Oracle is aiming to make it extremely easy to shift your VMware workloads to the Oracle Cloud. In addition, it will provide you the capability to choose where your data will reside. This is an important feature for organizations concerned about data sovereignty.
Oracle said it has built a new system that enables joint customers to move VMware-based computing workloads to its cloud without rewriting any code, making Oracle the latest public cloud vendor to partner with VMware. The service is expected to be available in the first half of 2020.
Hybrid Control will be a key feature; this will allow VCenter to manage both on-premises and Oracle Cloud resources. This hybrid management includes the vSphere hypervisor, NSX virtual network software, and vSAN virtual storage software on Oracle’s Cloud Infrastructure. It will also enable customers to run Oracle’s core services, including the Oracle Autonomous Database, Oracle Exadata Cloud Service, and Oracle Database Cloud on VMware’s infrastructure.
Source: Oracle Cloud at SoftwareReviews, Report Published January 2019
Oracle’s goal is to provide the most flexible options whatever versions of Oracle or VMware you are running. In addition, Oracle will provide technical support for its software running in VMware as well as several database versions in a hybrid model.
Be aware that this new partnership has not changed the Oracle licensing requirements for partitioning.
For existing customers heavily invested with Oracle running on VMware, it probably makes sense to run in the Oracle Cloud just from a control and management standpoint.
Make yourself familiar with Terraform to understand how to deploy your cloud resources and workloads with a DevOps approach.
You will soon be able to run Oracle where it makes sense and with the ease of your VMware infrastructure.
Available support for various Oracle and VMware versions running in a hybrid model could be a more compelling reason to consider Oracle Cloud.
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Google has announced a premium support plan for its cloud customers, promising a 15-minute response to the highest severity tickets. Google’s cloud has long struggled with enterprise customers – especially when compared to giants Microsoft and AWS – and this announcement is the latest incarnation of Google’s push to better serve a critical constituency.
In January, Microsoft announced what it’s calling “the largest expansion of its Canadian-based cloud computing infrastructure” since 2016. Additional availability zones and services will increase capacity for cloud-hungry Canadians, and the addition of an Azure ExpressRoute site in Vancouver will guarantee security and performance in a regulated jurisdiction.
Microsoft’s announcement that server-side encryption with customer managed keys for Azure Managed Disks is now available is welcome news for security-minded public cloud customers. Managing one’s own keys in a cloud environment can be an important step in complying with regulatory requirements, and this new feature should open Azure Managed Disks to a wider group of customers who may have held back for this reason.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has provided its customers with better options for Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) ingress routing. Customers will have to consider which works best for their needs.
AWS VPC Traffic Mirroring gives customers more visibility for out-of-band traffic inspection. This feature is another useful tool for monitoring in the AWS cloud.
Organizations have been running into capacity constraints on cloud infrastructure in regions with enforced social distancing due to COVID-19. Having a back-up plan will be critical to your business continuity plans.
Neo4j, a popular open source graph database, introduced a managed cloud service called Aura. Neo4j’s enterprise product is growing faster and allows it to support small and large customers without on-prem deployment and management of the graph database.