Cloud services are supposed to help cut costs, enable digital transformation and automatically scale in line with demand. However, many early cloud adopters have become disillusioned; they know they should be achieving these goals, but in reality are not fully meeting expectations.
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure has been designed to close those gaps and to deliver on the promise of cloud economics. And this is how OCI achieves that goal:
OCI has been built to give customers greater control over their virtual environment, thereby helping to reduce costs. Virtual machine instances can be adjusted to include a range of CPU technologies and speeds with fully configurable RAM options too. Importantly, smaller workloads can be scaled-down to make use of burstable instances that use as little as 12.5% of the CPU power, further containing costs.
Other important configuration options include preemptible instances that cost 50% less than an on-demand equivalent. And the Flexible Load Balancer offers elastic scaling to ensure you never pay for the bandwidth you are not using.
Optimising security and performance is a significant administrative overhead. To help ensure your cloud-based systems are properly protected, OCI employs automated services to self-tune operating systems and apply security patches without causing downtime.
Diverse compute instances
In recognition that not all workloads are the same, Oracle has expanded the range of CPU offerings available in OCI. With a choice of Intel, AMD and ARM, customers have access to high-performance virtual servers for every application, optimised to their preferred CPU architecture.
Hybrid and multi-cloud
Hybrid cloud will remain the standard deployment for most businesses into the foreseeable future, and Oracle OCI has been built with that reality in mind. Cloud@Customers brings OCI tools and services on-premise, including managed cloud services and Oracle Fusions SaaS.
Cloud@Customer allows users to take advantage of all the same cloud features – flexibility, pay-as-you-billing, scalability – in their own data centre. The Microsoft Azure Interconnect enables multi-cloud operations so that users can select the hosted platform that best meets the needs of a specific application, ensuring they realise the best of all available options.
Moving on-premise workloads to the cloud can be complex – particularly when a business lacks sufficient expertise in-house. Oracle provides free migration assistance to OCI customers to help plug these gaps and ensure that cloud-based systems are fully optimised to deliver expected business benefits.
Unlike some cloud providers, Oracle applies the same pricing structure across the world. This means that customers can accurately calculate their usage costs, no matter where they – or their hosted systems – are based.
Equally important is the “bring your own license” program that allows customers to apply their on-premise licenses to hosted services. In this way, they do not end up paying twice for the services they use.
Oracle describes Oracle Cloud Infrastrcture as ‘second generation’ cloud because it has been designed to overcome many of the frustrations and limitations that have plagued other platforms. Although later to the cloud marketplace than other providers (particularly Amazon and Microsoft), OCI has used that ‘lag’ to create the ideal platform for helping businesses realise the full value of cloud economics.
If you’d like to know more about Oracle OCI and how it can help your organisation better meet its cloud goals, please get in touch .