The Move Towards Cloud Computing
Some people are reluctant to change. They fear the unknown; creating assumptions and perceptions that may not always be accurate. Maintaining that frame of mind, especially in the cloud computing sector, will only cause you and your organization to fall immensely behind.
This mentality holds true within the cloud computing sector, and it’s becoming apparent that those who remain resistant to its adoption are inadvertently falling behind. While the cloud infrastructure has become progressively more popular, the hesitation and speculations continue to flourish. For this reason, we are taking a look at the top myths associated with the cloud infrastructure and breaking down how Oracle Cloud debunks these fictitious thoughts.
1. Myth: You’ll Lose Control
It is a common misconception that with cloud infrastructure you’re giving up control over your data. The Oracle Cloud ensures that your data remains yours to manage and operate under your own terms, as you would on-premise. You maintain full control over your environments and processes but avoid the unnecessary hassle that comes along with system maintenance. In fact, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure opens the door for productivity and increased business operation workloads.
As your business grows and implements new projects, you’ll find that Oracle Cloud serves as the best, supporting infrastructure for your cloud computing. You’ll continue to control your environments and applications as normal, while hosted upon an elite, secure database. Don’t think you’ll lose your existing technologies either. Oracle’s second-generation cloud enhancements provide you with the ability to lift & shift all of your PeopleSoft environments seamlessly, allowing your business to function entirely the same on its front-end.
Oracle provides their cloud computing customers with tools, such as Cloud Manager, to ensure customer control and cloud efficiency. This is a free application that can be found within the Oracle Cloud Marketplace. While it is very beneficial for easing the migration process, it also provides capabilities for managing your cloud environments at your own discretion.
You’ll benefit from the following features with the help of the PeopleSoft Cloud Manager:
- Elastic Scaling – The PeopleSoft Cloud Manager provides access for automatic, elastic scaling. This ensures you have the on-demand capabilities to support network traffic by automatically adding or removing compute instances when necessary.
- PeopleSoft Lifecycle Management and Update Manager – The PeopleSoft Cloud Manager also allows you to subscribe to update release channels. Leverage the automation to improve the simplicity of upgrading and managing your PeopleSoft environments. You’ll stay current with PeopleTools features, patches, and upgrades with the click of a button. You can even create PeopleSoft Update Manager environments to separately test out any of these new features.
- Self-Service Provisioning – With the aid of the PeopleSoft Cloud Manager, you can quickly deploy new environments on an instance. You have the power to stop, clone, or even remove environments as your business dictates.
Shifting to Oracle’s cloud platform not only keeps you in full control, but it also allows you to receive the benefits associated with the Oracle autonomous database. The assumption of handing over Admin controls is completely overridden, and you’ll find that with Oracle Cloud, you’ll maintain the power in managing your environments. You’ll continue to control access, provide storage, and oversee your infrastructure as you would with on-premise.
2. Myth: It’s Not Secure
People often assume that cloud computing services lack overall security, and they’re more protected if they house their own infrastructure on-site. This is false for a number of reasons. Not only does on-premise come with an immense amount of housekeeping to maintain its security, but statistics also show that it doesn’t keep you immune to cyber security threats.
The Oracle Cloud is built with a number of security controls in place to ensure your data is protected within the cloud environment at all times, including the migration process. Enhanced with artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities, the Oracle autonomous database is able to detect and proactively act against threats instantly. Paired along with Oracle’s elite team of experts, you’ll find that the gen2 cloud is designed with security in mind.
You can select between the following cloud deployment models to best align with your organization’s values:
- Public Cloud – This model is commonly referred to as multi-tenant infrastructure, where you share the cloud computing resources. This results in lower costs as you forego the need for local hardware.
- Private Cloud – Under this method, computing resources are accessed solely by the organization, managed, and kept secure behind their own firewall.
- Hybrid Cloud – This model combines the features of both public and private clouds. It allows you the flexibility to keep select sensitive data in-house, while still leveraging the public cloud computing benefits.
The thought of a shared database causes a significant amount of hesitation in regard to cloud security. For this reason, Oracle engineered its cloud technologies to address the security concerns of many. Oracle as a cloud provider, creates a secure and isolated tenancy for your company to operate within. Customer isolation provides the ability to deploy applications in a fully isolated and private environment, away from other cloud tenants.
Oracle cloud security differentiates itself from the competition as they do not let their customers share the same servers that host the cloud control code. Keeping the two together creates a tremendous amount of risk and vulnerability. With Oracle’s separation approach, you keep business-critical information, such as customer code and sensitive data on a bare metal computer, away from other tenants and Oracle staff, while the cloud control code also stays separately isolated.
If functioning under your own network security controls is your preference, you can also establish a virtual cloud network (VCN) within the Oracle Cloud. This is a customizable, private network providing you with the ability to assign configurable IP addresses, manage and create subnets, and stateful firewalls.
