, we see central IT responding to line-of-business (LOB) requests for on-demand infrastructure to support new application initiatives. Through a need to provide centralized governance and control of IT delivery to the business as a whole, IT provides IaaS access to LOBs according to their needs (likely with very little intercession; access is mostly direct to the IaaS consoles and APIs with central IT’s awareness).
All-in on cloud-native. The availability of on-demand processing power, storage, and bandwidth has paved the way for companies to take a cloud-native (or IaaS-first) approach for all workloads. These new companies enter markets without the technical debt associated with traditional IT models, and they are using the cloud to create business models not previously possible, and drive change in how traditional industries operate. Netflix, Lyft and Airbnb are just a few examples of companies in this category.
Oracle has purpose-built a cloud that supports businesses at all of these stages. Additionally, we offer technologies that enable simplified migration and provisioning for key Oracle applications and databases, and a platform without expensive rearchitecture efforts that enables business to move other applications to the cloud. Oracle provides the infrastructure, tools, and services necessary to help our customers end-to-end with their cloud journey: workload migration, operations and management, and ongoing support.
IT professionals and architects can move existing applications to the cloud with minimal codebase changes, or build greenfield cloud-native or cloud-aware applications that leverage the full benefits of rapid time to value when utilizing an IaaS environment.
This frees IT to focus on strategic projects and delivering innovative solutions to the business, allowing them to take advantage of new market opportunities.