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Oracle partners with Microsoft to supply Azure customers direct, streamlined access to Oracle databases on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure
AUSTIN, Texas and REDMOND, Wash., July 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Oracle Corp and Microsoft Corp today announced the general availability of Oracle Database Service for Microsoft Azure. With this new offering, Microsoft Azure customers can easily provision, access, and monitor enterprise-grade Oracle Database services in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) with a familiar experience. Users can migrate or build new applications on Azure and then connect to high-performance and high-availability managed Oracle Database services such as Autonomous Database running on OCI.
Offering Customers Choice with Azure and OCI Multicloud Capabilities
Over the last two decades, thousands of customers have relied on Microsoft and Oracle software working well together to run their business-critical applications. As customers migrate applications and data to the cloud, they continue to look for joint solutions from their trusted software partners. Since 2019, when Oracle and Microsoft partnered to deliver the Oracle Interconnect for Microsoft Azure, hundreds of organizations have used the secure and private interconnections in 11 global regions.
Microsoft and Oracle are extending this collaboration to further simplify the multicloud experience with Oracle Database Service for Microsoft Azure. Many joint customers, including some of the world's largest corporations such as AT&T, Marriott International, Veritas and SGS, want to choose the best services across cloud providers to optimize performance, scalability, and the ability to accelerate their business modernization efforts. The Oracle Database Service for Microsoft Azure builds upon the core capabilities of the Oracle Interconnect for Azure and enables customers to more easily integrate workloads on Microsoft Azure with Oracle Database services on OCI. There are no charges for using the Oracle Database Service for Microsoft Azure, the Oracle Interconnect for Microsoft Azure or data egress or ingress when moving data between OCI and Azure. Customers will pay only for the other Azure or Oracle services they consume, such as Azure Synapse or Oracle Autonomous Database.
"Microsoft and Oracle have a long history of working together to support the needs of our joint customers, and this partnership is an example of how we offer customer choice and flexibility as they digitally transform with cloud technology. Oracle's decision to select Microsoft as its preferred partner deepens the relationship between our two companies and provides customers with the assurance of working with two industry leaders," said Corey Sanders, corporate vice president, Microsoft Cloud for Industry and Global Expansion.
"There's a well-known myth that you can't run real applications across two clouds. We can now dispel that myth as we supply Oracle and Microsoft customers the ability to easily test and demonstrate the value of combining Oracle databases with Azure applications. There is no need for deep skills on either of our platforms or complex configurations—anyone can use the Azure Portal to harness the power of our two clouds together," said Clay Magouyrk, executive vice president, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.
"Multicloud takes on a whole new meaning with the launch of the Oracle Database Service for Microsoft Azure. This service, designed to provide intuitive, simple access to the Exadata Database Service and Autonomous Database to Azure users in a transparent manner, responds to the critical need of Azure and Oracle customers to apply the benefits of the latest in Oracle Database technology to their Azure workloads. This combined and interactive connection of services across public clouds sets the stage for what a multicloud experience should be, and is a bold statement about where the future of cloud is heading. It should deliver huge benefits for customers, developers, and the cloud services landscape overall," said Carl Olofson, research vice president, Data Management Software, IDC.
Familiar Experience for Azure Users Combined with an Oracle Managed Service
With the new Oracle Database Service for Microsoft Azure, in just a few clicks users can connect their Azure subscriptions to their OCI tenancy. The service automatically configures everything required to link the two cloud environments and federates Azure Active Directory identities, making it easy for Azure customers to use the service. It also provides a familiar dashboard for Oracle Database Services on OCI using Azure terminology and monitoring with Azure Application Insights.
"Many of our mission-critical workloads are running Oracle databases on-premises at massive scale. As we move these workloads to the cloud, Oracle Database Service for Azure enables us to modernize these Oracle databases to services such as Autonomous Database in OCI while leveraging Microsoft Azure for the application tier," said Jeremy Legg, chief technology officer, AT&T. Watch the video.
"Multicloud architectures enable us to choose the best cloud provider for each workload based on capabilities, performance, and price. The OCI and Azure partnership integrates the capabilities of two major cloud providers, including the Oracle Database services in OCI and Azure's application development capabilities," said Naveen Manga, chief technology officer, Marriott International. Watch the video.
"Oracle Database Service for Microsoft Azure has simplified the use of a multicloud environment for data analytics. We were able to easily ingest large volumes of data hosted by Oracle Exadata Database Service on OCI to Azure Data Factory where we are using Azure Synapse for analysis," said Jane Zhu, senior vice president and chief information officer, Corporate Operations, Veritas.
