Infrastructure as a Service can help businesses transform their technology infrastructure – making the right choice is crucial
For businesses contemplating a move to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) the research process to select a provider can be tricky, partly because different vendors offer a range of capabilities. But it is absolutely vital that no stone is left unturned.
It might be tempting to try to second-guess future business needs and find a provider that fits these, but the more effective approach is to focus on finding the most flexible, scalable and capable provider. This should mean the business is supported whatever direction it goes in.
Pascal Giraud, Senior Director IaaS Foundation and Cloud Platform, Oracle EMEA
We know that existing IT infrastructure and platforms can cause headaches. Oracle research revealed various challenges, such as mission critical application security on the public cloud (41%), managing security across different platforms, applications and solutions concurrently (40%), and integration of legacy systems (38%).
With all this in mind, the following checklist should help businesses ask the right questions when making the move to IaaS.
For businesses contemplating a move to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) the research process to select a provider can be tricky, partly because different vendors offer a range of capabilities.
- Can you move workloads between on-premises and the cloud? This is vital if an organization is to continue to use existing applications and keep its investment costs down. Oracle offers workload portability across both on-premises and cloud deployments.
- Can you ‘lift and shift’ workloads, databases and applications into the cloud without making any changes? This supports speed and efficiency and avoids unnecessary spending. Oracle’s Ravello Cloud Service is the first to support enterprise VMware and Kernel-based Virtual Machine workloads in the public cloud without any changes.
- How flexible is workload support? Greater flexibility means better support of existing hybrid approaches which may have developed in a piecemeal way over time. It is crucial for any organization wanting all the benefits of cloud right now. Oracle IaaS supports mixed workloads, unlike the databases offered by Amazon Web Services (AWS) - which also can’t be hosted by any other IaaS provider. To quote Oracle Executive Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison, Amazon Web Services “is more closed than an IBM mainframe”.
It might be tempting to try to second-guess future business needs and find a provider that fits these, but the more effective approach is to focus on finding the most flexible, scalable and capable provider.
- Can public cloud capabilities run inside the company firewall? Organizations not yet ready to move fully to public cloud need this capability to avoid making choices that don’t fit current business needs. Oracle Cloud Machine enables this by running the exact same workloads as in Oracle’s public cloud.
- Are capabilities up to date? Without support for the very latest features an organization will be hampered in its efforts to exploit IaaS to the full. Amazon Aurora, for example, is missing critical features, such as online transaction processing, that Oracle shipped 20 years ago.
- Does the provider support legacy applications and the development of new ones? Rather than re-engineering legacy applications, organizations should seek a provider that can handle them efficiently, so that a phased approach can be taken to application development. Oracle IaaS supports all existing applications while Oracle Cloud Platform helps customers extend existing enterprise applications and build new ones.
Price and Performance
- Is price and performance competitive? Well implemented IaaS gives the organization faster workload handling for improved efficiency and competitive pricing structures. Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Services are 11.5 times faster and 20 percent cheaper than the closest competitor.
- What architecture is provided? To ensure the best possible performance it is important to check guaranteed latency and the level of capacity operated by providers’ network. Over-subscribed networks will be less efficient. Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Services maximizes network throughput by providing direct connectivity between compute and storage nodes.
The ultimate goal with IaaS is to help the business transform its technology infrastructure, saving costs, increasing efficiency and reducing technology silos and ‘shadow IT’.
The ultimate goal with IaaS is to help the business transform its technology infrastructure, saving costs, increasing efficiency and reducing technology silos and ‘shadow IT’. The right provider will also help in the long term by making greater use of cloud to strengthen collaboration across the business.
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