By Carlos Cienfuegos
John Foster, VP, business development, systems, Oracle Asia Pacific, discusses Engineered Systems at Data Center Disruption for Extreme Innovation in Australia.
Oracle Engineered Systems is one of our big success stories, achieving stellar growth since its launch in 2009. The range has expanded to include converged infrastructure focused on specific workloads such as database, applications and middleware, and analytics.
While at the Data Center Disruption for Extreme Innovation event in Australia, John Foster, VP, business development, systems, Oracle Asia Pacific, took the opportunity to talk to product expert, Carlos Cienfuegos, about Engineered Systems, focusing on the role of this technology in the data center of the future.
Carlos Cienfuegos: Customers want to leverage IT to gain competitive advantage, to get closer to their customers, and to deliver better insight to executives. By innovating across the entire stack, we’re actually providing customers with the highest levels of performance and security. Plus, the fact that these things come precabled, preconfigured, and ready to roll into the data center, means that the time to value our customers is a lot quicker, their experience from a data center perspective is a lot smoother, and they have a predictable outcome each and every time they deploy the system. So, we see the data center of the future as being core to an organization’s success. We see it as able to accelerate the level of innovation within the enterprise, and critical to helping them reduce costs and secure their environments.
John Foster (JF): So how important a consideration is reducing cost? I notice we had this question earlier. Certainly over the last couple of years, cost has been a key focus areas for CIOs. What other key areas are Engineered Systems addressing?
Carlos Cienfuegos (CC): Well, the biggest topic that customers are talking about is cloud: How do they get to the cloud, how do they consolidate, and how do they get the data center ready to adopt the cloud. So that is the number one consideration. Number two is security: How do they secure their environments before they go to the cloud, and how can they build a hybrid model that allows them to consume cloud services and deliver on premise solutions.
JF: That’s interesting. So you don’t believe that customers just wake up in the morning and move 100 percent to the cloud, right?
CC: It’s a gradual journey. You need to get your house in order and identify which systems applications make more sense to go into the cloud. There are bits and pieces that customers can’t take into the cloud for legal reasons, for IP reasons, for security reasons. So it is a journey and what Oracle is doing is giving customers a path to get from on premises to the cloud, and vice versa—sometimes you want to bring what you’ve put in the Cloud back on premises.
JF: You also touched on security there as well, which is at the uppermost of everybody’s minds. Now I know that at Oracle we invest heavily in security, but how do we enable security features within an Engineered Systems environment?
CC: So, in an Engineered Systems environment, they are enabled by default. You know, all of the Engineered Systems features are enabled by default and they are monitored 24/7 automatically by the system. So if you have PCI compliance or you have your own industry-specific requirement, you can actually adopt that into your stack. By having the entire stack controlled by Oracle, it allows us to weed out any holes in security. Our networking is secure, our operating systems are secure, and so on down to the silicon.
JF: And so what we are saying is that it is secure at every layer of the entire environment. But what about in the cloud? I know we have Oracle Cloud and we deploy our own engineered systems in the cloud. Does that security extend to the cloud or is it only when they are using on premises?
CC: Definitely, because it is software and hardware working together. When you pick up your database or your middleware container or your Java container, and you take it to the cloud, the same security features that are enabled on your private cloud are enabled in your Oracle Cloud, and vice versa, and you can enforce those security standards across the entire hybrid model.