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Which Cloud Service Provider Should Host Your Oracle Databases?

Amazon Web Services is likely choice for hosting of your enterprise class Oracle databases

Big shift towards Cloud environment has started. It is now clear that this change is similar in magnitude to the shift from mainframe to client-server computing two decades ago.

Amazon Web Services is the pioneer and market leader in Cloud computing space. Other vendors are playing catch up and do not come close to the breadth and scale of AWS offerings. Services and features Amazon provides are quite extensive and cover many of the enterprise-class computing needs. APIs and command line interfaces are available for each service, which makes scripting and automation achievable. Documentation is publicly available and there is a large ecosystem of organizations and individuals proficient in use of AWS.

Amazon is huge, financially stable company - a fact that should additionally calm nerves of anybody contemplating move to the public cloud.

Mid and large size corporations will encounter internal IT resistance to including Amazon Web Services into portfolio of systems. Various reasons are typically stated - change management difficulties, security, performance, new techniques to be learned.

Internal IT will also offer to build private clouds - incorporate some of Cloud principles that make it also attractive to internal IT departments, citing private cloud advantages like security, full cloud control, customization etc. In client-server era not everybody started building their own networking and database software. Not every corporation build its own word processor, or spreadsheet.  It doesn't make much more sense for everybody to build their own Cloud platform either. Cloud environment is not just about creating images on virtual machines. It is about taking advantage of economies of scale that only very large data centers are able to achieve, it is about engineering complete IT platform from scratch according to the Cloud principles. It is simply too expensive and complicated for everybody to do it in-house.

Placing your systems in a public cloud also makes it possible to freely, globally source hardware and software. Cloud services can be procured from  best and most cost effective providers, thus avoiding in-house lock-in. Public Cloud is an IT equivalent of globalization - an unstoppable trend. Amazon Web Services unsurpassed global presence and size makes it an easy choice for enterprise-class Cloud IaaS provider.

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