So, you have chosen Oracle as the platform on which your digital transformation program will take place. So what does your Oracle infrastructure need to provide to make that happen?
This checklist will help ensure you choose the right hardware to power your plans.
Improving the customer (and user) experience
Customer loyalty may be dead, but every customer still expects a high-quality experience. To ensure you can meet their expectations, you must deliver:
- Maximum availability (it’s not just data centre managers who demand 99.9999% uptime these days)
- Fast application response times
- 24/7 operations
- Consistent data protection on-prem and in the cloud to meet compliance obligations.
To meet these goals, your Oracle infrastructure must offer:
- All-flash storage for maximum performance
- Proactive monitoring and predictive analytics to optimise operations
- Fault tolerance and automated fail-over as standard
- Automatic recovery to prevent downtime
- Non-disruptive software updates and hardware maintenance to properly protect systems, data and users.
Without these features, your infrastructure is unlikely to provide the security, resilience and performance required for an exceptional customer experience.
Simplifying operations and lowering TCO
Successful digital transformation requires improved access to data to empower better strategic decision-making. But at the same time, it should also help to improve efficiency and lower operating costs. Ultimately you are looking to:
- Reduce management complexity
- Eliminate guesswork when dealing with technical issues
- Reduce TCO.
So what does your Oracle infrastructure have to offer to meet these goals?
- Unified architecture with built-in automation to simplify management
- Integrated data protection to simplify backup and recovery
- Native cloud integration to support hybrid operations
- Automated capacity monitoring and proactive issue monitoring to help identify and resolve issues more quickly
- Quality of Service configurations to prioritise mission-critical applications and to scale resources automatically as demand changes
- Tools to help you understand and manage cloud resource consumption and cost
- Data deduplication and compression to maximise storage capacity and efficiency.
Again, any Oracle infrastructure option that does not provide these features as standard will probably not be able to deliver the efficiency and cost savings you need.
In all reality, there are very few platforms capable of delivering all of these requirements. And although there may be lower-cost alternatives available, these will not tick all the boxes – indeed, the up-front capital investment savings may come at the cost of future gains that can only be realised by a market-leading solution.
To learn more about choosing Oracle infrastructure that will help you meet your digital transformation goals – and which meets all the requirements of this checklist – please give us a call.