Oracle Cloud – The innovation and challenges faced today
This word cloud is always a big topic of any IT conference these days, and is undoubtedly one of the most used “buzz words” in the high tech IT industry. As per Wiki : It’s a synonym for distributed computing over a network, and means the ability to run a program or application on many connected computers at the same time which may be mostly virtual. Whereas what Oracle hopes to offer as Oracle Cloud is a broad set of industry-standards based on integrated services that provide customers with subscription-based access to Oracle Platform Services, Application Services and Social Services, all completely managed, hosted and supported by Oracle. Oracle as always wants to be the most comprehensive solution provider on the planet and when it comes to cloud, it is no different. So, there arrives Oracle Cloud; it provides immediate access to the latest technologies essential for any enterprise (small / medium / large scales). Oracle seems to have invested nearly 7 years and billions of dollars in engineering and strategic acquisitions to provide us with the world's most comprehensive portfolio of enterprise-grade cloud services. Oracle offers a broad portfolio of hardware / software products and services that enable public, private, and hybrid clouds, so we can choose the right approach for our business. Oracle aims to be a major cloud vendor at every level of the stack; from the infrastructure level up to PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) and SaaS (Software-as-a-Service). The Oracle service portfolio consists of:
- Application Services
- ERP Services: A complete set of Financial Accounting, Project Management, Procurement, Sourcing, and Governance, Risk & Compliance solutions.
- HCM Services: A complete Human Capital Management solution including Global HR, Workforce Lifecycle Management, Compensation, Benefits, Payroll and other solutions.
- Talent Management Services: A complete Talent Management solution including Recruiting, Sourcing, Performance Management, and Learning.
- Sales and Marketing Services: A complete Sales and Marketing solution including Sales Planning, Territory Management, Leads & Opportunity Management, and Forecasting.
- Customer Service and Support Services: A complete Customer Service solution including Web Self-Service, Contact Centres, Knowledge Management, Chat, and e-mail Management.
- Platform Services
- Database Services to manage data and build database applications
- Java Services to develop, deploy and manage Java EE applications
- Web Scripting Services to build Web applications rapidly
- Mobile Services to allow developers to build cross-platform native and HTML5 mobile applications for leading smartphones and tablets.
- Documents Services to allow project teams to collaborate and share documents through online workspaces and portals.
- Sites Services to allow business users to develop and maintain visually engaging .com sites.
- Analytics Services to allow business users to quickly build and share analytic dashboards and reports through the Cloud.
- Social Services
- Oracle Social Network to enable secure enterprise collaboration and purposeful social networking for business.
- Oracle Social Data Services to aggregate data from social networks and enterprise data sources to enrich business applications.
- Oracle Social Marketing and Engagement Services to enable marketers to centrally create, publish, moderate, manage, measure and report on their social marketing campaigns.
- Oracle Social Intelligence Services to enable marketers to analyse social media interactions and to enable customer service and sales teams to engage with customers and prospects effectively.
- Data Privacy: With public / community / private clouds, data will not always remain in the same system or sub system as the data may be moved to other networks or data storages that may not be directly accessible by us that could have multiple legal consequences.
- Data Control: Data can be coming into the system / cloud infrastructure in a number of ways with some data belonging to others as interconnecting clients. This could give the cloud Enterprise Administrator limited control and accountability within an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) implementation, and even less with a Platform as a Service (PaaS) one. Enterprises need to have confidence that their Cloud provider will offer appropriate control, while recognising the need to adapt their expectations for how much control is reasonable within these models.
- New Risks and Vulnerabilities: There is a major concern that cloud computing brings new classes of risks and vulnerabilities. This can be treated as hypothetical but we need to accept that all software, hardware and networking equipment are subject to unearthing new vulnerabilities. By being proactive and applying multiple layered security at the network, machine, application, inter-system levels and well-conceived operational processes, we can protect our cloud from common attacks, even if some of its internal components are inherently vulnerable.
- Legal and Regulatory Compliance: It may be difficult or unrealistic for some enterprises to use public clouds if data is subject to legal restrictions or regulatory compliance to regional or purposed networked infrastructures. Achieving such certification may be challenging due to many non-technical factors, including the current state of cloud knowledge. As best practices for cloud computing we need to insure that we encompass greater scope in such implementations.
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