Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and its Key Benefits

What is Oracle Cloud Infrastructure?

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and its key benefitsOracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) offers IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, and Data as a Service (DaaS) capabilities in a single, comprehensive platform. With OCI, Oracle has welded an array of affordably-priced compute, storage, database, networking, and platform services geared towards the enterprise, including small and medium-sized ones.

Complementing these services are technologies such as Oracle Autonomous Database, Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse, and Oracle Autonomous Transaction Processing. Taken all together, these give OCI the ability to handle large, data-intensive workloads with better security. For organizations transitioning from on-premises data centers to the Cloud, OCI is an ideal solution.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Core Concepts  

Services provided by Oracle Cloud

OCI has a broad range of services grouped into IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, and DaaS.

1. Infrastructure as a Service

OCI’s compute capacities ranges from bare metal servers and virtual machines (VMs) to graphics processors units (GPUs), high-performance computing (HPC), and container orchestration. OCI has various storage options, including local, file, object, archive, and block for vital storage use cases and workloads.

Central to OCI design is its isolated network virtualization concept. OCI’s network virtualization decouples the hypervisor’s network, significantly reducing security risks that underpin most hypervisors.

2. Platform as a Service

OCI’s PaaS builds from IaaS offerings, which integrates various Oracle and other open-source frameworks. Some of OCI’s popular PaaS offerings include:

3. Software as a Service

OCI SaaS offerings are ready-to-use applications that organizations can leverage for various use cases. You can use them to automate various operations, including human resources, enterprise resource planning (ERP), sales and marketing, supply chain management, and financial management, among others.

4. Data as a Service

OCI’s DaaS is a data aggregator. You can leverage it to access more than 135 million contact records worldwide with more than 90 firmographic attributes. Organizations can use this data to normalize, standardize, and correct their contact data in real-time. Also, DaaS can allow such organizations to achieve completeness and accuracy of their data.

Oracle Autonomous Database

Oracle Autonomous Database (OAD) is a machine learning (ML)-powered cloud database. The database takes care of itself, minimizing database administrators (DBAs)’ intervention and eliminating the often manual and error-prone tasks.

The “self-driving” aspect of OADs frees DBAs from mundane tasks while enforcing security so that they can concentrate on more innovative and high-level work. Central to the performance of OADs is the adaptive ML algorithms. These algorithms can automatically patch, back up, tune, and upgrade the database anytime, while the system is running to ensure maximum availability.

Oracle launched OAD in 2017, starting with Oracle Database 18c and later versions. As a database management software, Oracle 18c itself is not autonomous. The automation features that Oracle has built on top of it are what make it an autonomous database. Oracle provides this combination as a cloud service, which it describes as “self-driving,” “self-securing,” and “self-repairing.”

An OAD consists of two primary components that align it with workload types: data warehouse and transaction processing. A data warehouse uses already prepared data to perform business intelligence operations. It also manages all the database management lifecycle operations, including query scans.

Transaction processing, on the other hand, facilitates time-based transactions such as real-time personalization and analytics. It involves fewer records based on predefined operations.

The primary benefits that you can derive from autonomous databases are three-fold. First is the cost savings you get. By reducing the number of DBAs to manage OADs or redeploying them elsewhere into more strategic functions, you can save on costs.

Second, OADs can help you enhance service levels by eliminating manual and error-prone database operations via automation. Transitioning to OAD allows DBAs to refocus their data science skills into more value-driven insights for the business.

Finally, you achieve maximum performance, database uptime, and security with OADs. Unlike traditional databases, OAD leverages machine learning algorithms designed for automatic performance-tuning and automatic patching in real-time. This ensures you achieve maximum performance and security.

Benefits of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure offers the following benefits to enterprises:

Parallels RAS makes things easier on the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) offers robust support for the delivery of a wide range of resources, including virtual desktops, applications, physical PCs, folders, and data, on the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. With Parallels RAS, your organization can deploy and manage application and desktop delivery across various environments. It makes on-premises, public cloud, hybrid, and hyperconverged deployments easy and fast.

Parallels RAS is compatible with different operating systems and technologies, including Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), using a wide variety of hypervisors, including Microsoft Hyper-V, Nutanix Acropolis and Scale Computing HC3. Parallels RAS does VDI deployment using customized templates, allowing guest VMs to be created on the fly.

Using Parallels RAS, administrators can provide users with access to their PCs and other devices remotely and with full administrative permissions. Moreover, Parallels RAS allows quick delivery of dedicated remote PCs from a hosted desktop infrastructure (HDI), such as HPE Moonshot System and Atrust Remote PC Array. HDI is used when VDI does not meet the required computing power in data-intensive applications such as data mining and video or graphic editing.

Parallels RAS won a Platinum Award for Application Security in the 2020 Government Security Awards, or The Govies, presented by Security Today.

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