OCI dedicated regions to bring full public cloud to more customers

Published June 30, 2022, 8:54 AM

by Robert D. Reyes

During a press briefing earlier this week, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) introduces a lower entry point for OCI Dedicated Regions aimed at helping customers meet strict latency, data residency, and data sovereignty requirements that are key to many IT modernization efforts. Oracle also gave members of the media present a preview of Compute [email protected] services, bringing more than 100 OCI public cloud services into customers’ data centers.

Customers including Nomura Research Institute (NRI), Siam Commercial Bank, and Bangladesh Data Center Company Limited (BDCCL) have chosen OCI Dedicated Region to gain the full functionality of the public OCI cloud in the locations of their choice.

“Cloud is absolutely great — nobody would doubt that. The cloud economics and the benefits it will give you like elasticity, flexibility, and scalability. The cloud is also great in the sense that it is someone else’s job to manage that infrastructure and I can get it on demand when I need it,” according to Christopher Chelliah, Senior Vice President, Technology and Customer Strategy, Oracle Japan and Asia Pacific.

Customers across the region and industries have adopted OCI to support their cloud transformations without the trade-offs in scale, data sovereignty, security, and control that they have had to make in the past.

“Distributed cloud is the next evolution of cloud computing, and it provides customers with much more flexibility and control in how they deploy cloud resources. Customers are no longer restricted by location choices, data sovereignty, data residency, or latency. OCI’s distributed cloud services offer more capabilities than anyone else in the industry and place all the benefits of the public cloud directly inside a customer’s data center while still being managed remotely by OCI,” said Dave McCarthy, Research Vice President, Cloud and Edge Infrastructure Services, IDC.

OCI Dedicated Region at a Lower Entry Point

The new OCI Dedicated Region requires 60-75% less data center space and power on average, with a significantly lower entry price of around $1 million a year for a typical customer. A wider range of customers can now gain the agility, economics, and scale of the public cloud in their own data centers which translates to a complete cloud region in their data center with all the benefits of OCI’s public cloud. Commercial and public sector customers are deploying OCI Dedicated Region to host applications and data that require strict data residency, control, and security; or to remain in specific locations for low-latency connectivity and data-intensive processing. Dedicated Regions can also be extended (like Oracle’s public cloud regions) in hybrid architectures using Roving Edge Infrastructure.

Preview of OCI Compute [email protected]

OCI Compute [email protected] is a rack-scale solution meant for smaller environments than OCI Dedicated Region. Compute [email protected] will enable organizations to run applications on OCI-compatible compute, storage, and networking in their data centers, fully managed as a service from an OCI Region and using OCI’s cost-effective consumption model to streamline operations and reduce costs. With OCI Dedicated Region, Exadata [email protected], and Compute [email protected], organizations use the same OCI-managed hardware and software in their data centers and OCI Regions. Developers and IT managers will utilize the same APIs and management tools to create a consistent user experience, irrespective of where services are running. Organizations can more easily develop, deploy, secure, and manage a single set of software across a wide range of distributed cloud environments.

“Customers have told us that they are looking for comprehensive cloud solutions to modernize their infrastructure yet meet their security, regulatory and data residency requirements. Oracle’s distributed cloud gives customers the choice to have full-featured cloud services delivered seamlessly on-premise, on the public cloud, or a combination of both, with the exact same experience across all options,” Chelliah said.

The OCI Region is operated as a commercial and government public cloud in 38 regions, which can be interconnected with other clouds for multi-cloud architectures, or act as the control plane for hybrid cloud offerings. The OCI Region can also be deployed in the customer data center as a dedicated, single-tenant cloud in a repeatable way. Deployment options can include the functionality of all 100+ OCI services, or just a subset, with the required location choice, performance, security, compliance, and operational models. Together these deployment options comprise OCI’s distributed cloud.