Cloud technology has changed everything—it has been one of the biggest transitions in the IT industry over the past three to four decades. Today’s customers require greater agility and faster innovation, and need the flexibility to run their workloads both in the public cloud and on premises with a predictable and transparent IT cost structure.
As a result, they’re looking for application-delivery engines to speed up new application deployments and provide the services their business demands to be competitive. These applications must be developed quickly by small teams, consume cloud services as building blocks, release daily, deploy quickly, and scale across multiple data centers.
What’s more, companies require application development and data processing that work behind their corporate firewalls in order to guarantee security and abide by data-governance regulations.
Cloud adoption rates are high…
The cloud has completely transformed enterprise IT, and as the technology and services available have matured, adoption rates have soared:
of enterprises now use the cloud in some capacity.
of those use the public cloud for one or more deployments.
But how do organizations make the choice about where to deploy their applications?
Most customers want to combine the best of cloud and on-premises applications into a single architecture, and it’s easy to see why: This gives them maximum flexibility and leverage with their existing investment, and their gradual adoption of the cloud. The cloud is appealing, offering rich data services, global reach, considerable elasticity, pure OpEx, and more. But not everything can run in a public cloud… at least, not today.
One issue customers have had with public clouds concerns data sovereignty and compliance. They need to address the issue that certain workloads and data must reside within the customer’s country borders, or behind the firewall within their data center.
…but significant barriers remain.
While cloud adoption is high, a relatively small percentage of all workloads are deployed in the cloud.
80% of all workloads are still deployed on premises.
20% of workloads are deployed in the cloud.
Customers need to manage workloads seamlessly between on-premises environments and clouds.
And there are valid reasons why the public cloud is not always an option:
Companies are required to comply with regulatory, legal, and privacy requirements and keep sensitive data on premises.
They must also maintain control of business-critical systems, and often want a dedicated infrastructure within their own data center.
In addition, they need to connect with back-end mainframes, databases, ERPs, and more, with near-zero latency.
Oracle turns obstacles into opportunities…
Oracle Cloud at Customer is a direct response to the remaining barriers to public-cloud adoption. The concept is simple: Customers will be able to access all of the platform as a service (PaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and software as a service (SaaS) capabilities of Oracle Cloud, in their own data centers, with the same user experience, technical architecture, and economics of Oracle Cloud.
Oracle Cloud Machine, Oracle Exadata Cloud Machine, and Oracle Big Data Cloud Machine are the first solutions provided as a part of the Oracle Cloud at Customer service. Customers can utilize Oracle Cloud services with Cloud at Customer in the areas of Infrastructure, Data Management, Big Data and Analytics, Application Development, Enterprise Integration, and Security. In addition, Oracle provides a complete Software-as-a-Service portfolio, including Enterprise Resource Planning, Human Capital Management, Customer Management, and Supply Chain Management, for customers to use with Oracle Cloud at Customer.
Oracle is bringing cloud innovation to the customer, enabling enterprises to gain all of the benefits of PaaS, IaaS, and SaaS in their data centers while maintaining:
Tight control over data sovereignty and governance concerns
Full integration with your network security
Low latency interaction with your other on-premises applications and data
...and Cloud at Customer provides a stepping stone in the journey to the cloud.
This is because it allows customers to unlock the benefits of the cloud faster, easier, and with less disruption.
Customers can now leverage the latest innovations and take advantage of the rapid development that the cloud provides—increasing their productivity, reducing their costs, and unprecedented flexibility on how they consume cloud services. Managed by Oracle, with single-vendor accountability, Oracle Cloud at Customer delivers increased productivity and reduced costs, while controlling data sovereignty and governance concerns.