IT leaders must balance the greater flexibility and breadth of technology options offered by a multi cloud management strategy against the greater complexity and significantly increased costs of such a strategy.
Multi Cloud Management Challenges
- Poor availability from current cloud provider for critical applications
- Modern optimizations tools and capabilities are missing
- Regional compliance requirements
- Add competitive tension in cloud vendor negotiations
- Risks in lock-in with One single vendor
- Poor geographical coverage for low latency
- Support business-led cloud adoption for transformation journey
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) has ensured a comprehensive set of multi cloud management capability enablement through its cloud services. Oracle has ensured this through specialized deployments, database services, extensive monitoring capabilities, and strategic partnerships to fit client needs to achieve multi cloud freedom.
5 Ways to Resolve Multi Cloud Management Challenges
1. Oracle Hyperscale in 37 Cloud Regions
Today Oracle has become one of the fastest growing network of global data centers with 37 cloud regions available and 7 more planned by the end of 2022.
More than 80 cloud infrastructure and platform services can be availed with Oracle cloud. Most regions also offer the Cloud Application (SaaS) portfolio. Across Applications and Infrastructure, with public and hybrid cloud options, Oracle supports local access, regional compliance, and true business continuity. Most recently in Dec-Jan Oracle additionally opened 3 new regions in Nordics, Italy and Africa.
Customer Challenge for Regional Application Availability
- Low latency requirement for regionally distributed applications
- Unable to meet Legal / Local compliance for data protection
- Multinational organizations gaining flexibility of regional availability
Benefits of Oracle Cloud VMware Solutions on OCI
- Improve availability and performance of application
- Meet compliance requirements
- Gain improved geographical coverage
2. Oracle Cloud VMware Solutions
Customers want to be able to move their VMware workloads to the cloud without having to modify them. They also want to gain scale and agility while maintaining continuity with existing VMware-based tools, processes, and policies. Oracle Cloud VMware Solution (OCVS) is the only solution on the market that provides a native VMware-based cloud environment, installed within a customer’s tenancy with complete control using familiar VMware tools. Customers can use the Oracle VMware solution to move or extend on-premises VMware-based workloads to OCI across all regions without rearchitecting applications or retooling operations.
- Unable to rearchitect applications or retooling operations
- Onprem to cloud migration complexity
- Regional availability for Disaster Recovery solutions
Benefits of Oracle Cloud VMware Solutions on OCI
- Full Customer Control
- Enhanced Security
- Global Availability
- Low Cost
3. Exadata Cloud@Customer
Some customers continue to have large classes of mission critical workloads that run on-premises for compliance, regulatory and performance-related reasons. Other than Oracle workloads, their critical Non-Oracle workloads would also require highly reliable, secure, price-performant infrastructure.
Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer from Oracle that solves these challenges by bringing the [exact same] capabilities of Oracle’s, a next-generation cloud platform, on-premises. Customers can now easily consolidate mission-critical database systems (including Oracle databases) along with applications that were previously deployed on expensive be-spoke hardware, on highly available and highly secure Oracle Cloud Infrastructure – creating operational efficiencies and modernization opportunities. Customers can choose from all services available in the Oracle Cloud including Autonomous Database, Container Engine for Kubernetes, Bare Metal Servers, Exadata Cloud Service, and only pay for services they consume using the same predictable low pricing offered in our public regions
Challenges for Critical Applications
- Data sovereignty – Regulation, data privacy requirements and Sensitive/IP data can’t leave premises.
- Security and control – Physical security of infrastructure and data Single tenant, self-contained environment
- Latency – Stringent latency requirements for high volume applications and legacy applications tied to on-premises operational systems
- Third-party or Open-source databases – MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, Redis or big data workloads like Hadoop/Spark, data science workloads like Jupyter notebooks, middle-tier and application-tier workloads
Benefits of Exadata Cloud@Customer
- Self-contained cloud region
- Bring all of Oracle’s public cloud services to your data center
- Public cloud economics
- Security of the public cloud
- Meet data locality requirements
- Consistency in operations and development experience – Same exact SLAs and APIs for a truly consistent development experience
- Certified for Oracle SaaS products like ERP-Financials, HCM, & SCM
4. Roving Edge Infrastructure
Roving Edge Infrastructure enables high-performance, low-latency data processing outside the data center, even in disconnected and harsh environments, through a ruggedized appliance that extends and integrates with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.
Challenges for Disconnected Locations
- Locations are not conducive to host critical hardware
- Require extremely low latency for delay-sensitive cloud applications
- Public and private sector customers who cannot host on Public cloud environments
Benefits of Roving Edge Infrastructure
- The Roving Edge devices (RED), provides the storage and compute power to run virtual machines where you can perform analytics, machine learning, and location-based services. These can be either as a single device or clustered together.
- Highly portable to be set up and taken down as needed.
- Increase your compute or storage capacity as needed by setting up 5-15 REDs as a standalone cluster, or 15-30 as a station cluster.
- Individual REDs are contained in a military grade ruggedized case for remote and austere environments. Station cluster do not include the ruggedized cas
- High-performance computing and storage capabilities that operate with intermittent or no internet connectivity.
- Synchronize your object storage datasets with your Oracle Cloud Infrastructure tenancy [AG1] after establishing an internet connection between the RED and your home OCI region.
5. Microsoft Azure Interconnect
To enable their common customers to run their workloads across OCI and Azure and interconnect them Oracle and Microsoft have partnered on cross-cloud connectivity. Customers can take advantage of this multi cloud deployment and interconnectivity, others have realized greater value by running their Oracle workloads on OCI.
Challenges in interconnecting Oracle Cloud and Azure
- Multi-cloud integration for critical applications and tools such as Azure services, like Analytics and AI, to Oracle Cloud services, like Autonomous Database was a challenge
- Oracle licensing was a challenge with the Interconnect integration with Azure
- Critical applications such as Oracle EBS, JD Edwards were not compatible to run on Azure
Benefits of a Microsoft Azure Interconnect with Oracle Cloud
Regional low-latency integration for multi-cloud architectures
- OCI supports the latest and complete set of Oracle technologies such as Real Application Cluster (RAC), Exadata, and Autonomous Database.
- Oracle workloads typically run faster and have superior cost/performance on OCI
- Oracle licenses required to run on Azure are 2X versus running on OCI
- Oracle provides automated tools to ease the migration of Oracle Applications, Database, and Middleware to OCI. These tools (such as Oracle EBS Cloud Manager and PeopleSoft Cloud Manager) are not available on Azure.
- Oracle offers Universal Credits and BYOL2PaaS to bring customers’ own Oracle software licenses to OCI. Azure does not offer Universal Credits and BYOL2PaaS for Oracle software.
- Only Oracle provides single vendor accountability and support for Oracle software, OCI IaaS, and Cloud at Customer deployment. Issues can be resolved quickly across all the layers of cloud without finger pointing.
Resolve your Multicloud challenges now!
Gartner too recommends being selective on multi cloud providers for enhanced capabilities, & cost. Focus IT’s efforts on the primary strategic cloud provider and Limit approved cloud providers and tier them by level of support. Create a cloud workload placement policy with respect to application tier and manage concentration risks, not vendor lock-in with a single cloud provider.
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) has taken considerable care to build a comprehensive set of multicloud solutions in the form of specialized deployments, database services, extensive monitoring capabilities, and strategic partnerships to fit your organization’s needs.