"Oracle Database Service for Microsoft Azure simplifies our multicloud approach. We're going to be able to leverage the best of Oracle databases in Azure, and we are going to be able to keep our infrastructure in Azure. This is a great opportunity to have the best of the two worlds that eases our migration to the cloud and improves the skills of our people in IT," said David Plaza, chief information officer, SGS. Watch the video.
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Vodafone is on a quest to pivot from being “just a Telco” to a “TechCo." The strategy includes revamping operations to reduce costs; digitally transforming the customer experience and service development processes; and developing a differentiated value proposition that leverages 5G, IoT, and edge investments and capabilities.
The company recently split the network infrastructure from digital functions with two closely aligned leaders. The reorganization sees Scott Petty step up to the group level to lead digital and IT operations, making him the critical leader in executing the plan to transform Vodafone into a cloud-first, data-driven 'TechCo”.
Before you stop practicing and move on to the following article because you are not in the telecommunications business – let me say that the Vodafone challenge is not unique. I would say that this story applies to any company with discerning customers who have a choice. Please read on if you must continuously evolve customer-facing applications and content to retain customer loyalty.
The front-end and back-end – mind the gap!
We know the front-end is what the users can see while the back-end is the infrastructure that supports it - both need to be in perfect harmony. In the Telco world, the back-end is the “crown jewels," namely the operations support system (OSS), which maintains network operations, and the business support system (BSS), which covers order capture, and customer relationship management (CRM) and billing.
Both front-end and back-end functions are strongly intertwined. When consumer applications change every week, and the back-end is updated every quarter, the "gap" will eventually impact the ability to execute.
As Vodafone built more complex e-commerce applications on the front-end, the need increased for the same cloud capability from the core transactional systems (high-transaction BSS/OSS apps). Vodafone considered several options, including upgrading technology in-situ, building a private cloud platform, or using other third-party clouds.
But, moving transactional systems wholesale to the public cloud is costly and complex, with the risk of performance and latency issues associated with maintaining those systems, which need to remain on-premises for legal or compliance reasons.
Oracle was unique because it offered to build a complete public cloud capability in the Vodafone data centers. Vodafone was able to take a more flexible approach to modernize and migrate the mission-critical systems— the most data-intensive/demanding or too costly/risky to move wholesale to the public cloud.
Way too many databases!
How many databases are too many? Vodafone has fifteen thousand (not a typo) and eight thousand associated applications. Vodafone will be deploying Oracle Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer to modernize those thousands of Oracle databases that support its mission-critical transactional OSS and BSS systems—including core functions like order management and CRM. This task could take several years to complete.
Oracle Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer is a complete OCI cloud deployed in the data center, providing a secure cloud platform to modernize existing infrastructure while retaining full control of data governance, meeting demanding data residency and security regulations.
Vodafone envisages a world in which half of the applications run in Amazon Web Services or Google Cloud and the other half run on the Oracle Cloud. The mix is likely to change over time. The work to modernize the “crown jewel” applications onto the Oracle Cloud might cause application ecosystems to move from AWS onto Oracle Cloud because it would be a more natural fit.
Pivot from running technology to building new services
Vodafone has embraced Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) in a big way, consolidating forty data centers that run core services for its entire European operations (13 countries) into three locations (Ireland, Italy, and Germany) running on OCI.
The Oracle implementation is a critical pillar in the pivot from ‘Telco to TechCo,’ providing the foundation for a common platform across the Vodafone Group. It will allow rationalization and consolidation of the IT estate while leveraging the cloud as a more efficient way of delivering and scaling new communications services.
Vodafone expects to significantly cut costs across operations and accelerate the development and time to market for new services. The Oracle platform will also bring automation to IT operations, enabling more IT staff to focus on the digital experience and the use of data to drive better customer experiences.
Ultimately, the end game is to redirect the IT organization away from building, integrating, and running technology to provide customers with new services and a better digital experience.
As an example, Oracle Autonomous Database is now a feature of OCI. Oracle Autonomous Database is a cloud database that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to automate database tuning, security, backups, updates, and other routine management tasks without human intervention. Database administrators (DBAs) can now focus on more critical tasks, such as data aggregation, modeling, processing, governance strategies, and supporting developers.
One unique, differentiated example is that the Autonomous Database is serverless and elastic. When an application is not running on the Oracle Cloud, there are no CPUs dedicated hence no charges. Additionally, it is instantaneously elastic, increasing or decreasing servers and cores as needed while the database is still running.
