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Oracle On-Premise IaaS Eases Budget Worries

Tom Jowitt is a leading British tech freelance and long standing contributor to TechWeek Europe

Oracle has expanded its IaaS capabilities with an onsite system that comes with no upfront costs

Oracle is to offer a set of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) systems that companies can run in-house, for a monthly fee.

And even more importantly for those enterprises that are nervously eyeing their IT budgets, there will be no upfront capital expenditure with the Oracle system.

Internal Flexibility

The Oracle move comes amid the growing commodisation and increasing ease-of use of public cloud services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS). By contrast, ‘Oracle Infrastructure as a Service (Oracle IaaS) with Capacity on Demand‘ is designed to appeal to those want their own internal cloud systems.

Because a lot of organisations remain wary about potentially exposing their corporate data to the public cloud, for regulatory, security and compliance reasons, Oracle’s Infrastructure as a Service system is designed to deploy Oracle engineered systems on customer’s own premises, or within their own data centres.

“Oracle IaaS enables organisations to deploy fully integrated Engineered Systems, including Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle SPARC SuperCluster, Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine and Oracle Sun ZFS Storage Appliance in their data centres behind their firewall – all for a simple monthly fee,” said the company.

Organisations can retain complete control over their on premise, private cloud, says Oracle. Or they can add Oracle Managed Cloud Services, for fully managed public cloud and application services.

Capacity can be added as and when required, using Oracle’s ‘Elastic Compute Capacity on Demand’ option, that allows organisations to add to scale CPU capacity up or down, only paying for additional CPU power during the calender months when it is used.

Financial Appeal

Oracle is hoping that the appeal of Oracle IaaS will prove tempting in these cash strapped times, where IT budgets are facing the dual pressures of being squeezed, yet at the same time being asked to do more with less.

By paying a monthly fee, there is no impact on cash flow or accounting issues by deploying these Oracle Engineered Systems. And Oracle says that any hardware and support obtained through Oracle IaaS for Oracle Exadata, Oracle Exalogic, Oracle Exalytics, and SPARC SuperCluster will cost up to 20 percent less over a 3 year period than through a traditional purchase.

“For the first time, customers can get the unmatched performance, scalability and reliability of Oracle Engineered Systems deployed on premise, behind their firewall, for a monthly fee,” said Juan Loaiza, senior vice president, Oracle Software Development.

“Oracle Infrastructure as a Service with elastic compute Capacity on Demand makes it possible for customers to use, and pay for peak processing power only when they need it, and get the highest level of support with the new Oracle PlatinumPlus Services.”

In May last year, the Global Cloud Adoption survey revealed that one third of firms’ IT budget was spent on cloud computing – in particular on virtualisation leading to the emergence of internal private clouds.

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