Navigating Oracle’s Managed Cloud: 5 Essential Insights

Oracle's Managed Cloud

Migrating business systems to the Cloud unlocks efficiency but also brings daunting complexity. Cloud providers like Oracle Managed Cloud Services offer managed services where they configure, patch, tune, and run customer Cloud environments. However, organizations have many questions around relinquishing control. Here are 5 indispensable things companies should know about Oracle’s Managed Cloud Services:

1.      Alignment with Company’s Cloud Strategy

Rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach, Oracle consultants discuss business objectives, pain points and technology ambitions to craft customized Cloud adoption plans for each customer. For companies just initiating Cloud migration, Oracle offers structured plans to incrementally shift legacy workloads while maintaining continuity. Once basic migration is complete, opportunities to optimize and modernize architectures for scalability, resilience and efficiency get explored.

For organizations running complex on-premise and multi-cloud environments, Oracle’s Cloud experts design optimal connectivity across sites, leverage existing investments optimally while infusing next-gen innovations exactly where most impactful. Companies keen on building competitive differentiation through emerging technologies get access to Oracle’s extensive portfolio of advanced Cloud services including AI, IoT, blockchain, analytics and automation. Oracle provides tailored roadmaps to activate and integrate sophisticated Cloud capabilities based on enterprise priorities.

2.      Infrastructure Provisioning and Management

Oracle’s Managed Cloud Services relieves the substantial burden of procuring, configuring, and continuously administering infrastructure that underpins enterprise Cloud environments. During initial migration to Oracle’s integrated IaaS and PaaS platform, Oracle engineers collaborate closely to understand application architectures, performance profiles, availability needs and growth projections to design a tailored, optimized Cloud foundation.

Factors like appropriate server shapes for host applications, ideal storage volumes and backup policies, network topology for security policies are configured keeping compliance and costs in mind. Once the environment goes live, a remote infrastructure management team continually monitors resource usage, adjusts capacity to meet changing demands, applies the latest security patches and platform upgrades while providing 24×7 incident resolution when issues arise.

3.      Security and Compliance Guardrails

Data protection concerns prevent many risk-averse companies from considering Cloud. Oracle assures comprehensive security adherence and takes liability for any lapses through SLAs. Controls range from intrusion detection to data encryption to identity management.

Industry-specific compliance needs around data sovereignty, privacy and regulation are addressed through Oracle’s isolated Cloud architecture. Audits establish proof of compliance for prerequisites.

4.      Hands-off Application Management

Beyond infrastructure, fully managed application services entail Oracle installing, upgrading and troubleshooting issues with packaged Oracle applications like ERP, HCM or CX suites. Environments stay optimized through configuration reviews and proactive monitoring.

Oracle owns uptime assurances and SLA commitments for availability. Companies get billed based on usage rather than owning software licenses or infrastructure. Such models grant financial flexibility.

5.      Strategic Guidance and Governance

While Oracle handles Cloud plumbing and daily upkeep, companies still retain technology direction and governance oversight through quarterly reviews. Oracle experts share industry perspectives and provide architectural guidance geared to business priorities like improved customer experience or supply chain efficiency.

Executive dashboards into capacity usage, budgets and compliance status enable data-driven decisions on optimizing Cloud ROI while controlling risks – all sans operational burden.


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