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Adapting To A Rapidly Evolving Digital Landscape

Author : Sriram Rajan, VP-Cloud Platform, Oracle India
Friday, February 12, 2021

Sriram Rajan, VP-Cloud Platform, Oracle India

Security has been a major concern for businesses while adopting cloud. How do you see the measures being taken by cloud solution providers to ensure a secure compute environment? What more do you think needs to be done in this area?
In the digital economy, cloud has proven to be an innovation catalyst and a great business enabler. A majority of IT leaders acknowledge that some public clouds are more secure than their traditional on-premise IT setups. But, given the compelling need for organizations to transform into digitalfirst businesses, we’re seeing a rise in the number of hybrid and multi-cloud environments. This further adds to the complexity, necessitating the need for an organization-wide, security-first mindset.

In order to improve the overall security fabric of their organization, businesses must focus beyond just leveraging the foundational building blocks of security, and instead institute a layered defense model of overlapping controls that covers the complete technology setup. The first step is to make the right cloud choice. A modern, enterprise-grade cloud with superior security and extreme performance capabilities, such as Oracle Gen 2 Cloud can empower you with a robust data management and security platform, combining the best of human and machine capabilities.

When it comes to IaaS, optimization has been a major concern for businesses and SDN has proved to be useful in this regard. However, there are challenges like vendor lock-in that remain unaddressed. How do you see the evolution of IaaS and what will it be like in the near future?
Making the right cloud choice is the key. An open cloud can help support your business at the right time, in the right manner. For instance, if you look at Oracle Cloud, it supports what our customers run, thereby helping you avoid the requirement of rebuilding for a proprietary platform. From Oracle software to third party options, open source to your own custom applications, customers can run what they choose without modifications, tradeoffs or lock-in.

As an organization, Oracle is committed to open source. We’re a platinum member of the Cloud native Computing Foundation (CNCF). We embrace interoperable standards, including Kubernetes, Terraform, Helm etc and we’ve built SDKs for customers to use both in hybrid environments as well as across multiple clouds.

While Open Source PaaS offers flexibility, it compels enterprises to relinquish the benefits of tight platform integration. What would be your suggestion to businesses facing the dilemma of choosing between open source and proprietary PaaS?
For enterprises, predictable and consistent performance that ensures business continuity is one of the most important production workload requirements. As cloud usage expands, configurations in both production and development drift from standards and vulnerabilities emerge. Enterprise PaaS provides comprehensive and consistent logging and audit tools. All developers are challenged to increase productivity and quality. Yet, as enterprise organizations scale and innovate, development processes falter due to assemble-it-yourself continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) environments. Enterprise PaaS development needs to rely on prebuilt yet open integrated development environments.

“We embrace interoperable standards, including Kubernetes, Terraform, Helm etc and we’ve built SDKs for customers to use both in hybrid environments as well as across multiple clouds”

The digital age has only increased the demand for PaaS. As the middleware layer grows more complex, the business demands application delivery at an ever-faster pace.

We’ve architected our cloud platform around these very aspects. Oracle’s cloud native services bring innovation to market faster to transform enterprises. These managed services are based on open source and standards for portability of workloads and interoperability with third-party software. Further, Oracle’s DevOps portfolio simplifies deployment and maintenance through built-in infrastructure automation and management. Moreover, Oracle Low Code solutions can help you to create enterprise applications 20x faster with 100x less code.

Industry is witnessing a spurt in the demand for cloud-based services during the present circumstances. What kind of enhancements do the cloud service providers need to make to keep up with the changing dynamics?
For decades, Oracle has been in the business of managing mission-critical workloads, powering businesses and industries around the world. So during these challenging times, our primary focus is to make it possible for our customers to continue running their operations and help them quickly respond to the unique demands they may be facing. Another key focus area is to help them enhance their digital infrastructure to serve customers remotely, while enabling employees to work from home. Additionally, we are empowering our employees with necessary resources and support, so we can serve customers when they need us the most, while also staying safe.

Our customers are in the midst of adapting to a rapidly evolving digital landscape, and some of the ways in which Oracle is helping customers adapt to the new normal include:
• Free access to online learning content and certifications: For a broad array of users for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Oracle Autonomous Database, as well as content related to topics such as data science, machine learning, and multi-cloud environments such as integration with Microsoft Azure. Quick and easy access to more than 50 hours of online training and 6 certification exams via Oracle University.

• Free HR tool to help customers keep their employees safe: Free access to our Workforce Health and Safety solution to current Oracle Human Capital Management Cloud customers. Our Workforce Health and Safety module helps automate reporting of workplace incidents both now and in the future, as we adapt to heightened health and safety concerns

• Free Oracle Cloud Infrastructure: credits for startups part of our ‘Oracle for Startups’ program

• Oracle has built and donated to the US government: A COVID-19 Therapeutic Learning System that allows physicians and patients to record the effectiveness of promising COVID-19 drug therapies