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Oracle Offers Virtual Private Cloud Option for Data Centers

March 30, 2016

Oracle just made it easy for businesses to run virtual private clouds within the data center. Last week, Oracle announced a new set of tools that let enterprises run a virtual cloud system inside a proprietary Oracle server.

Oracle Cloud at Customer, as the new virtualization product offering is called, runs on the company’s new physical server, the Oracle Cloud Machine. The Oracle Cloud Machine runs on Intel X5 processors and comes with storage capacities of 2TB, 4TB or 7.5TB. The servers have solid-state storage, network-attached storage if needed and 10GB Cisco Systems switching.

What makes a Cloud Machine nifty is that it runs the same APIs that are used on the Oracle public cloud. That means that the new servers can run what amounts to a virtual private cloud within the data center. Because the same APIs are used, all-Oracle businesses can switch back and forth among fully local virtual private cloud infrastructure and fully managed Oracle infrastructure.

The upsides of this are many. Enterprise customers can use this versatility for disaster recovery, elastic bursting, dev and testing, lift-and-shift workload migration, and other uses such as a single API and scripting tool kit for DevOps.

While it is a shame that Oracle’s virtualized private cloud solution only works on Oracle physical hardware, the ability to basically create a second copy of a company’s managed cloud infrastructure and move it on-premise makes you almost forget about the limitation of having to use Oracle hardware to support it.

It also is forgivable in the face of declining sales of Oracle physical servers. Virtualization has been the way of things for a good long while, and Oracle physical hardware obviously will be seeing continued reductions in volume as more and more of the server landscape is virtualized. Oracle is throwing enterprises a bone with this flexible virtual private cloud option, but if it is giving away part of its managed cloud for on-premise use, it at least wants the hardware that runs it to be of the Oracle family.

Fair enough. Being able to take the managed cloud and duplicate it in a private virtual cloud environment is worth that tradeoff. At least, that’s what Oracle is banking on. 

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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