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Oracle Roving Edge Infrastructure Debuts

February 11, 2021

Oracle has expanded its hybrid cloud portfolio with Oracle Roving Edge Infrastructure, a new offering that brings core infrastructure services to the edge with Roving Edge Devices (REDs)—ruggedized, portable, scalable server nodes. Using Oracle Roving Edge Infrastructure, organizations can run cloud workloads wherever they need them, even in the world’s most remote locations. Whether it is in the back of a plane, a polar observatory, or an oil tanker in the mid-Atlantic, the power of Oracle Cloud is always accessible with Oracle Roving Edge Infrastructure.

The new service is part of Oracle’s comprehensive hybrid cloud portfolio, which provides customers with more flexibility and control over their cloud deployments than other vendors. Global customers across financial services, public sector, healthcare, logistics, and communications industries are using Oracle’s hybrid cloud solutions to support their cloud transformations without the trade-offs in scale, data sovereignty, and control that they have had to make in the past.

“Customers want choice when it comes to running workloads in the cloud. Each customer has different requirements based on data sovereignty, scale, or wanting the full experience of a public cloud on-premises with all of Oracle’s cloud services. Oracle Roving Edge Infrastructure is the latest example, delivering core infrastructure services to remote locations,” said Clay Magouyrk, executive vice president, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. “Oracle’s hybrid cloud portfolio essentially delivers a cloud region wherever and however a customer needs it.”

Only Oracle offers a comprehensive cloud portfolio that meets customers where they are in their cloud transformation. In addition to its public cloud offerings, which include 29 Oracle Cloud regions, Oracle Government Cloud, and six global Oracle-Microsoft Azure Interconnect regions, Oracle offers the most complete support for hybrid cloud strategies. Services include Oracle Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer, Oracle Exadata Cloud@Customer, Oracle VMware Cloud Solution, and now Oracle Roving Edge Infrastructure. Together, these solutions provide customers with flexibility of location and a high degree of customer control so customers can run an identical set of Oracle Cloud services in their datacenters, run core cloud services entirely disconnected from the internet, and minimize dependencies on the public cloud.

“With Oracle Roving Edge Infrastructure, Oracle yet again broadens its hybrid cloud portfolio by giving customers a taste of its public cloud wherever they may need it,” said Sriram Subramanian, Research Director, IDC. “Oracle designed its cloud infrastructure portfolio to make it as easy as possible for customers to move workloads to the cloud. Oracle Roving Edge, along with other offerings of the Oracle Cloud portfolio, gives customers multiple deployment and control options to run their most important workloads.”

Oracle’s Comprehensive Hybrid Cloud Portfolio

Oracle Roving Edge Infrastructure Accelerates Cloud Workloads Outside the Bounds of Data Centers
Oracle Roving Edge Infrastructure delivers core infrastructure services, platform software, enterprise grade security, and applications to the edge and disconnected locations with Roving Edge Devices, ruggedized, portable, scalable server nodes. It enables customers to operate cloud applications and workloads in the field, including machine learning inference, real-time data integration and replication, augmented analytics, and query-intensive data warehouses. In addition, it delivers cloud computing and storage services at the edge of networks for government and enterprise organizations, enabling low-latency processing closer to the point of data generation and ingestion, which provides timely insights into data.

Oracle Roving Edge Infrastructure is a fully mobile, connection-independent extension of customers’ Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) tenancy with a similar interface and workflow to provide a consistent, unified experience. An Oracle RED device is equipped with high-performance hardware including 40 OCPUs, an NVIDIA T4 Tensor Core GPU, 512 GB RAM, and 61 TB of storage, and can be clustered into groups of 5 to 15 nodes in a single cluster, starting at $160 per node per day.

Oracle Dedicated Region Provides All Capabilities of a Public Cloud Region Delivered On-Premises
Oracle Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer is the industry’s first fully-managed cloud region that brings all of Oracle’s second-generation cloud services, including Oracle Autonomous Database and Cloud applications, to customer datacenters and starts at only $500K a month. Enterprises get the exact same complete set of modern cloud services, APIs, industry-leading SLAs, superior price-performance, and highest levels of security available from Oracle’s public cloud regions in their own datacenters. It is ideal for highly regulated or security-focused businesses needing to meet demanding latency and data residency requirements, reduce operational costs, and modernize legacy applications. Since its introduction, 12 new services have been added to the Dedicated Region portfolio, including Autonomous JSON Database, MySQL with Heatwave, and Logging Analytics.

