Why should my business consider private and direct connections to Oracle Cloud?
By Alex Hawkes|10 May, 2021
Why businesses choose Oracle Cloud
Like all the main cloud providers, Oracle Cloud offers Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) as well as a range of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Oracle puts its infrastructure-focused products under the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) banner, along with a bare metal offering that combines the elasticity and utility of the public cloud with the granular control, security and predictability of on-premises infrastructure.
On a similarly granular level, catering more to applications for banking, payments
processing, and risk management services, Oracle offers a flavour of IaaS that delivers high-performance computing power to run cloud native and enterprise IT workloads with real-time elasticity for applications by combining Oracle's autonomous services, integrated security, and serverless compute.
This specific IaaS infrastructure is available either in the public cloud or on-premises through its Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer offering that sits behind a company’s private firewall and in their data centre.
Through this model, Oracle Cloud delivers strong support for businesses pursuing hybrid cloud architectures, with full support for VMware environments and applications that may not be cloud-ready for some considerable time.
One of Oracle’s key differentiators on the software side however is its well established user base of Oracle enterprise applications customers which it can target with SaaS offerings under its Oracle Cloud Applications portfolio.
Oracle’s SaaS suite includes a range of specialist applications for use cases including Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Supply Chain & Manufacturing (SCM), and Human Capital Management (HCM), all branded as part of Oracle Fusion Cloud, to marketing and sales tools labelled as Oracle Advertising and Customer Experience (CX).
In many ways, Oracle has a similar proposition and history to Microsoft. In 2019, Microsoft and Oracle announced a partnership to ease interoperability across their respective cloud services, enabling customers to migrate and run the same enterprise workloads across both Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud.
The collaboration allows customers to connect Azure services, such as Analytics and AI, to Oracle Cloud services, including Autonomous Database. This is achieved via high-speed dedicated links between the data centres, essentially allowing organisations to run one part of a workload within Azure and another part of the same workload within the Oracle Cloud.
At the time, Don Johnson, executive vice-president, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, said that customers of both providers would benefit from being able to migrate their entire set of existing applications to the cloud without having to re-architect anything, “preserving the large investments they have already made.”
In the years since, the two companies have made periodic investments strengthening their collaboration.
In late 2023, Microsoft and Oracle updated their low latency, high throughput cross-cloud connectivity, enabling customers to take advantage of the best of both clouds by partitioning a multi-tier application to run the database tier on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, and the application and other tiers on Microsoft Azure, delivering an experience similar to running the entire solution stack in a single cloud.
This means organisations could run middleware, including WebLogic Server, on Azure infrastructure, but have the Oracle database running on Oracle Cloud.
Furthermore, driven by the boom in generative AI and businesses facing a new urgency to bring cloud services like analytics and machine learning to the cloud, Azure has become the only cloud provider other than Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to host Oracle services, including Oracle Exadata Database Service and Oracle Autonomous Database on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure in Azure datacentres.
The Oracle Database@Azure offering brings Oracle Database services inside Azure, effectively migrating Oracle databases “as is” and deploying them in Azure alongside a company’s current workloads in the Microsoft Cloud.
Oracle well understands that requirements around data sovereignty, security, latency, and re-deployment of legacy applications have prevented universal adoption of public cloud for many mission-critical applications.
This is why, according to the company, Oracle Cloud’s hybrid and edge offerings address customer requirements for specialised deployment, disconnected and intermittently-connected operation, low latency and high performance, as well as industries concerned with data sovereignty, such as the heavily regulated financial services and insurance sectors.
One of the company’s flagship clients is Zoom, which has seen demand for video conferencing skyrocket during the pandemic. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure initially supported hundreds of thousands of concurrent Zoom meeting participants, scaling to millions within weeks.
Already, Zoom is transferring upwards of seven petabytes through Oracle Cloud Infrastructure servers each day, roughly the same capacity needed to stream HD video for 93 years.
