14 hours, 1403 clicks and 539 commands is what it takes to set up an environment for a Java Application to be built or run, on-premise. If someone were to tell you that you could do it almost 4 times faster, with 11 times lesser number of clicks and without writing any commands… you would shrug your shoulders and mock them for being an unrealistic optimist. Well, it is however true. With the Oracle cloud you can do all that and more. With the most comprehensive portfolio of cloud services that includes not only SaaS offerings but also PaaS, IaaS and DaaS, Oracle is a front-runner in this business competing with the likes of AWS and Azure.
The number of Greenfield Oracle e-Business suite and Siebel Implementations have been drastically reducing in the last few years. Most proprietary software vendors are not big on selling of on-premise software packages and are encouraging clients to adopt the OPEX based SaaS models. It is time to accept that high CAPEX, perpetual license models are suddenly becoming the thing of yesterday. Consider these facts: Oracle is reporting a steadily declining on-premises software license revenue while clocking a double digit growth in their cloud business. Oracle SaaS and PaaS, grew nearly 57% Y-o-Y to $583 million in Q3 of FY16. Organizations, irrespective of their size, are starting to see and feel tangible benefits of moving to cloud.
With Oracle’s Platform as-a-Service a.k.a. PaaS, you get a plethora of offerings that help you to move Database, Application Development & Integration platform to the cloud faster. You now have a solution to extend SaaS application using PaaS. Earlier these were all procured, installed, configured and maintained in-house which was a time consuming and capital intensive process.
You don’t have to be Dr. Who to know that cloud computing is not a nice thing to have anymore, in fact, it is the inevitable future. To build on this argument, let’s consider a popular Oracle PaaS Service - DBaaS (Database as-a-Service). While provisioning a database the traditional way, a customer spends on hardware and hardware refresh plus any OS licenses which would all be 20% of a 5-year TCO. In addition to that, man hours are spent on patching, tuning and updating the database and Web logic Server environment which add up to a staggering 40% of the 5-year TCO. The whole process takes 2-3 weeks and there is a recurring 22% cost for support with the licenses. With Oracle DBaaS, you can provision the database in 30 mins with licenses and managed services already included in the subscription. Cost and Agility are not the only pluses; you will also save any buffer capacity in terms of hardware and software to cater for peak periods.
With IaaS or Infrastructure as-a-Service, Oracle gives you the option of deploying your applications and databases on bare metal, dedicated compute, elastic compute or even turbo-powered Oracle Engineered Systems. Starting at $1 per terabyte per month, you can use Oracle’s Storage Cloud Service to archive your data. It’s cost-effective, easy, secure, durable and most importantly flexible. Recently, Oracle announced a new cloud storage solution (DIVA Cloud Service) for the Entertainment, News and Media Industry to provide a low-cost option for Video and Media storage. Such industry targeted solutions have been a unique selling proposition of cloud.
PaaS and IaaS are beneficial for organizations having a hybrid IT landscape, high operational costs, longer time-to-market for business critical applications under development and also for ones looking to extend SaaS applications, quickly and effectively. Especially, organizations that are involved in intensive development and testing activities must look at trying Oracle PaaS and IaaS for a trial run. This platform will give you the optimal push towards an IT landscape that is truly agile, scalable and robust!
If you’re still not sure about the benefits of cloud computing and get the jitters, read all about “Cloudophobia” in Are you having Cold Feet too? - where our Vice President and Global Head, Oracle and Emerging Applications Practice, Sreenath AV discusses the myths that generally come in the way of cloud adoption.