Thank you to everyone that joined us for our webinar last week, Cloud Computing Essentials.  Since Oracle’s launch of its online offerings, Oracle Public Cloud [WSJ: Oracle Introduces Its Cloud Software Line], we have been thinking a lot about the benefits cloud computing offers organizations, such as yours.  And this webinar was the perfect venue to share insights, helping you get the most out of the cloud.
 
An important part of the webinar was discussing four characteristics inherent to the cloud which allow companies to reap the benefits of agility, flexibility and predictable cost: Elasticity (the ability to scale up and down), self-service provisioning (and deprovisioning), application programming interfaces (APIs) and billing and metering of service usage (the pay-as-you-go model). The benefits are clear, but the question is, once companies opt for the cloud, how can they ensure they will be successful? We offer the following recommendations:
 
The Right Cloud: Companies must choose carefully from today’s cloud models: public cloud, private cloud and hybrid cloud. Approaches vary based on a company’s needs and business objectives, but we see an increasing number of companies leveraging the cloud solution because it offers greater availability, security and control over their applications — and their business.
 
The optimal cloud solution provides lower operational and predictable operating costs, higher service levels, improved performance, scalability and greater agility, allowing companies to focus on running their core businesses.
 
The Right Provider: It is also important to consider the different types of cloud service models and who provides this service. Choices include Dynamic Application Services, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). The Dynamic Application Service model is ideal for enterprises working with multiple applications involving mission-critical data and is well-suited for workloads that require greater levels of customization. Additionally, it offers the benefits of specialized data backup strategies and disaster recovery solutions.
 
When selecting a service model, look for a provider with strong experience in managing dynamic applications, and be sure to ask for information about their data security practices and service level agreements (SLAs) to ensure you are receiving services that align with your corporate goals.
 
During the webinar, we also polled the audience regarding other issues they’re facing concerning a move to the cloud. We received some interesting responses, so stay tuned, and watch our blog for details.