Oracle cloud architecture push spawns new tools, issues for users

Last updated:September 2016

Editor's note

The era of the Oracle cloud began when Oracle introduced its first cloud computing initiative in 2010. Since then, Oracle has made an about-face on former CEO and now CTO Larry Ellison's initial dismissal of the cloud as a passing fad. These days, Oracle is working to redefine itself as a cloud-first company, investing heavily in cloud technologies and steadily releasing new cloud services and applications while continuing to build out the Oracle cloud architecture.

With Oracle's cloud strategy solidifying over the past couple of years, the company increasingly is looking to take on cloud market leaders like Amazon Web Services (AWS). But just because Oracle has gone all-in on cloud doesn't mean that its customers are all ready for the cloud as well. While some Oracle users have willingly migrated to the Oracle cloud or deployed hybrid cloud environments, others still have both feet firmly on the IT ground while they look to learn more about the potential benefits and challenges of cloud systems.

This guide covers Oracle's recent cloud journey, compiling a variety of content looking at the evolution of the Oracle cloud architecture and how the ongoing shift to the cloud is affecting users.

1Oracle's cloud offerings proliferate as push broadens

Oracle has released a large number of different products and services for the cloud, including infrastructure, platform and software as a service options. It also has developed new versions of existing products designed to interface well with cloud systems and provide tools for database administrators to use in managing Oracle databases in the cloud. In this section, you'll find stories on different technologies offered as part of the Oracle cloud architecture.

2Oracle cloud deployments as seen through the eyes of users

Oracle may be pushing to get its customers into the cloud, but exploring the Oracle cloud architecture isn't always an exciting prospect for users. Those who do decide to migrate to the cloud do so for different reasons. For example, some organizations are interested in building products of their own around the cloud, while others are simply looking to save money. Regardless of what's driving a cloud migration, it's important to have a plan and know what to expect. This section focuses on user deployments and offers tips on how to manage them effectively.