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There’s a lot to the Oracle Cloud. One-of-a-kind solutions, unique cross-platform flexibility, and, of course, the world-class performance you expect from an Oracle solution. However, the many options available in the Oracle Cloud can make it difficult to properly understand how Oracle Cloud integration works.
This is important, so to help you sort out the details, here’s your quick, handy guide to understanding the full Oracle Cloud stack and how you can integrate them for a high-performance cloud solution that you can rely on to support your business, now and in the future.
A cloud infrastructure built for the enterprise from the ground up, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) is an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) that helps you maintain control deep into the cloud stack, empowering you to manage your own virtualization, storage, networking, and datacenter. Typically, this level of control isn’t available with cloud solutions, but full-stack control isn’t the only benefit that makes Oracle Cloud Infrastructure unique.
In addition, OCI provides granular insight and the blazing-fast, bare metal performance large enterprises require – plus, OCI offers the option to use either the Oracle Cloud or other clouds, such as AWS. For the ultimate in cloud control, some enterprises choose to run Oracle Cloud Infrastructure on a cloud housed behind their own firewall, in their own datacenter, using a unique service known as Oracle Cloud at Customer.
Oracle’s IaaS solution, OCI, is the baseline cloud service that sets the standard for all other Oracle apps, services, and workloads with which you want to integrate. Because OCI forms the backbone of your operations, you must ensure that your OCI implementation is carefully structured by an expert cloud architect, so it can flexibly weather industry disruptions and handle your evolving business needs.
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SaaS apps are the cloud programs your company has likely been running for quite some time. Common examples include Microsoft Office 365, Dropbox, and NetSuite. In fact, Gartner predicts that, by 2021, 55% of Oracle’s on-premises customers will have moved 80% of their on-premises capabilities to Oracle Cloud Applications (Oracle SaaS apps).
Oracle SaaS apps provide the mix-and-match flexibility modern enterprises need to easily and securely extend operations to on-the-go teams and global, multisite operations. Some examples of Oracle SaaS apps you may know about (or use already!) include Oracle ERP Cloud, Oracle HCM Cloud, Oracle SCM Cloud, and others.
Companies of all sizes and in all industries can realize a benefit from Oracle SaaS apps because they feature a lower CapEx than on-premises software, they’re easy to update, and they drive mobility. One of the top reasons enterprises choose cloud apps is because they make real-time, critical business information securely available anywhere and anytime.
Some SaaS solutions can differ significantly from their on-premises counterparts because some SaaS apps are more mature (i.e. have been around longer) than others. Oracle Cloud ERP is a good example of an Oracle SaaS app that differs greatly between the on-premises version and the cloud version, which is why savvy business leaders carefully investigate the benefits, features, and functionality of all SaaS apps before making the switch.
Oracle’s “Platform as a Service” solution simplifies the process for enterprises wanting to develop, deploy, and run apps without having to maintain and run their underlying infrastructure. PaaS also overcomes the obstacle of cloud visibility, delivering deeper insight into both cloud and on-premises solutions simultaneously, and Oracle’s cloud platform can also provide a seamless failover backup solution (DRaaS) that keeps your operations running seamlessly, no matter what.
In the past, enterprises that wanted to speed up development and testing activities were the most likely to implement a PaaS solution but, these days, modern enterprises also rely on PaaS to replicate their systems for better disaster recovery or to provide true insight into cloud and non-cloud analytics with a “single pane of glass” integrated overview.
Arguably, PaaS is the most versatile cloud service, yet it’s also the least understood and is therefore underutilized in enterprise environments. If you’re investigating cloud solutions, be sure to consider PaaS for faster, more agile development, with a faster time-to-market. Also ask how PaaS can improve your disaster recovery practices.
If you’re looking to migrate your infrastructure, platforms, or applications to the cloud, it’s important to ensure that your cloud setup provides full Oracle Cloud integration, so you can maintain comprehensive cloud flexibility and agility in the future. As you know, one of the biggest benefits of using an Oracle solution is the tight integration it provides – and you deserve to rely on that integration, no matter how you choose to access your Oracle solutions.
The best way to make sure your solutions are cleanly integrated, fully extensible, and truly flexible, is to work with an Oracle consultant that has full cloud stack expertise.
Since 1997, Centroid has been helping companies of all sizes and across a wide variety of industries select, implement, and maintain Oracle solutions. The Centroid team developed a deep curiosity about the cloud before people were even calling it “the cloud,” and that long-term experience with Oracle Cloud solutions has led us to become pioneers with a number of cutting-edge cloud services.
We’re proud to say we were one of the first Oracle Cloud MSPs on the planet, we delivered the largest Oracle IaaS/Paas solution to date, and we developed one of the fastest cloud migration methodologies in existence, which reduces cloud workload migrations from months to mere hours.
Learn more about Centroid’s full stack cloud expertise when you browse through some of our customer case studies.
Centroid is a cloud services and technology company that provides Oracle enterprise workload consulting and managed services across Oracle, Azure, Amazon, Google, and private cloud. From applications to technology to infrastructure, Centroid’s depth of Oracle expertise and breadth of cloud capabilities helps clients modernize, transform, and grow their business to the next level.