Oracle advises: 4 paradigm shifts to tap cloud benefits
By Carol Ko 17-Jan-2012
Oracle’s two key cloud computing offerings made in 2011 were the Oracle Public Cloud and a cloud service management console Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c which manages the complete cloud lifecycle, all cloud services (Platform-as-a-Service including Database-as-a-Service and AppServer-as-a-Service; Infrastructure-as-a-Service), all components of the cloud stack, and the applications running in the cloud.
“In 2011, we have seen great customer traction in adopting Oracle hardware and software solutions for private and public cloud deployments,” said Albert Tay (pictured), director of Fusion Middleware, Oracle Asia Pacific. He notes that Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Credit Suisse and National Australia Bank were some of the company’s successful cloud services deployments in the financial services sector.
In an interview with Asia Cloud Forum, Tay gives details about these cloud deployments. In his other role as chairman of Singapore SiTF (Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation) Cloud Computing, Tay discusses the common pitfalls in enterprise cloud computing strategy, upcoming cloud trends, and the four "paradigm shifts" to tap the full benefits of cloud computing. Excerpts below:
Asia Cloud Forum: Describe one of your company’s most successful customer deployments of cloud service in 2011.
"Cloud computing is not strictly data center architecture."
-- Albert Tay, director, Fusion Middleware, Oracle APAC
Albert Tay: Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) adopted Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) to consolidate its 300 databases onto an Oracle Exadata platform for improved performance and resilience and faster time-to-market. The Oracle PaaS platform delivers more than 50% of operating cost improvements and part of the savings comes from higher utilization rates from 15% to 80% per server under the multi-tenant architecture.
As an effort to break free from its legacy infrastructure, National Australia Bank (NAB) deployed a private cloud based on Oracle Enterprise Linux and Oracle’s virtualization platform for Infrastructure-as-a-Service. Above that, the bank implemented Oracle Database, Oracle Real Application Clusters and Oracle Business Intelligence to provide ‘database-as-a-service’ and Oracle WebLogic to deliver shared Java application platform.
In 2011, two leading telco service providers -- AAPT in Australia and ePLDT in the Philippines have announced their collaboration with Oracle to provide enterprises and medium-sized companies with cloud-based business solutions. Both telco service providers’ IT infrastructure is powered by Oracle’s integrated stack of software and hardware, which delivers the performance, reliability and security for the enterprise customers that choose to operate their business in the cloud.
How will you help IT/CIOs establish their business case for cloud computing/services deployment to their senior management?
Tay: Cloud computing is a reality. It promises to deliver a number of very significant benefits that deliver value to both IT organizations as well as the lines of business. Many of our customers are already realizing these benefits which include lower data center costs, significantly reduced environmental impact, and the ability to capture more of the opportunities that markets present through increased agility in resource deployment, and dramatically reduced time to market.
Although some see cloud computing as an IT fad, many organizations are considering changing the way they do business to leverage computing, storage, and infrastructure services provided by cloud vendors. The main benefits to achieve are lower computing costs and faster deployment. The movement of applications and data to the cloud has accelerated due to readily apparent economies of scale and new consumption models.