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Oracle eases journey to the cloud

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Oracle has launched a new family of offerings designed to enable organisations to easily move to the cloud and remove some of the biggest obstacles to cloud adoption. The services provide CIOs with new choices in where they deploy their enterprise software and a natural path to easily move business critical applications from on-premises to the cloud.
While organisations are eager to move their enterprise workloads to the public cloud, many have been constrained by business, legislative and regulatory requirements that have prevented them from being able to adopt the technology.
“We are committed to helping our customers move to the cloud to help speed their innovation, fuel their business growth, and drive business transformation,” says Thomas Kurian, president of Oracle. “Today’s news is unprecedented.  We announced a number of new cloud services and we are now the first public cloud vendor to offer organizations the ultimate in choice on where and how they want to run their Oracle Cloud.”
Oracle Cloud at Customer enables organisations to get all of the benefits of Oracle’s cloud services – agility, simplicity, performance, elastic scaling, and subscription pricing – in their datacenter. This is the first offering from a major public cloud vendor that delivers a stack that is 100% compatible with the Oracle Cloud but available on-premises.
Since the software is seamless with the Oracle Cloud, 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.
Additionally, as a fully managed Oracle offering, customers get the same experience and the latest innovations and benefits using it in their datacenter as in the Oracle Cloud.
By extending the Oracle Cloud into their data centre, 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;
* Enable workload portability between on-premises and cloud using identical environments, toolsets, and APIs;
* Easily move Oracle and non-Oracle workloads between on-premises and the cloud based on their changing business requirements; and
*  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 UK’s Data Protection Act, and other industry- and country-specific regulations.
Oracle has announced the availability of the following Oracle Cloud at Customer services:
* 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. Additional IaaS services that complete the portfolio, including Containers and Elastic Load Balancer will be available soon.
* Data Management: Enables customers to use the number one 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 Big Data Cloud services, including Big Data Discovery, Big Data Preparation, Hadoop, and Big Data SQL.
* Application Development: Develop and deploy Java applications in the cloud using Oracle Java Cloud, soon to be followed by other services for polyglot development in Java SE, Node.Js, Ruby, and PHP.
* Enterprise Integration: Simplify integration of on-premises applications to cloud applications and cloud application to cloud application integration using the Oracle Integration Cloud Service.  Additional capabilities for SOA, API Management, and IoT will be added soon.
* Management: Unifies the experience of managing workloads seamlessly on-premises and in the Oracle Cloud.