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Oracle Announces Virtual Cloud Options for Data Centers

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

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FREMONT, CA: Oracle announces the launch of a new group of tools that enable enterprises to run a virtual cloud system inside a proprietary Oracle physical server. Oracle releases Oracle Cloud, a package of its publically available cloud software that will run on a new physical server called Oracle Cloud Machine.

Cloud and On-Premises Use Same APIs

A Cloud Machine runs the same APIs as the Oracle public cloud, enabling an enterprise to run a virtual private cloud inside a firewall in its data center. This feature allows more choices such as on or off-premises while using all the same equipment; ways to deploy workloads.

This strategy by Oracle mandates sales of a server instance or racks, to existing or new customers   looking to invest in a well-established IT vendor that can provide everything at once: databases, middleware, storage, analytics, the cloud and the hardware on which the customer can run everything.

Choose between Data Center or Managed Service

The Oracle cloud delivers a stack that is 100 percent compatible with the Oracle Cloud but also available on-premises. Customers can use it for a number of use cases, including disaster recovery, elastic bursting, dev/test, lift-and-shift workload migration, and a single API and scripting toolkit for DevOps.

Users can also boot up separate clouds running on Oracle Linux, Red Hat, Windows and other operating systems, Oracle said.

The Oracle Cloud Machine uses Intel X5 processors and comes in three versions: v288, v576 and v1080, which provide storage capacities of 2TB, 4TB and 7.5TB respectively. It features local solid-state storage, network-attached storage (optional) and 10GB Cisco Systems switching. It fits into a data center rack like any standard 19-inch server box.

By using Oracle Cloud in a data center, customers can 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.

The user can enable workload portability between on-premises and cloud using identical environments, toolsets, and APIs and be able to move Oracle and non-Oracle workloads between on-premises and the cloud based on their changing business requirements.

The users can also comply with security and privacy regulations such as PCI-DSS for the global credit and debit card industry, HIPAA for the US healthcare industry, FedRAMP for the US federal government, Germany's Federal Data Protection Act, the United Kingdom's Data Protection Act, and other industry- and country-specific regulations.

As a managed service, the Cloud features:

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.

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.

Enterprise integration: Simplifies integration of on-premises applications to cloud applications and cloud application to cloud application integration using the Oracle Integration Cloud Service

Management: Unifies the experience of managing workloads seamlessly on-premises and in the Oracle Cloud.

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