Oracle has enunciated a vision for its storage cloud that focuses on lower cost basic storage along with advanced management that can bridge on premise and the Oracle public cloud. It includes automated backup to the Oracle Storage Cloud and full support for object storage of multiple unstructured data types.
The cloud-based backup is to an active Oracle database that can support analysis and other uses. Wikibon’s research on the Oracle Storage Cloud does not yet include interviews with Wikibon community members, writes Wikibon Big Data Analyst Brian Gracely. So exactly how much of the vision is realized in the Oracle cloud today remains undetermined. But, given the level of investment Oracle makes in research and development, Gracely expressed confidence that it will realize its vision.
Gracely described that vision as a unique perspective on reaching many of the goals that Wikibon has defined for next-generation storage based on the changing realities of the storage market. Oracle’s vision encompasses several quasi-independent services, built on a foundation of Oracle arrays, appliances and engineered systems, that can be deployed either on premise or in the cloud. They include Oracle database backup, object storage and archive storage, all of which are offered as-a-service in the Oracle cloud. These make up the foundation of other Oracle cloud services including the Oracle platform-as-a-service, which integrates the database backup, along with multiple Oracle cloud software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications.
Oracle wants to shift customer focus from storage cost management – cost per gigabyte – to data management. This lines up with Wikibon’s argument that with the collapse of storage pricing, particularly on the major cloud platforms, vendors have to refocus on providing advanced services to realize market differentiation. This is exactly what Oracle is doing with its advanced management tools based on Oracle Enterprise Manager, RMAN and OpenStack-compliant APIs.
In addition, the integrated replication capabilities of the Oracle Storage Cloud support granular multi-site replication, allowing organizations to place data where it best meets business requirements while meeting compliance and security requirements. RMAN integration allows Oracle customers to manage backup, cloning, data migration and data encryption across multiple private and public cloud environments, simplifying operations and reducing costs for application and storage teams.
Oracle’s partnership with mega-datacenter operator Equinix, Inc., brings a direct high-speed network connection between the Equinix Cloud Exchange and Oracle public cloud to support movement of large volumes of data. Oracle also can provide a NAS or ZFS Appliance on the customer’s premises to be loaded with data and shipped to the Oracle public cloud. In the future it will accept hard drives directly from customers as another way to move large volumes of data.
The Oracle public and storage clouds are excellent foundations for Oracle customers who want to build a hybrid cloud architecture, Gracely writes. Oracle customers should evaluate the maturity and applicability of the Oracle storage cloud and determine what skills their applications and operations teams will need to get maximum value from Oracle’s cloud offerings.