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Oracle today unveiled a new product line, called Oracle Cloud at Customer, that allows enterprises to run the company's public cloud services within their own data centers. Meant to ease hybrid-cloud anxiety, the solutions suite offers customers an on-premises cloud stack that is completely compatible with Oracle's public cloud.
Providing many of Oracle Cloud's capabilities, including elastic scaling and subscription pricing, it enables organizations that are wrestling with data privacy and regulatory requirements to run cloud services behind their own firewalls, and if conditions warrant it, move their workloads to the public cloud. Oracle Cloud at Customer inherits the security certifications of its public cloud counterpart. It complies with PCI-DSS, HIPAA, FedRAMP and the United Kingdom's Data Protection Act, to name a few.
The first Oracle Cloud at Customer offering is Oracle Cloud Machine (PDF). Available now, it provides infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) capabilities that mirror those of Oracle's own public cloud platform, which runs in 19 data centers spread across the globe.
And according to Nirav Mehta, vice president of Product Management for Oracle, his company's public and private cloud platforms will always stay in sync.
"We have taken great effort to ensure that the same software that underpins the Oracle (public) Cloud is delivered with the Oracle Cloud Machine as well," he wrote in a March 24 blog post. "Oracle also ensures that this congruence between the private cloud and public cloud is maintained by frequently updating the Oracle Cloud Machine with the same updates that we deploy in the Oracle Cloud."
Sold as a subscription, the service is managed remotely using Oracle Cloud Operations. On Oracle's end, an assigned Technical Account Manager assists with capacity planning, performance optimization and support, said Mehta.
Also in sync is the service's pricing. Oracle Cloud Machine costs are the same as public cloud, allowing customers to consume the service either online or in their own data center at the same price, he added.
Additional IaaS services, including container support and elastic load balancing will be available soon, according to the company. On the database front, Database Cloud Service will be followed by Oracle Database as a Service – Exadata for big data workloads. Customers can begin cloudifying their enterprise applications with Oracle Integration Cloud Service, followed soon by service-oriented architecture (SOA), Internet of Things (IoT) and application programming interface (API) management.
Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at Datamation. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.
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