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4 Reasons Oracle is Returning as a Big Player in the Cloud Space

Reasons Oracle a Big Cloud Player
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Published on November 22, 2022

According to Forbes Magazine, Oracle is the third largest IT organization in the world. So, it’s unsurprising that they’re making a splash in cloud infrastructure. However, there is a reason Oracle is a successful company — they create reliable and scalable hardware, especially regarding databases.

While AWS, Google Cloud, and Azure hold the majority of the market share, Oracle is a big player in the cloud market for several reasons: data storage and retrieval within the cloud. Naturally, Oracle will play to its strength as a database host and provider. 

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1. Ease of Migration

One of the most intimidating aspects of moving to the cloud is migrating critical enterprise workloads. For example, moving terabytes of their customer's sensitive data to a cloud platform creates risk. That data can be altered, deleted, or even stolen in transit. Luckily, these risks can be mitigated by becoming an Oracle Database SQL Certified Associate.

Oracle Cloud is known for making this high-risk maneuver as painless as possible, especially if the customer already has an Oracle Database. So, if the customer already has Oracle solutions on-premise, moving your data onto the OCI (Oracle Cloud Infrastructure) will probably be less expensive than its competitors.

Once your data is safely located on OCI, your performance-sensitive data will run excellently on Oracle's architecture, which scales up, as opposed to other cloud solutions that focus on scaling out. This means the workload is spread on one machine with stacked resources instead of multiple VMs with fewer resources. Once your data is on the OCI, you can use Oracle’s DBaaS.

2. Database as a Service

In addition to ease of migration, the customer can take advantage of Oracle’s DBaaS or Database as a Service. DBaaS is a complete database management solution provided by an organization with a sterling reputation in the field.

By utilizing DBaaS, your database administrator can focus on your customer’s data instead of replacing hardware or applying patches. OCI will take care of this sort of maintenance. Oracle’s vast market share is a testament to its database competency. OCI brings that competency and experience right to your organization’s doorstep.

Databases as a Service are a viable solution for any organization that needs to store data. But what if an organization needs a data warehouse? Oracle also has a competitive advantage here with its Autonomous Data Warehouse.

3. Autonomous Data Warehouse

Oracle’s Autonomous Data warehouse (ADW) is similar to AWS Snowflake as both are data warehouse solutions. However, Oracle’s ADW provides numerous self-managing capabilities that make it easy to set up, maintain, and secure data without needing a database expert.

For example, ADW automatically alters query complexity based on the query size. While that may sound complicated, Oracles queries—and databases in general—are no big secret. We have an entire course on queries, DBMs, and Oracle fundamentals.

In any case, ADW’s competitors require the organization to buy a fixed data warehouse size. ADW, on the other hand, is truly scalable. ADW also provides built-in machine learning, security, and analytical capabilities that will provide valuable feedback in a hand-off fashion. ADW also provides APEX, a low-code solution that utilizes JSON to create any solution required for that particular data warehouse, such as data visualization aids and data gathering solutions.

However, none of this would matter if the platform wasn’t secure. Let’s discuss why Oracle’s unique security model makes it a big cloud player.

4. Cloud Security Service

OCI provides numerous security measures to ensure the data stored on its cloud is safe and secure. For example, Oracle provides zero downtime OS patching for Linux. This will achieve requisite compliance, address known exploits, and be fully compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux. 

Additionally, Oracle handles certificate management by creating a private root certificate authority (CA). This provides automation of certificate deployment and also removes the need to pay for a certificate authority such as Digicert or Entrust. In the end, Oracle goes above and beyond the call of duty regarding security.

Final Thoughts

While Oracle may only hold a 2% market share in the cloud, they are serious about providing top-tier solutions to organizations. Oracle brings a vast amount of database experience to the table, which allows them to easily create a secure and reliable data warehouse, DBMSs, and migration tools. 

On top of all that, they are one of the largest organizations in the world and have plenty of capital to spend on this venture. So, it’s very likely we’ll be hearing more about Oracle Cloud in the future. 


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