When cloud computing is discussed, companies usually think of infrastructure as a service (IaaS). Organizations can build a data center in the cloud using virtual servers. Using the cloud, companies can scale up and down to meet fluctuating workload needs and pay only for what they need at a monthly rate.
However, cloud services are expanding to include options such as platform as a service (PaaS). PaaS allows companies to run mobile and web applications in the cloud.
The cloud service provider supplies and manages everything from the operating system down. The business is only responsible for managing the applications it is running. PaaS also provides the opportunity to leverage advances in technology such as artificial intelligence, big data analytics, blockchain, and the internet of things (IoT).
With PaaS, companies are freed from needing to design data security solutions on their own or having to pay for them separately. Application security is bundled into PaaS. Backup and disaster recovery tools such as redundancy and failover are built into the cloud platform.
Like all cloud service markets, the PaaS market is crowded and difficult to navigate. While cloud providers such as Oracle, AWS, IBM, and Google are duking it out, production-ready cloud has emerged as an attractive option. Production-ready cloud provides an affordable PaaS solution that eliminates many of the problems with control, transparency, and availability that customers encounter with other cloud solutions.
Late to the Cloud Game
Since introducing its cloud offerings, Oracle has put the leading cloud providers in its sights. AWS is a popular target because of its strength in the cloud market. However, Oracle is a relative newcomer to a market that includes veterans such as Microsoft Azure, IBM, and Google. When these providers were pioneering cloud services, Oracle's leadership was vocal about its opposition to the technology.
As a newcomer to the cloud market, Oracle still has some wrinkles it needs to iron out. Users complain of a lack of transparency about licensing terms as well as poor user experience, including difficulty administering cloud services through the interface. In contrast, production-ready cloud includes integrated management and monitoring tools that grant users ease of use and visibility into the system.
Lack of Control
In general, companies that are skeptical of the cloud tend to be concerned about a lack of control over their systems and services. These concerns are legitimate when using Oracle cloud. Oracle's lack of transparency and confusing terms of service disempower its customers. Lack of control and lack of transparency are problems for most of the hyperscale cloud providers.
Oracle tends to use its cloud services to market its chips. It also builds its hardware and software together, promoting vendor lock-in. Unlike some other cloud providers, Oracle does not use open-source software, which encourages collaboration and flexibility.
Oracle's licensing policies can be confusing. Main products often include optional tools and management packages. If customers use these options, Oracle conducts an audit and ends up charging them more money.
When customers use Oracle software, they may feel obligated to go with recommended cloud providers. However, production-ready cloud provides an alternative that allows your business to stay in control over your data. Instead of luring your company into further purchases, production-ready cloud offers many built-in features, including backup and recovery. These features come at no added cost.
Challenges to Business Continuity
One of the advantages to using cloud services should be high availability. Most companies strive to maintain 99.999% availability to ensure that customers and clients have access to products and services when they need them. Highly transactional businesses depend on uninterrupted business continuity to meet production demands.
Users of Oracle cloud are shocked to learn that scheduled maintenance occurs for 10 hours each month. This maintenance creates a huge window of downtime that shuts down production. While this downtime is scheduled for a weekend night, companies that stay in production 24/7 risk falling behind on their goals.
Unlike Oracle, production-ready cloud provides high availability. Built-in redundancy and dynamic failover ensure that your business maintains seamless business continuity. Achieving optimal uptime in the cloud boosts company productivity and keeps clients and customers happy.
Finding an Alternative in Production-Ready Cloud
Production-ready cloud is flexible enough to allow you to back up your data or test and develop applications. Unlike with Oracle cloud, you maintain control of your data and gain full visibility into your mission-critical information and systems.
Production-ready cloud is the best solution for companies that want to outsource data center management and maintenance tasks while still keeping control over their mission-critical data. Your IT staff is free to innovate by managing, testing, developing, and upgrading applications.
InfoSystems is the ideal provider for production-ready cloud. We allow your company to maintain control over your data and applications. You always have physical access to your data, and we don't charge extraction fees if you want to remove your data.
Our SLAs are robust and customer-friendly, offering fewer disruptions to service. We guarantee 99.99% availability annually with our production-ready cloud, which offers a fully redundant environment. Our local support team is available any time you need help.
When you partner with us, you don't need to build your own solutions. Monitoring and management, backup, and DRaaS are all included in our production-ready cloud, freeing you from additional costs and complex configurations.
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