Introduction to Oracle Cloud

Introduction to Oracle Cloud
The cloud computing services offered by Oracle Corporation is commonly known as Oracle Cloud. This article will help you to know about Oracle Cloud.


The cloud computing services offered by Oracle Corporation is commonly known as Oracle Cloud. The Oracle Cloud offers servers, storage services, networks, and more that get delivered to the customers using a global network that consists of several data centers managed by Oracle Corporation. Each cloud of Oracle Corporation is deployed in a region where each region consists of three availability zones that are fault independent. There are individual data centers inside each of these availability zones, and these data centers are isolated in terms of power and network.

Like every other cloud provider, the Oracle cloud services are available to the users on-demand over the Internet. Similar to AWS, customers are charged only for the service they use. Oracle cloud platforms are compatible with many open-source applications, such as Kubernetes, Hadoop, etc., open standards, such as SQL, HTML5, etc., and various programming languages, tools, databases, and frameworks. Some open-source software is Oracle-specific, and the Oracle cloud can be used as a third-party system. Also, Oracle cloud can only be deployed in a public cloud, private cloud, and hybrid cloud. 

The Oracle cloud services are mainly categorized as Platform as a Service (PaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Data as a Service (DaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS). Oracle cloud users can rent these services to integrate, develop, and deploy applications in the cloud. Some of the businesses that depend on Oracle Cloud Services are Samsung, Dropbox, Yamaha Corporation, Zoom Video Communications, and more.


Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI)  

The infrastructure offered by the Oracle cloud is known as Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is a set of cloud services that help customers to run and build a wide range of services and applications in a hosted environment. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) offers high-performance compute, security, storage, network, load balancing, fast connect, governance, and more. 

  • Compute: Oracle cloud offers virtual machine instances of different capacities according to the requirement of the workloads to do compute services. Also, bare metal GPU servers and bare metal servers can be leased as and when needed. All the services possess the capability to scale down and scale up automatically. 
  • Storage: The storage services offered by Oracle cloud include object storage, archive storage, and block volumes. These storage services can activate the content, databases, and applications with standard protocols and APIs.
  • Database: Oracle Cloud Infrastructure helps the users to deploy Oracle databases in the cloud environment. The deployment can be done for real-time applications and can be done using data security and granular controls.
  • Network: The Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) offers the customers a network that contains routes, IP addresses, firewalls, subnets, and more. Network services are fully connected and can support existing as well as new networks successfully. Also, these networks ensure end-to-end security.
  • Fast Connect: Customers can use the Fast connect service of Oracle cloud to provide private connectivity on cloud networks.
  • Load Balancing: The load balancing feature automatically routes the traffic across the available domains and fault tolerance.
  • Governance: The Oracle Cloud Infrastructure helps users deal with identity and access management and auditing by providing data integrity checks, access management checks, and traceability.
  • Ravello: The Ravello feature offered by Oracle Cloud Infrastructure allows the users to deploy their existing VMware or other workloads on OCI without modifying the network, virtual machines, and storage.


Oracle Cloud Platform (OCP)

The platform service offered by the Oracle organization is commonly known as Oracle Cloud Platform (OCP). It offers the following services: 

  • Security: The Oracle Cloud Platform provides secure access to their customers using security applications. These applications hosted in OCP also helps to monitor the hybrid cloud environment and addressing the other IT requirements.
  • Integration: The integration feature offered by Oracle Cloud Platform allows the customers to integrate the cloud applications. Integration can be achieved using API management, data migration, data replication, and integration techniques. The services offering these features are Integration Cloud, GoldenGate Cloud Service, SOA Cloud Service, and more. 
  • Business Analytics: The Oracle Cloud Platform can be used to analyze the data and generate insights from the data warehouses, applications, etc. A huge amount of Data is placed and used. These services are available in the name of Essbase, Big data Preparation, Analytics Cloud, etc.
  • Application Development: The Oracle Cloud Platform (OCP) provides its customers with an open standard application development platform to deploy their applications. OCP allows developers to build, manage, and deploy cloud applications. The development platform fully supports low code and cloud-native application developments. The Oracle Cloud Platform also promotes diversity in applications; it offers a DevOps platform for CI/CD and diagnostics for Java applications.
  • Content and Experience: The OCP platform provides the customer with a platform for website and workflow management and content collaborations. This is an inbuilt feature in the Oracle cloud that comes with the Oracle Software as a Service. These services are named Experience Cloud, DIVA Cloud, etc. 


Oracle Cloud Applications (OCA)

The Software as a Service (SaaS) applications offered by the Oracle cloud is commonly known as Oracle Cloud Applications (OCA). The Oracle Cloud Applications provides the following services: 

  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Software as a Service (SaaS) Analytics
  • Enterprise Performance Management (EPM)
  • Customer Experience (CX) 
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
  • Blockchain Cloud Services, and more.


Oracle Data Cloud (ODC)

The data services offered by Oracle cloud are commonly known as Oracle Data Cloud (ODC). The Oracle Data Cloud platform is widely used to analyze the customer data powered by Oracle ID Graph.    


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