Oracle Brings On-Premises Software-As-A-Service To Cloud At Customer

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Oracle expanded its on-premises cloud offering Wednesday to deliver Software-as-a-Service to customers directly from their own data centers.

Enterprises can now run Oracle's portfolio of business applications -- including ERP, CRM and human capital management -- from behind their own firewall but consume them exactly as they would a cloud service, with monthly billing, support and management, Nirav Mehta, vice president for Oracle Cloud at Customer, told CRN.

In addition to introducing SaaS capabilities, Oracle upgraded infrastructure and platform services for Cloud at Customer, a deployment model introduced more than a year ago to deliver the simplicity of public cloud — the same service level, service interface, buying and support experiences — from a fully managed appliance.

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"As long as you have some data center space, network connectivity, it's good to go. Oracle manages it," Mehta said. "It works just like you'd expect in the public cloud."

Oracle has further bulked up the Cloud at Customer line at lower levels of the stack.

The on-premises Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering now supports a hardware expansion model that's more granular and flexible.

"Customers who start with some minimum capacity can add a single compute node at a time, or a little block storage as they grow, without having to deal with lots of hardware," Mehta said.

Oracle also introduced to those machines all-flash arrays enabling big data and analytics workloads to take advantage of NVMe storage.

The Redwood City, Calif., company simultaneously introduced to the Cloud at Customer portfolio the Big Data Cloud Machine, a production-grade Hadoop and Spark platform.

At the Platform-as-a-Service layer, Oracle has extended Cloud at Customer to support all its platforms: database, application development, analytics, big data, application and data integration, and identity management. 

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