Oracle enabling SEA organizations accelerate cloud adoption
Cloud services have become an integral part of digital transformation for businesses in Southeast Asia. While most organizations are working with public cloud providers on their digital journey, the private cloud is still on the radar for some businesses, especially those dealing with sensitive data.
Today, there is a myriad of cloud providers in the region. This is why some organizations are also leveraging several different public clouds or using a combination of both public and private clouds. The multi-cloud and hybrid cloud models are expected to be the norm of how businesses move forward as they look to embrace new technologies and remain competitive.
According to Chris Morris, Vice President for IDC’s Asia Pacific Cloud Services and Technology Group, a major benefit of digital transformation is the ability to maximize the value of enterprise data. However, companies still have data resident on many locations and differing platforms – making it difficult to securely access and reducing its business value.
“By 2024, in response to the performance, security, and compliance requirements, 50% of organizations will implement dedicated cloud services either on-premises or in a service provider facility,” said Morris.
To mitigate this, Morris explained that businesses need to realize that the cloud has become an environment of multiple clouds, each of which is optimized for a workload. This is the multi-cloud environment in which digital infrastructure is transforming.
“As such, enterprises need to look for the most appropriate platforms for workloads as they seek to modernize their business services, optimize costs, as well as meet compliance requirements by using the right deployment model. Increasingly, this means that rather than talking about public, private, and hybrid, selection criteria are more about workloads needing dedicated or shared environments so that they can fully support increasingly stringent national government privacy and sovereignty regulations,” explained Morris.
Morris also highlighted that in 2022, cloud deployment model choices will be driven by workload SLAs rather than cost, accelerating enterprise migration to multiple cloud environments. This is because of the availability of new technologies that enhances the suitability of dedicated cloud infrastructure for both on- and off-premises solutions.
At the same time, dedicated cloud infrastructure as a service (DCIaaS) is now a competitive alternative to shared infrastructure or public cloud for a growing number of workloads. DCIaaS is a private/dedicated provider-operated cloud service option that offers flexible consumption options.
Users expect that DCIaaS offerings will provide higher levels of security, just as private cloud is perceived as more secure than public cloud. However, Morris also pointed out that in this period of scarce expertise, a secure outcome is not guaranteed. Hence, a strong vendor or partner ecosystem will provide the value-added security solutions for that DCIaaS platform.
Oracle Cloud gains momentum in Southeast Asia
Among the cloud providers in the region is Oracle Cloud. As customers are realizing the immediate benefits of being on the cloud as well as how the cloud can better position their business competitively in the long-term, Oracle recently expanded its footprint with the opening of the Oracle Cloud Singapore Region.
Oracle is one of the many cloud providers that have established their cloud regions in Singapore and neighboring Southeast Asia countries. For example, Google, AWS, and Qlik are among cloud providers that have also set up regions in Singapore to cater to the growing demand for cloud services.
Since its opening, close to 100 customers across the region have selected to host their workloads on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), including City Government of Baguio, FUJIFILM Business Innovation Asia Pacific, and iFoundries.
OCI helps enable customers to move their existing complex, mission-critical workloads and data platforms to the cloud, and build new cloud-native applications, as well as potentially benefitting from its superior performance, possible lower cost, and built-in security capabilities. Customers will also have access to the full suite of Oracle Fusion Cloud Applications, as well as Oracle Autonomous Database, Oracle Container Engine for Kubernetes, and Oracle Cloud VMware solution, giving them the choice to create the architecture that best suits their business needs.
“As customers continue to innovate and modernize on Oracle Cloud, they are realizing that not all clouds are the same. Customers recognize that we provide an easy and fast alternative for migrating their enterprise applications,” said Chin Ying Loong, Regional Managing Director, ASEAN & South Asia Growing Economies (SAGE), Oracle.
In the last quarter, OCI has committed to easing the path to multi-cloud, eliminating data transfer fees by joining forces with Cloudflare; reaffirmed its commitment to the open-source database market with the addition of HeatWave with MySQL Autopilot in OCI, and made it easier for developers to apply AI to their applications without requiring data science expertise by adding a new collection of AI Services for OCI.
Additionally, Oracle is delivering on its strategy to meet customers where they are by enabling them to keep data and services where they need it through the ability to deploy Oracle Cloud completely within their own data centers with Dedicated Region and Exadata Cloud@Customer. AIA Malaysia and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration are among organizations that are continuing to rely on Exadata Cloud@Customer to run their businesses and help adapt to unpredictable business environments.
The Bangladesh Data Center Company Limited (BDCCL), the Bangladesh government-owned data storage and disaster recovery services provider, has also selected Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer to provide sovereign-hosted cloud services to the Bangladesh government. The Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer can enable BDCCL to run its entire IT portfolio on cloud infrastructure and have physical control of infrastructure and data, ensuring that government users meet the most demanding data sovereignty requirements.