Australian Data Centres (ADC) is the latest organization to turn to Oracle Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer to provide sovereign managed cloud services to the Australian Federal Government and other entities in the Australian Capital Territory. The Australian Government wants to dramatically expand its cloud-based capabilities, and ADC is committed to supporting that growth with the proper platform.

“We are committed to building capacity to provide services to the government by Australian providers to assure both the security and reliability of the supply chain,” said Rob Kelly, Managing Director, Australian Data Centres. “This is a major step toward enabling more choice for government to access world-leading cloud services, powered and protected by a 100 percent Australian sovereign company, focused on connectivity, security, and simplified deployment. Critically, it addresses data sovereignty, security, and performance attributes required to accelerate Government’s shift to the cloud services.”

Another example of an organization using Oracle Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer is Nomura Research Institute (NRI), Ltd., the largest consulting firm and IT solutions provider in Japan.

“We have finished deploying Oracle Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer in our data center, and will next migrate our SaaS applications for the financial industry from on-premises to Oracle Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer. With Oracle Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer, we’ve been able to achieve the same level or even better performance than our existing on-premises system while continuing to maintain the high level of availability we need,” said Tomoshiro Takemoto, Senior Corporate Managing Director, NRI. “We look forward to launching our services to customers, as well as our ongoing relationship with Oracle to operate and maintain this Dedicated Region and continuing to drive our digital transformation together.”

Oracle’s Unique Approach to VMware

Customers also want flexibility of location and control for their VMware workloads. Oracle’s unique approach to VMware enables customers to maintain a high level of control while increasing their scalability and lowering costs.

The Oracle Cloud VMware Solution (OCVS) provides a dedicated, cloud-native VMware-based environment that enables enterprises to quickly and easily move their production VMware workloads to OCI using familiar VMware tools. The solution provides customers with the identical experience in the cloud as in on-premises data centers and seamlessly integrates with Oracle’s second-generation cloud infrastructure, including Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer deployments. With OCVS, customers have complete access and control of their VMware environment, including root access, so they fully control the cluster, manage it, and even choose when, or whether, to upgrade elements of the stack. It provides the performance, control, and familiarity of an on-premises VMware cluster, while automating the provisioning and scaling of the infrastructure. Since its introduction, OCVS has expanded scaling to a 64-node cluster (3,328 cores, 49 TB of RAM, and 3.2 PB of NVMe SSD) and offers preview support of VMware 7 with Tanzu.

Today, Oracle also announced that its OCVS has obtained Authority to Operate (ATO) at the High impact level from the FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board. With this accreditation, US government customers can now operate VMware Software Defined Data Centers in Oracle Cloud to manage and run critical applications and workloads. This accreditation gives government customers the flexibility to build and manage VMware environments in Oracle Cloud, with the peace-of-mind of industry-leading security.

Altair, a global technology company providing software and cloud solutions in the areas of simulation, HPC, and AI, has leveraged OCVS to add capacity and improve connectivity for the development environments used to build its high-performance computing and design tools.

“Oracle Cloud VMware Solution allowed us to quickly increase our capacity, implement hybrid and cloud-first architectures with complex connectivity, and offer low-latency connectivity to end users and other Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services,” said Jeff Marraccini, Senior Vice President, IT Strategy and Technology, Altair. “Since it gives full access to NSX and other components of the VMware platform, we were able to implement rapidly, and we continue to use our existing disaster recovery and other VMware-compatible tools.”

Rumo Malha Norte S.A., a subsidiary of Brazilian transport and railway leader Rumo S.A., has migrated its core logistics and business applications from its on-premises VMware environment to OCVS as part of its initiative to move to the cloud. The migrated workloads include Oracle Database, Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle WebLogic Server, and Microsoft SQL Server.

“We were able to rapidly migrate mission-critical applications from our data centers to Oracle Cloud VMware Solution with no changes to applications, databases, and middleware,” said Christofer Faccin, IT Manager, Rumo Malha Norte. “Higher performance, stability, management and access have resulted in IT productivity and business agility with lower costs than alternative solutions.”

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