Proven and powerful enterprise resource planning systems have been empowering organizations with a single source of truth. However, when these powerful ERP systems are not teamed with the right support, customers are likely to face challenges in terms of performance, scalability, and integration with other systems. Imagine dealing with slow response times, limited scalability, and difficulty in integrating ERP systems with other systems such as CRM or supply chain management.
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) offers a powerful and flexible platform to overcome challenges of this kind by providing a fully managed and optimized environment. Businesses can benefit from features such as elastic computing, storage, and networking, as well as advanced security and governance capabilities by leveraging OCI.  

Additionally, with OCI, businesses can easily integrate their on-premise ERP with other systems such as CRM or SCM, improving overall efficiency and agility.

What is Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI)?

OCI is a set of cloud computing services offered by Oracle Corporation that provide a comprehensive platform for running enterprise workloads in the cloud. OCI is designed to provide customers with a highly available, scalable, and secure infrastructure, with the flexibility to meet their specific needs. 

OCI includes a range of services, like computing, storage, networking, databases, security, and management tools, among others. These services are delivered over a global network of data centers, allowing customers to easily deploy and manage their applications and services from anywhere in the world. 

What are the key features of OCI monitoring service?

OCI provides a range of monitoring services that enable customers to monitor the performance and health of their resources and applications running on OCI. These services can help customers to identify and diagnose issues in real-time, improve application performance, and optimize resource utilization.

Metrics: Businesses can collect and visualize metrics from their compute instances, databases, and other resources. These metrics can be accessed in real-time, also enabling setting alarms to trigger notifications or automated actions when specific thresholds are breached.

Logs: This service allows customers to centralize their log data from various OCI resources and applications into a single location. It offers features such as log search, filtering, and analysis to help customers identify and diagnose issues in their applications and infrastructure.

Traces: OCI enables the collection and analysis of traces from applications to understand performance and identify bottlenecks.

Notifications: This service allows customers to receive real-time notifications when alarms are triggered, including email, SMS, or webhook. It also offers integration with other OCI services and third-party tools.

Health Checks and Automated Actions: OCI lets automatic scaling of resources or allows other actions to be taken in response to alarms. This service allows customers to define health checks for their resources, such as compute instances, load balancers, and databases, to ensure that they are always up and running. It offers automatic remediation options.

Additionally, OCI Event service enables customers to automate their workflows and build event-driven architectures using a simple publish-subscribe model. It works by allowing customers to define rules that match incoming events and trigger actions based on those events. The actions can be taken using a range of OCI services, such as Functions, Notifications, and Streaming, or using third-party services via Oracle Integration.

Why are Organizations choosing OCI?

Ease of migrating critical workloads: OCI provides a variety of tools and services to make it easier to migrate critical enterprise workloads to the cloud. OCI is designed to be compatible with many existing enterprise workloads, including those built using popular databases, middleware, and applications, while maintaining security and compliance standards.

With the lift and shift option, entire workloads can be moved to the cloud with minimal changes to the applications or infrastructure. The hybrid cloud solution allows businesses to maintain a seamless connection between on-premises infrastructure and cloud infrastructure. This enables moving workloads gradually, as needed and helps in maintaining connectivity with existing infrastructure.

Platform to build cloud-native applications: OCI provides a variety of services and tools that are designed to support the development and deployment of cloud-native applications.

OCI’s container services provide a managed container service that allows you to run containerized applications in a highly available and scalable environment. The serverless platform enables developers to build and run applications without worrying about the underlying infrastructure, leading to reduced operational overheads and faster development cycles.

Developer tools provide an integrated development environment (IDE) and a command-line interface (CLI), that can help to simplify the development and deployment process. And the range of managed database services, including Oracle Autonomous Database and MySQL Database Service, can be used to store and manage data for applications.

In addition to this, the Networking services including a virtual cloud network (VCN) and load balancing services, helps in creating secure and scalable application architectures.
Autonomous services: OCI offers several autonomous services that leverage machine learning algorithms and automation to deliver self-driving, self-securing, and self-repairing capabilities.

Oracle Autonomous Database is a fully managed database service that uses machine learning algorithms to automate many of the routine tasks associated with database management, such as provisioning, patching, and tuning. It can automatically scale and secure the database, while also providing high availability and disaster recovery capabilities.

Oracle Autonomous Linux, a fully managed operating system uses machine learning algorithms to automatically patch, tune, and secure the operating system. Data Warehouse, Transaction processing, and JSON Database are other autonomous services.
Flexibility: OCI provides a range of networking services, including a virtual cloud network (VCN) and FastConnect, that allow customers to securely connect their on-premises data centers to the cloud. This enables customers to build hybrid architectures that span both on-premises and cloud environments. The cloud control plane offers a single pane of glass for managing hybrid cloud environments. This allows customers to manage their on-premises and cloud environments using the same tools and interfaces.

An Enterprise Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Migration Success Story

A gardening equipment brand unified its enterprise operations on a single ERP platform by deploying Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne on OCI, laying the foundation for expansion in other geographic locations.

With elastic scaling, OCI-based integration to third-party applications, and comprehensive security in OCI, their JDE environment is equipped with detailed reporting capabilities and all the required functionalities to support the business's growth. 

With OCI, the business now has JDE Workloads supported, extending benefits from high-performance computing, storage, networking, and managed database instances. An added outcome was an improved experience for their users, all this at a considerably reduced cost of operation.