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Oracle Cloud Platform Review 2021

Oracle offers a collection of cloud products and services under their Oracle Cloud division to build, deploy, and integrate applications in the cloud.

With over 130,000 employees, Oracle serves organizations in a variety of industries in over 150 countries around the globe. 

Oracle’s profits for fiscal year 2021 were up by 4%, with their Oracle Cloud Infrastructure bringing in the most increase in revenue at over 100%. 

Oracle Cloud’s offerings range from infrastructure to ready-to-use applications.

Oracle Cloud Portfolio

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) is a platform that offers cloud services for customers to build and deploy a wide range of apps for their business operations and clients alike.

  • Infrastructure is completely autonomous
  • Has built-in support for hybrid architectures
  • Equipped with analysis tools, data, and database management tools
  • Codeless application development capabilities

Compute

OCI comes with on-demand, elastic, and secure compute capacity. 

  • Bare metal servers
  • Virtual machines
  • Cloud container
  • Cloud VMware solutions

The compute servers have built-in security features and can be integrated with a broad range of operating systems and file and media formats.

Application Development

Oracle Cloud offers an application development platform that’s fully integrated with their other cloud solutions, making it easy to build modern and intelligent apps.

  • DevOps model for smooth app development
  • Java framework
  • Low code, eliminating about 98% of hand-written code

Content Management

Oracle Cloud Management is a cloud-native content management platform that offers video content creation and digital assets management tools.

  • Powerful team collaboration management tools
  • Workflow management functionalities
  • Machine learning (ML)-based content tagging

Integration

Oracle Cloud allows all parts of the cloud platform to work as a central hub for all cloud apps — Oracle or not.

  • Third-party software-as-a-service (SaaS) compatibility
  • Generate and analyze business and efficiency metrics from all connected apps
  • API management tools
  • Specialized data integration tools
  • Prebuilt integration flows for enterprise resource planning (ERP), human capital management (HCM), and customer experience (CX)
  • Machine learning recommendations and advice

Cloud Observability and Management

Oracle Cloud’s observability and management platform is fully integrated with third-party analysis and monitoring apps.

  • Real-time visibility and insights across the cloud environment
  • Analysis automation
  • DevOps and IT operations monitoring and management
  • Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), OpenTracing, and Fluentd integration

Cloud Marketplace

Oracle’s Cloud Marketplace is a fully integrated online store that can be used to sell a wide range of business apps and professionals in IT and tech services. The marketplace offers a large collection of apps that are approved and by registered Oracle partners and developers.

  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Customer service
  • Social media management
  • Talent management

The apps can be easily added as plug-ins. Not to mention, Oracle offers consulting and implementation services to help with integration and training to transition and resume operations.

Oracle [email protected]

Oracle Cloud’s [email protected] is their complete cloud portfolio, including:

  • Oracle Cloud infrastructure
  • Fully managed cloud services

The goal is to allow customers to run apps and software faster and at lower costs. The platform supports data sovereignty, security, and governance in addition to completely autonomous data management.

Oracle Cloud for Government

Oracle Cloud offers infrastructure and solutions for the public sector. The cloud allows government offices to manage various parts of their IT sections at a fraction of the cost, guard data regarding citizen and national security, and deliver smart solutions for local residents.

  • Better manage local and national health care systems
  • Support higher education institutions
  • Run smarter cities with reliable infrastructure

Oracle Partnerships

Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) is a partnership program for organizations that allows them to access and leverage Oracle Cloud infrastructure resources. 

The goal is to harness client benefits and add value for resellers, independent software vendors, and smart tech providers.

Oracle Cloud Use Case

Oracle Cloud has been helping organizations worldwide maximize productivity, increase efficiency, and drive revenue with their cloud solutions. 

For example, one of their clients is the North American hospitality company Spruce Peak.

They adopted Oracle MICROS Simphony POS and used the Oracle Marketplace app when their lodge was losing revenue due to a lack of visitors. 

With Oracle Cloud, they were able to more than double orders from 40 to 80 and 100 orders a night and recover from three months of little-to-no activity.

Oracle Cloud User Reviews

Oracle Cloud continues to be one of the highest-rated global cloud providers by users at third-party review sites.

Gartner Peer Insights: 8.5 out of 10

TrustRadius: 4.3 out of 5

Overall, users praise Oracle’s user-friendly and intuitive user interface (UI) and the countless integration options available to them. A few share downsides such as cost and the less-than-ideal representation and services in some regions of the globe.

Industry Recognition

In the 2020 “Industry CloudPath” report, Oracle Cloud’s infrastructure as a service, or Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, received the highest user satisfaction score.

The report also says 86% of the 935 survey participants said that they’re likely to increase their Oracle Cloud Infrastructure spending in the future.

Oracle Cloud in the Market

Oracle Cloud holds around 2% of the cloud market, as they mainly serve a niche audience when compared to more mainstream competitors, such as AWS, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure.

With over 60 highly rated cloud offerings, Oracle is dedicated to the cloud market, which is estimated to reach $150 billion in 2021.

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