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The Eureka Moment: Cloud and the agile data center

For businesses serious about cloud computing, the “eureka” moment has arrived.

Overview

Through end-to-end solutions that pivot around interconnectivity and optimization, today’s executives can achieve strategic business outcomes that not only potentially reduce non-discretionary spend by up to 40 percent, but also lead to high performance.

A cloud-enabled infrastructure includes capabilities specifically demanded by cloud computing, such as support for elastic, on-demand allocation and de-allocation of shared resources (including elastic horizontal scaling), multi-tenant provisioning and self-service administration.

IT managers can develop capabilities for solutions, such as the agile data center, by combining their governance processes and enabling technologies to better meet the needs of the business.

With the emphasis on an overall infrastructure strategy that makes progress towards a service-based model, a database platform as a service solution should be considered.

For business leaders, the combination of technological tipping points and innovative ideas will lead to “eureka” moments.

Key Findings

To enable database platform as a service or cloud-based model using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, executives should:

Plan and set up the cloud infrastructure

  • Discovery and baseline resources.

  • Devise a consolidation strategy.

  • Consolidate resources.

  • Set up cloud.

Integrate a service catalog

  • Build service templates and test them.

  • Package the applications.

  • Deploy them from a catalog.

Operate, maintain and chargeback to the business

  • Monitor from end user, application owner and administration perspectives.

  • Operate, maintain and patch cloud infrastructure.

  • Meter and optionally chargeback.

Recommendations

By bringing together business and IT service management to the core enterprise where enabling technologies such as RAC and Oracle Exadata are deployed, these technologies can be integrated into cloud services that enable an agile IT infrastructure.

The path to database platform-as-a-service solution includes five stages:

  • IT silos—Understand what’s out there, developing the database application portfolio.

  • Standardize technology—Decide on common database technology platforms.

  • Consolidate platforms—Migrate database applications to the standardized and consolidated database platforms.

  • Shared services—Develop the database service catalog.

  • Cloud computing—Database platform as a service.