10 Oracle Cloud Facts You Might Not Know

Published by Macy Sears on July 29, 2020

The Rise Of Cloud Technology

Cloud storage has a significant impact on the way individuals house their data. By now, almost everyone is familiar with this model to some extent. Yet, what’s all the hype around cloud computing? This digital transformation is on the rise, and you won’t want to miss the great opportunity with Oracle Cloud.

Knowing the best strategic move for your company is tough. Selecting the best cloud hosting platform sounds even tougher. Regardless of the application, many enterprises have put their trust in Oracle. This has allowed them to remain one of the top providers in cutting edge technology for years.  

Companies traditionally chose to run applications, such as Peoplesoft, within their own infrastructure. This style refers to on-premise software, or on-prem. The downfall is that now your company also owns the long term associated maintenance.  

Now, what if you could outsource this to a team of elite professionals? And let’s say it even has lower costs? 

Once again, Oracle is transforming the industry and committing to you.  Are you ready to reap the many benefits of the public cloud through Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI)? 

A New Generation Cloud: Gen 2

First generation cloud offerings are for cloud native, net-new applications. They weren’t built for the enterprise. They also fell short on performance and security measures. 

Unlike their predecessors, Oracle understood the importance and bridged the gaps. They’ve engineered a second generation cloud and it’s setting the bar high. Gen 2 caters to the enterprise and financial systems, allowing them to replace their on-prem data centers with an intuitive cloud. They’re also gaining Oracle’s heightened security and top-level performance mechanisms. 

First generation cloud initiatives focused upon being serverless and elastic. Oracle Cloud delivers both that, and also offers the industry’s first and only autonomous database. 

Yes, you read that right – autonomous.  An autonomous infrastructure that configures itself, automatically provisions, and makes pilot error impossible. 

OCI provides the space, servers, and services under their autonomous database. They also have the necessary tools for a seamless migration. Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) allows you to outsource IT and focus back on core values. 

Gen 2 is taking over the cloud industry for a number of reasons, and the competitors can’t keep up.

1. Lower Costs

Managing costs is an essential component of every organization. Shifting to the cloud equates to a significant reduction in IT overhead costs. What’s better, is the top performance features that come with the migration.

Some enterprises are reluctant, fearing high costs of data egress and storage performance.  While that’s common amongst their competitors, Oracle simplifies the process. Using their pricing model and simplified rate structure, you’ll avoid hidden fees. Oracle’s Cost Estimator breaks down the costs.

Oracle understands the uncertainty associated with accounting for future demands. This predominantly occurs during or after the deployment of a new service. The pay-as-you-go structure works in conjunction with consumption, avoiding unnecessary costs. Oracle has also implemented Universal Credits, to manage modifications for cloud services. This supports easy changes or additions to any of Oracle’s PaaS or IaaS services.   

2. Elastic Scaling

Oracle prides itself on its quality network performance. They outrank their top competitors in speed and latency tests. They’re quickly setting the new standards amongst the cloud providers. 

A major component of cloud computing is elastic scaling.  However, it’s not always provided with the expected flexibility. Gen 2 allows for on-demand scaling when needed, and it’s adjusted back when it’s no longer necessary. That means you can seamlessly go from 1 to 10 cores without any downtime. This is an incredible advancement that reduces the lag gap and supports enterprise agility.

3. High Quality Performance

Oracle demonstrates the importance of quality performance throughout their varying applications. Interruptions can be critical, especially if your enterprise relies heavily on a specific service.   

While users are familiar with Oracle services, this isn’t always the case with an internal IT department. Oracle Cloud hosting provides the best of both worlds. Who is better to host your infrastructure, than the company that built its elements?

Unlike first generation clouds, OCI centers upon one converged database. Therefore, it operates under one security model and one application interface. This is beneficial because as you can imagine, managing multiple databases is complex. For multi-databases, all patches and updates are completed within each individual database. Not only is this costly, but it’s also very time consuming.

4. Custom Isolation Process

Gen 2 was designed with security in mind. The traditional shared infrastructure is cost-effective and available with OCI. However, they also offer the ability to run applications within a dedicated infrastructure. This includes full isolation and protection from other cloud tenants and Oracle employees. Oracle aims to provide privacy through different levels of infrastructure. 

Two options of instance isolation provided at the computing level:

  • Bare metal instances
  • Virtual machine (VM) instances 

Oracle offers complete network privacy through the Virtual Cloud Network (VCN). You can think of this as a perimeter of control, guarding and blocking the entrance of outside risks. 

Security is further controlled by enabling a series of authentication steps. Oracle achieves this with its Identity and Access Management (IAM). 

5. Data Encryption

Data encryption is another level of security where information stays protected. An encrypted key must match with the data for its deciphering.  As a cloud provider, Oracle helps its customers stay secure with data encryption. 

Your organization’s information stays protected during both levels: 

  • At-rest
  • In-transit

6. Manage Security Controls

Oracle reduces the risk further through their security management solutions. Built-in firewalls assist in providing cyber security. 

Users are also controlled through a series of verification steps that are customizable. You can increase the required authentication levels when dealing with higher levels of risk. 

Oracle offers 4 user authentication levels:

  • Console password
  • API key
  • Swift password
  • Customer secret key

7. Visible Audit Logs

It’s a common thought that you’ll lose visibility when outsourcing your infrastructure. While this may hold true for their predecessors, it’s not the case for Oracle Cloud.  Oracle provides extensive data logs and user activity reports for full visibility. 

These reports are helpful for compliance regulations and audit requirements. Data logs and security analytics will provide activity, user information, date, time, and IP source. The retainment of the audit logs is also customizable for up to 365 days.

8. Integrates with 3rd Party Vendors

There is no need to forego your current security assets or services either. Oracle partners with many third-party vendors, making their solutions also available on the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

Sentinel Software is a member of the Oracle PartnerNetwork. The partnership allows for integration into the cloud with no visual change to its user. Customers can use the Sentinel platform for PeopleSoft deployments on the Oracle Cloud. They can also continue managing their security through OCI with no visual changes.

Many other vendors have a similar style of partnership. The lift and shift model makes the migration to OCI simple. Oracle Cloud Marketplace is a central hub to view vendors, trusted apps, and services.

9. High Availability

Downtime can be business-critical if your enterprise relies on an application or interface. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure operates with durable, separately located availability domains. Each operates as a stand-alone infrastructure. This works to control and reduce the effects of natural and other disasters.   

In addition, the Oracle Cloud can automatically provision, tune, and patch without requiring downtime. While this is great for the infrastructure, Oracle has taken it a step further. They’ve introduced the first autonomous operating system (OS) – Oracle Autonomous Linux. It’s a highly available system, designed specifically for the cloud. It averages only two minutes of downtime per month.

10. Verifiable Secure Infrastructure

Oracle is continuously developing to create top-level infrastructure. Their team consists of the best within the industry, who strive to deliver greatness.  We have seen this throughout their varying applications. 

Now, they have taken on a new market space. Oracle commits to delivering excellence through cloud hosting. And you definitely won’t want to miss out! 

In the past, companies were uncertain of the public cloud and its security levels. Many were fearful of the lack of control and security breaches. The thought was to house on-prem for more control. However, this method has failed companies throughout time. Oracle understands the harsh repercussions of breaches and the importance of network security.

With this in mind, Oracle engineered the next generation cloud. It’s centered upon security and autonomy, and single-handedly redefining the cloud industry.

Have more questions? Contact us to receive more information on Oracle Cloud and see how you can benefit today!