The Cloud concept has become an integral component of many IT solutions worldwide. Most enterprises consider it as a standard part of their architecture and solutions when addressing specific business requirements. Usually, companies start their cloud adventure with a single provider of their choice (e.g., Microsoft, Oracle, Google, Amazon). But as business needs become more complex, more attempts are made to use specific features to optimize costs. And the use of a single platform may not be an optimal approach.
For these reasons, organizations have started to leverage the services and technologies of various Cloud providers and aim to use the best features of each of them. According to a recent Gartner study, around 81% of public Cloud users use two or more Cloud providers. This leads us directly into the Multicloud world with some of the Cloud providers already on board.
Below and in our next article, we will present how Oracle and Microsoft integrate both Cloud environments, using the InterConnect capability.
The Oracle and Microsoft Alliance
In 2019, Microsoft and Oracle signed a strategic partnership. It allowed to establish strong cooperation in the Cloud area with the goal to provide the best capabilities of their individual Cloud offerings. Oracle is known for its superior databases, and Microsoft has the strongly adopted and well recognized self-service BI tool, Power BI.
What does this alliance offer?
Fast integration and connection of Microsoft Azure with Oracle Cloud services through InterConnect.
Unified identity and access management via single sign-on.
Collaborative support, allowing to escalate issues without distinction between Oracle or Microsoft.
InterConnect is a physical, optical fiber connection between the Microsoft and Oracle regional data centres, that allows fast connection and data exchange between the Oracle Cloud and Microsoft Azure components.
Currently, this feature is available in the following locations: Ashburn, London, Amsterdam, Toronto, Tokyo, San Jose. It is planned to be deployed soon in: US West, Asia, and Europe regions.
Multicloud Ecosystem – Business Scenarios
Businesses turn to Multicloud Ecosystem solutions for many reasons, including: the need to use the best features of each of the Cloud providers, improving performance, avoiding implications of vendor lock-in, securing compliance, balancing risk, migrations from one environment to another, cost optimization, and more.
Here are five specific, most common business scenarios where the Multicloud ecosystem could be used:
4. Dividing migration processes between the Clouds into stages, with the first step – as migrating the front-end into the target Cloud environment (backend kept in the currently used Cloud); and the second step – covering the move of the backend to the target Cloud solution.
5. Utilizing the second Cloud provider as a backup container for the first one, e.g., storing Oracle database backups in Microsoft Azure Blob Storage.
Clearly, the integration of Oracle and Azure allows for numerous potential use cases. In fact, the only limit here can be one’s imagination. In our next article, we will look closer at the features and implementations of InterConnect.
Lingaro closely cooperates with Microsoft and Oracle as a technology partner to leverage our own competencies and experiences to deliver seamless Multicloud solutions.