Oracle Unveils Virtual Cloud Option for Data Centers
A Cloud Machine runs the same APIs as the Oracle public cloud, enabling users to run what amounts to a virtual private cloud inside a firewall in data centers.Oracle, like contemporaries Microsoft, Cisco Systems and EMC, was a closed shop for most of its history, informing customers that it was either the Oracle way or the highway. Those times are going, going, gone. These old-school IT companies finally have come around to realizing that software and services for the 21st century must be modular, built on open standards and much more compatible with other components inside a data center and in a cloud. The trend continues, but Oracle bucked it a bit March 24 when it launched a new group of tools that enable enterprises to run what amounts to a virtual cloud system inside a proprietary Oracle physical server. At a customer event in Washington, D.C., the database giant unveiled Oracle Cloud at Customer, a package of its publicly available but previously slow-selling cloud software that will run only on a new physical server called the Oracle Cloud Machine.
Cloud and On-Premises Use Same APIs
- have full control over their data and meet all data sovereignty and data residency requirements that mandate customer data remain within a company's data center or contained within a geographic location, while still taking advantage of the benefits of the cloud;
- enable workload portability between on-premises and cloud, using identical environments, toolsets, and APIs;
- easily move Oracle and non-Oracle workloads between on-premises and the cloud, based on changing business requirements; and
- comply with security and privacy regulations such as PCI-DSS for the global credit and debit card industry, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act for the U.S. healthcare industry, FedRAMP for the U.S. federal government, Germany's Federal Data Protection Act, the United Kingdom's Data Protection Act, and other industry- and country-specific regulations.
- Infrastructure: Provides elastic compute, elastic block storage, virtual networking, file storage, messaging, and identity management to enable portability of Oracle and non-Oracle workloads into the cloud. Additional Internet as a service elements that complete the portfolio, including Containers and Elastic Load Balancer, will be available soon.
- Data management: Enables customers to use the Oracle database to manage data infrastructure in the cloud with the Oracle Database Cloud. The initial set of Database Cloud Service offerings will be followed by Oracle Database as a Service: Exadata for extreme performance and a broad set of Oracle Big Data Cloud services, including Big Data Discovery, Big Data Preparation, Hadoop and Big Data SQL.
- Application development: Users can develop and deploy Java applications in the cloud using Oracle Java Cloud, soon to be followed by other services for polyglot development in Java SE, Node.js, Ruby and PHP.
- Enterprise integration: Simplifies integration of on-premises applications with cloud applications, and cloud application to cloud application integration, by using the Oracle Integration Cloud Service. Additional capabilities for service-oriented architecture, API management and IoT will be added soon.
- Management: Unifies the experience of managing workloads seamlessly on-premises and in the Oracle Cloud.