What should companies look for to create a complete enterprise cloud strategy?

What should companies look for to create a complete enterprise cloud strategy?

Speaking at the Oracle IDC Seminar at Rosebank South Africa last March, Marshall Choy, the Vice President of Systems Solutions in the Hardware Business Unit at Oracle Corporation outlined what companies need to consider in order to complete an enterprise cloud strategy.

‘One thing that is certain is that the future is full of uncertainty, what you then need as a company is a partnership with a vendor who can provide you with the greatest level of flexibility and choice as you address those uncertainties going forward,’ said Choy.

He pointed out that the major part of Oracle strategy is to engineer and develop products, technologies and solutions to enable its customers to be flexible with their infrastructure deployments to adapt to future changes that may happen in the technological landscape. Oracle positions itself to deal with whatever business problem that customers may face through constant investment into new technological solutions.

When choosing the right cloud strategy, customers may be guided by determining purposes of workloads in their IT. Hadir Mag of Oracle Africa and Middle East distinguished the two basic types of workloads as the high value mission critical and the cost contained workloads. So CIOs in organisations may decide on these two, and start implementing two different strategies, one focusing on availability, security and everything which then needs to be standardized and optimized, most likely on premise, and then the cost contained may need a public cloud approach if the regulations allow the company to do that.

Choy went to state that although there has been a lot of excitement about the public cloud particularly in the Sub Saharan Africa, the transition for enterprise customers to move to public cloud services is generally expected to be gradual, just like the trend in new technology adoption.

‘Over that period of time, customers, vendors, partners, the industry as a whole will figure out the workloads that make sense to move into public cloud and the ones that should remain on premise. Factors in that decision making may include government regulatory standards, licence requirements, data accessibility and probably many other factors that have not yet been considered. So as the thinking and technology evolves, we will see the requirements also changing. With Oracle, our vision is again to provide the flexibility that customers will need as they go through the changes adopting cloud services or not,’ said Choy.

Choy also emphasized on the importance of cloud ready engineered infrastructure, and having a correct hardware strategy for a smooth journey to the cloud.

He said, ‘as much as the cloud promises to be the magic pill that solve problems instantaneously, the reality is for customers that are running on an infrastructure that is still technologically generations behind, the move from where they are today to cloud service may not be straight forward and simple.’

Oracle views its infrastructure as cloud ready infrastructure, for the reason that it is the same infrastructure that it runs their public cloud that customers can then run in their data centre today. So clients will be equipped to transition smoothly to cloud service, also taking into consideration the regulations that may dictate work being moved from cloud service back on premise.


Database 12 C series release 2 is now available everywhere in South Africa with Oracle cloud at customer and on premise.

The just released 12 C release 2 is now available both as a cloud service and traditional on premise service. According to Choy, release 2 offers some significant advantages as it has enhanced features that improves the customer operations of functions such as the analytics. Choy had the following to say about the product:

‘We have many systems deployed here, based on our spark technologies which are basically ready to go and run 12 C release 2. One interesting thing about database 12 and our system is that typically the way database has been delivered in the past was that the database teams had to wait for whatever infrastructure to come out of from the vendors and then adjust to that infrastructure.’

‘With database 12 including release 2, we co-engineered the database with our spark systems, including our engineered systems and saver products. So the day we released one of our new spark products, was also day one of the release our new database 12 product.’

‘We are ready to work as a co-engineered package together as a platform for providing the best database service with the highest performance and highest levels of security over any other platform. This is unique in the industry if you look at software and hardware delivery, typically there is an offset of when one can take advantage of the other.