PeopleSoft is home to a wide variety of industries specializing in highly sensitive data. You’ll find a large portion of its users operate within the healthcare and education sectors. With that, Oracle is no stranger to understanding the importance of heightened security throughout their applications and now within their cloud infrastructure. Their team is built with high-level engineers, continuously testing and providing its customers with updated patches and tools to stay current and protected.
On-premise updates can equate to exponential downtime and service interruptions, leaving organizations wanting to avoid it altogether. However, not keeping your security measures updated creates an incredible amount of risk in the form of breaches and malicious attacks. Oracle Cloud security enables updates and patches to become extremely accessible. You’ll find little to no downtime, numerous support tools, and overall security management easier than ever with their cloud infrastructure.
3. Myth: It’s More Expensive
This next cloud myth gains its attention as the validity can vary amongst cloud providers.
When housing on-site infrastructure, you incur the high costs associated with capital expenditure and system maintenance. Acquiring the hardware equipment for an on-site data center is not cheap. Along with that, comes the price of additional processors, backup generators, and much more. From there, you are hit with the expenses of purchasing not only business associated software but also software equipped for running your operating system.
Expenses associated with on-premise rise further when accounting for the power and HVAC systems required to maintain an appropriate climate for your equipment. When you are running an on-prem data center, you will also need the IT manpower to support it. While your IT department should never be fully eliminated, switching to a cloud platform can significantly reduce unnecessary overhead labor costs and eliminate redundancies. Overall, you’ll find that cloud solutions provide immense cost savings in comparison to the traditional on-premise, as you’re shifting the costly responsibilities associated with housing a physical data center onto your cloud provider.
When making the switch to cloud computing, not only are you trading in the costly capital expenses, you start paying only for what you use. In general, you’ll find the payment model of cloud computing to reflect the organization’s usage, in the form of a pay-as-you-go structure. Paying for only what you need has many cost-saving benefits, driving enterprises to explore the differences between cloud providers.
Oracle Cloud comes in significantly lower in costs when compared to its competitors. You’ll find this is strongly related to data egress and storage performance costs. Outbound bandwidth costs initially received a bad reputation in the cloud industry, however, Oracle Cloud quickly amped to change this. You’ll find that data egress savings alone can reflect up to 80 percent in comparison to their leading contender.
Cloud computing adoption results in a significant reduction in overhead and capital costs when compared to on-premise. When choosing an elite cloud provider, such as Oracle, you’ll benefit from continued savings paired alongside its outstanding cloud computing performance.
4. Myth: The Cloud Is Unreliable
Yet again, the cloud industry is faced against an assumption that is solely dependent upon the individual cloud provider. The broad statement of the overall cloud being unreliable must be broken down, as the makings of a reliable cloud are determined by the providers’ own expertise, knowledge, and customer service levels offered to their users.
We’ve known and trusted Oracle applications for decades. They’ve continuously provided state-of-the-art technologies and their cloud database is no different. The Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is built and optimized to most efficiently run all of your Oracle databases and applications. Backed with service-level agreements, customers receive a full understanding of what they can expect from Oracle Cloud.
While downtime is kept to a minimum, heavily relying on a public internet connection for your mission-critical workloads might not appeal to everyone, which is why Oracle introduced the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect. It provides the ability to bypass the public internet and connect directly to their infrastructure and services. It offers a fast, secure connection into the cloud with notable network performance and reduced latency.
When in doubt you always have the ability to leverage their premier support for assistance on all of your cloud-related inquiries. Oracle provides you with the resources and tools for successfully integrating the cloud platform within all departments of your enterprise.
5. Myth: The Migration Process Is Difficult
Moving an on-premise infrastructure and transferring all of its accompanying data into the cloud sounds like a time-consuming and complex task to take on. However, what you’ll be surprised to find out is, that with the right cloud provider the migration process can be quite simple. It’s true that an overall enterprise-wide migration will account for additional time, but formulating a concise organizational plan with the help of your provider can save you several headaches.
Oracle simplifies the migration process by providing its customers with migration tools, such as the PeopleSoft Cloud Manager with Lift and Shift capabilities. Using this, you can seamlessly “lift and shift” your existing on-premise environments into Oracle Cloud.
If you’re looking for additional resources when undergoing the transition, you’ll want to consider Oracle’s vendor partnership with Sentinel Software. Sentinel will oversee the lift and shift cloud migration for its customers and help you ensure a smooth transition with their Oracle Cloud Hosting.
With Sentinel Hosting you’ll benefit from:
- Central Administration – Centrally manage security for all PeopleSoft applications.
- Visual Security – Ability to see the menus and pages that users can access.
- Audit Reporting – View users with Segregation of Duties (SOD) conflicts and access to PII/PCI data.
- Access Requests – View a user’s current PeopleSoft access and request changes online.
- Automated Provisioning – Provision and de-provision roles by job or schedule.
- Data Protection – Scramble and mask PII/ PCI data.
If you’ve been under the impression that any of these cloud computing myths were true, it’s time for you to reconsider your stance and recognize the key advantages of cloud migration. The Oracle Cloud Infrastructure has reinvented the cloud platform, setting new standards amongst the providers for cloud security, reliability, and much more.
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