Oracle has displayed commitment to customers with consistent cloud management and range of choices across hybrid, multi-cloud architectures.
- Oracle’s strategy is to adapt towards a multi-cloud world.
- Oracle benefits from a large portfolio of software applications.
- Oracle has a reputation for reliability, with more than 99.99% availability uptime.
- Oracle requires four minutes per month for maintenance work, according to Omdia Consulting.
- The Microsoft-Oracle partnership demonstrates maturity of thinking about how cloud will be adopted and deployed.
- As a late entrant into the public cloud marketplace, Oracle has a created a detailed catch-up plan.
- Oracle’s cloud strategy is anchored by its self-driving Autonomous OS and Gen 2 Oracle Cloud Services.
- Oracle Cloud Management architecture is becoming more open.
- Oracle is taking steps to ensure tools and services have visibility across Oracle and third-party clouds.
- Oracle has a dual region strategy that enables customers to deploy applications in multiple geographies.
Although the cloud service provider market is mature, with many providers having more than 10 years of experience offering cloud services, Oracle is relatively new to the cloud provider market. Its cloud offering was released in November 2016. Oracle is a vendor that has benefited from the cloud becoming used for more mission-critical workloads. Enterprises are now evaluating the ability of cloud vendors to support mission-critical workloads.
Oracle benefits from a large portfolio of software applications including ERP, CRM, SCM, HCM, which provides a potential market for its cloud offerings. In addition, Oracle’s Autonomous Database, amongst its latest developments is available as a service on its second-generation platform. This is another key driver for overall OCI adoption and utilisation.
Oracle has a reputation for reliability, with more than 99.99% availability uptime. Oracle has built its second-generation cloud infrastructure to ensure that this reputation is not compromised. On average, Oracle only requires four minutes per month for maintenance work, according to a report published in May 2020 by Omdia Consulting.
Oracle’s strategy is to adapt towards a multi-cloud world, and through partnerships it has positioned itself in the market to meet this demand from enterprises. The Oracle and Microsoft alliance announced in June 2019 enables customers to deploy mission-critical enterprise workloads that both Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud environments.
The Microsoft-Oracle partnership brings significant customer benefits and demonstrates maturity of thinking about how cloud will be adopted and deployed in enterprise accounts. The Microsoft-Oracle partnership enables enterprises to access best-of-breed capabilities in the cloud that are best suited to the needs of complex business applications.
The Microsoft-Oracle partnership manages the challenges of interoperability and provides interconnection between the two clouds platforms. Omdia Consulting believes this approach by Oracle, towards managing future workloads for its enterprise customers, through a combination of cloud platforms, is increasingly making it an influential enterprise-class cloud provider.
As a late entrant into the public cloud marketplace, Oracle has a created a detailed catch-up plan across the medium-term horizon. Oracle’s strong commitment towards innovating cloud solutions and building the second-generation Oracle Cloud Infrastructure has also earned it a high level of commitment amongst its customers. According to Omdia Consulting, approximately 80% of Oracle’s customers have committed to Oracle Cloud for between one and three years, and 21% of customers have made a greater than three-year commitment.
Oracle has emphasised its commitment to providing customers with consistent cloud management capabilities and a wide range of choices for building, deploying, running, and managing applications and databases across hybrid, multicloud architectures.
Oracle’s overall cloud strategy is anchored by its self-driving Autonomous OS and Gen 2 Oracle Cloud Services portfolio that spans on-premises customer-managed engineered systems, on-premises remotely managed Cloud@Customer platforms, and a rapidly growing worldwide network of OCI public cloud datacenters that are expected to cover 36 regions by the end of 2020.
According to a report by IDC, titled Oracle Management Strategy Underscores Commitment to Hybrid, Multicloud Choice, Oracle is acknowledging that customers will continue to run workloads on VMware platforms and may choose to deploy applications on third-party public clouds such as Microsoft Azure. The evolving Oracle Cloud Management architecture is becoming more open and is taking steps to ensure that Oracle management tools and services have consistent visibility and control across Oracle platforms and third-party clouds.
Global cloud regions
Oracle announced availability of the first of two planned second-generation cloud regions in UAE. The addition of the Dubai Cloud region marks the availability of 26 Oracle Cloud Regions worldwide. The opening is part of Oracle’s plan to have 36 Cloud regions by July 2021. Located in Dubai, the new Cloud region will offer all Oracle Cloud services, including Oracle Autonomous Database and Oracle Cloud Applications.
Oracle opened eight Cloud Regions in 2020 and currently operates 26 regions globally – 20 commercial and six government and multiple dedicated regions for US intelligence services – the fastest expansion by any major cloud provider. To help customers build true business continuity and disaster protection while meeting in-country data residence requirements, Oracle plans to establish at least two regions in almost every country where it operates.
The US, Canada, EU, South Korea, Japan, India and Australia already have two cloud Regions. Upcoming Cloud Regions include second regions in the UK, Brazil, UAE, Saudi Arabia; additional EU regions in Italy, Sweden, and France; as well as new regions in Chile, Singapore, South Africa, and Israel.
Oracle has a dual region strategy that enables customers to deploy resilient applications in multiple geographies for disaster recovery and compliance requirements – without having sensitive data leave the country. Customers that want to run critical systems of record in the cloud need fully independent cloud regions for disaster recovery purposes with multiple sites in the same country to meet data residency requirements.
Oracle has established a digital hub in Dubai, focused on driving cloud adoption across the country’s mid-sized businesses.
In line with the UAE’s Strategy for Artificial Intelligence, Oracle has also established a first of its kind innovation hub in Dubai to accelerate the implementation of Artificial Intelligence in the UAE. Oracle has also initiated a collaboration with UAE’s Higher Colleges of Technology to help prepare 1,000 students for the digital economy by training them in emerging technologies.
Source: SWOT Assessment Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Omdia Consulting; Oracle Management Strategy Underscores Commitment to Hybrid, Multicloud Choice, IDC Link.