In April 2023, Oracle and Zoom expanded their collaboration to deliver faster, easier, and more effective telehealth services. By co-servicing telehealth capabilities, Oracle and Zoom enable health providers around the world to join virtual patient appointments more quickly and easily with the relevant patient electronic health record (EHR) at their fingertips. Interconnect is essential to businesses of this nature.
What is Oracle Cloud interconnect?
In Oracle’s specific cloud lexicon describing interconnect, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect provides an easy, elastic and economical way to create a dedicated and private connection to your cloud instance, with higher bandwidth options and a more reliable and consistent networking experience.
FastConnect is particularly useful for enterprises that have latency-sensitive applications, such as:
- Applications with relational database back-ends.
- Applications engaging in big data and high performance computing where large amounts of data need to be transferred, such as when running batch jobs or analysing real-time queries.
- Applications with sensitive data that cannot traverse the public internet.
- Migration activities that might involve large data transfers and short-time windows.
In these cases, FastConnect can also be more economical when it comes to the egress charges for large amounts of data.
Oracle Cloud offers services from 46 public cloud regions in 23 countries, and Oracle is building out more new regions to offer proximity and meet data sovereignty requirements, as well as provide true disaster recovery with multiple geographically distributed cloud regions in every country.
Advantages of using private connections to Oracle Cloud
You can use Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect via Console Connect to create private connections between Oracle Cloud data centres and infrastructure on your premises or in a colocation environment. FastConnect connections don’t send traffic over the public internet, so they offer more reliability, faster speeds and lower latencies than typical internet connections.
In some cases, using FastConnect connections to transfer data between on-premises systems and Oracle Cloud can give significant cost benefits by reducing egress charges for moving data out of the cloud. Typically the cost of moving data into the cloud is close to zero.
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect is compatible with all Oracle services accessible over the internet, and is available in speeds starting at 50Mbps and scaling up to 100Gbps.
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect Partners such as Console Connect can set up and tear down dedicated connections directly and in near real-time, from a single native interface or via the API. Through a single management portal, you can build and scale your connectivity to Oracle Cloud in real-time and on-demand.
More than 900 data centres worldwide are now Console Connect Enabled ensuring reliability and performance with flexible port capacities up to 10G also available in select data centres. Dedicated connectivity also gives you much more flexibility, with multiple connection speeds and delivery options available in order to support a wide range of scenarios.
You can currently use Console Connect to directly access Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect instances in multiple regions around the world.
How to connect to Oracle Cloud using Console Connect
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect provides an easy, elastic and economical way to create a dedicated and private connection with higher bandwidth options and a more reliable and consistent networking experience.
Console Connect’s intuitive process enables you to easily create a FastConnect circuit and provision redundant L2 connections, or use Layer 3 CloudRouter® to dynamically route traffic between devices, office locations, applications and clouds.
Console Connect allows you to create high quality connectivity to Oracle Cloud in a way that matches the flexible nature of the cloud:
- Reduce complexity: A self-service portal with an intuitive UI or API connectivity that can help manage your Oracle Cloud Interconnect access 24/7 from anywhere in the world.
- Greater flexibility: No more long lead times and restrictive contracts. Connect from 1 day to 3 years and only pay for what you need. Dial your cloud connection bandwidth up and down as required to match your Oracle Cloud workload.
- Improve performance: Private connectivity to Oracle Cloud that bypasses the public internet, providing a better user experience and improves efficiency and performance. Port capacities up to 10G are also available in select data centres.
- Experience services on-demand: Truly automated, multi-cloud business connectivity platform that combines software and network architectures. Fast and secure direct connectivity to your Oracle Cloud as and when you need it.
- API-enabled network: Enables integration with your own or your partner’s existing ecosystems and infrastructures.
- Global reach: Leverage a leading global MPLS network and a ecosystem of SaaS
providers, cloud providers and a community of network specialists.
- Visibility & monitoring: Easily monitor your Oracle Cloud Interconnect connection performance. View bandwidth allocation and utilisation.
- Uptime of 99.999: Ensure your business critical applications stay running regardless of public internet performance.