Oracle Focuses on Cloud Infrastructure
Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) is prime on leadership talks at Oracle, with a brand new focus on leveraging infrastructure to enable customers with the cloud. At the 2016, Oracle Open World Conference, Don Johnson, Vice-President (Engineering), said that building infrastructure lay at the core of cloud-based business and strategy. A slew of game-changing innovations in the IaaS segment have been announced to help businesses improve performance.
The new offerings from Oracle come as a fresh infusion of innovation, having been built from scratch, to satisfy consumer needs. Extensive research and insights have led the IT giant to believe that security, performance and flexibility, are the key concerns of consumers, when it comes to cloud adoption. The new package, simply named as “Oracle IaaS“ is, thus, customized to address these issues.
Feature-wise, the IaaS offering includes, but is not limited to, the areas of elastic computing, networking, data storage and access, bare metal, migration and container technology. The need for security has been addressed through the Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Service. These are scalable public cloud servers operating in a virtual network. Control of the server lies with the customer, thereby empowering the customer with total data access, with security features plugged-in.
The cloud service needs to be fast and accessible. For this, they are coupled with independent, yet closely-knit “pockets or regions” which are set in a common, but vast virtual environment. The result is that it provides speeds which are eleven times faster than the industry norm. Flexibility is offered on a platter through the seamless virtualized network — they can be integrated with existing systems. Moreover, the entire package is affordable for the budding enterprise, since a pay-as-you-go model is more efficient and economical.
Oracle believes that IaaS is the fastest growing segment of the cloud, when compared to other segments, such as, Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Data as a Service (DaaS). There is a distinct shift seen in the industry, away from traditional data centres to more flexible, accessible environments — one of them being the cloud. This focus is here to stay and will change the way businesses operate. According to their research, about 80% of CIOs today, consider IaaS an infrastructure option and 10% have already reckoned it as their primary infrastructure choice.
Oracle claims that this was just the tip of the iceberg; more cloud IaaS functionalities are waiting to be revealed, backed by solid innovation and foresight for the future.