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Oracle adds IaaS and PaaS to Australian cloud line-up

Oracle IaaS and PaaS are now available from within Australia.

Oracle's Sydney data centres originally hosted the company's SaaS products.

Since they opened, the company has introduced a range of IaaS and PaaS offerings that were only available from offshore locations.

The Oracle Cloud Platform IaaS and PaaS services are now available to Australian and New Zealand customers — along with those in Asia Pacific more generally — from data centres in Sydney.

“When you look at cloud maturity in Asia Pacific, Australia is definitely the most mature, despite the fact that we are really only at the start of most companies’ cloud journey. Having a local presence will make a lot of difference – there is still a strong preference for local delivery from both customers and partners. We see it as a great addition to Oracle’s portfolio,” said Ovum principal analyst Adrian Ho.

“The local market is quickly adopting cloud services from other geographies; however, CIOs are willing to consider in-country options as a priority. Telsyte research shows security and offshore data location are two of the top concerns IT leaders have when it comes to public IaaS clouds. Add to this the many organisations not able to use cloud because the data is not hosted in Australia,” said Telsyte senior analyst Rodney Gedda.

Being able to provide IaaS, PaaS and SaaS from inside Australia "puts us in a unique position," Oracle Australia regional managing director Rob Willis told iTWire.

The company has a large customer base in ANZ that is showing broad interest in IaaS and PaaS regardless of industry, he said. Motivations include a desire to move workloads out of their own data centres, and to be able to consume storage, disaster recovery and so on as services.

Local organisations expressing interest in the new services include Australian Finance Group, National Pharmacies and Suitebox.

"Our move to cloud is all about helping us focus on our consumers and what they are going to want to do. We’ve already been using cloud platform services from Oracle for around a year to deliver our members a mobile experience. Already they have proven their worth, enabling us to keep up with quickly changing technology, and meaning that we can adopt a broad range of technology without having to recruit and retain all the IT expertise we otherwise would need," said National Pharmacies general manager of technology and innovation Ryan Klose.

"In addition, the cloud platform is allowing us to launch very quickly, fail very quickly if we have to, and recover very quickly. We are very excited to see a number of these services moving to being delivered locally. It means that we can further emphasise our respect for our customers’ privacy, and in addition, we anticipate further performance improvements from reduced latency."

(National Pharmacies was among the winners of the 2016 Oracle innovation awards.)

Willis added that Oracle has "a unique feature" in the form of Cloud at Customer which allows Oracle to deliver cloud services from dedicated equipment installed in the customer's data centre.

Initial interest relates mostly to Oracle workloads, he said, but he stressed that Oracle Cloud has broader application than that.

For example, a variety of open source frameworks can be used on Oracle Cloud.

The availability of IaaS and PaaS helps customers optimise their existing skills and experience, and is a "natural fit" for functions such as disaster recovery and dev/test, Oracle group vice-president and chief architect, core technology and cloud, Christopher Chelliah (pictured) told iTWire.

This makes it suitable for organisations not currently using Oracle products, and for the development community in general, he said. Services such as Oracle Mobile Cloud (a cloud-based back end for enterprise-grade mobile apps) "help you build faster," said Chelliah.

Oracle cloud is the place to build the next great idea, suggested Willis. It provides top-class infrastructure, plus analytics, mobile and other services. Furthermore, Oracle understands how to use all these components to build products.

The range of services "will continue to expand over time," said Chelliah.

"We are the only vendor to offer Australian customers a full-stack Platform cloud service, giving customers unprecedented choice and flexibility in how they work. With the availability of the Sydney Region, we expect to see an even faster adoption of services locally, as well as throughout the rest of APAC, given its proximity to Sydney as a hub” said Willis.


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