Quickly monetizing IoT services
The long-awaited convergence of the network with the cloud, IoT, and MEC will become the foundation for new service offerings. With expertise in IoT, MEC, and 5g, Vodafone is well-positioned to offer new scalable next-generation digital services.
OCI offers integrated applications for Sales, Service, Marketing, Human Resources, Finance, Supply Chain, and Manufacturing, plus Automated and Secure Generation 2 Infrastructure featuring the Oracle Autonomous Database.
Vodafone is already monetizing IoT services using Oracle Communications Billing and Revenue Management (BRM) which runs on OCI. For example, sensors in connected vehicles can enable services such as GPS map updates or infotainment, charged on a subscription or consumption basis. The solution runs on the high-performance OCI Container Engine for Kubernetes and is automated with OCI Resource Manager and Terraform across multiple Oracle Cloud Regions. Today it is no longer about connecting IoT devices but providing complete solutions for customers.
The 5G wireless broadband expansion promises an exciting future.
For example, virtual reality applications will power high-tech glasses that supply instructions to workers in complex fields such as airplane maintenance.
As Vodafone takes advantage of 5G, architectural agility will be essential to monetize next-generation services quickly and efficiently. Oracle's Billing and Revenue Management solution is well-positioned to support emerging 5G-enabled use cases with its cloud-native compliant, microservices-based architecture framework.
Regular readers will know I have become impressed with Oracle's Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) and have written several articles. That was not always the case. I was critical of Oracle Cloud V1.0, but Oracle’s Generation 2 Cloud is an entirely new infrastructure developed from the ground up with no resemblance to its predecessor. The design goals were better performance, pricing, and—above all else—security. Oracle Cloud V2 is a significant improvement and more competitive.
As a long-time Oracle observer, I think it is incredible how the story around OCI is starting to resonate with customers. OCI as a single platform offering IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, and data as a service (DaaS) capabilities is not that sexy. But, combined with technologies such as Oracle Autonomous Database, Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse, and Oracle Autonomous Transaction Processing, the result is a platform capable of handling large, data-intensive workloads with better security. For organizations like Vodafone transitioning from on-premises data centers to the cloud, OCI is an ideal solution.
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Hangzhou, China, Aug. 8, 2022 — EMQ Technologies, a global provider of open-source IoT data infrastructure solutions, today announced that it had officially joined the Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN). Through OPN, EMQ will work together with Oracle to better pair their respective IoT solutions, explore joint use cases and dive deeper into specialized technical knowledge to build successful, cloud-based IoT connectivity services.
Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) is a channel partner program that offers members access to partner-specific training, global industry expertise, go-to-market tools, valuable resources and support. These valuable benefits enable partners to accelerate their own transition to the cloud as well as drive superior customer experiences and business outcomes.
Since its start in 2017, EMQ has been on a mission to serve the future of human society through state-of-the-art open source IoT data infrastructure.
Over 20,000 enterprise workers use EMQ’s massively scalable cloud-native MQTT messaging platform, EMQX, which is the first open-source platform to provide scaling capability up to 100M connections per cluster. EMQ can deploy its mission-critical IoT infrastructure to major cloud providers such as Oracle Cloud, AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and hybrid clouds, all in a secure and reliable manner.
From the world’s #1 database to enterprise cloud applications, Oracle has a long-standing reputation for technology innovation along with its cloud-first, customer-centric strategy that empowers organizations to address demanding business issues.
Oracle Cloud infrastructure platforms are consistently rated as industry-leading and innovative by customers, delivering a truly differentiated enterprise-level cloud platform with complete, full-stack offerings that offer unmatched reliability and performance.
EMQ’s commitment to IoT data connectivity, combined with the efficiency of Oracle Cloud infrastructure, will deliver a higher level of resilience, security, and scalability for critical IoT business processes.
“Becoming an OPN member is the starting point of a robust, long-term relationship with Oracle,” said Feng Lee, founder and CEO of EMQ. “EMQ will join forces with Oracle to introduce more co-created, seamless, cloud-based IoT solutions for our mutual customers, accelerating their cloud journey and digital transformation. We are looking forward to bringing our shared vision to uncharted heights.”
EMQ will enhance its offerings through the Oracle ecosystem and work closely with Oracle’s experts to validate their joint IoT connectivity solutions.
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Accelalpha, a portfolio company of Century Park Capital Partners, announced today that is has completed the acquisition of Frontera Consulting, a leader in implementation and management of Oracle Cloud applications. The combination expands the geographic reach of both firms’ consulting services and managed services, while broadening their solution delivery capabilities and industry expertise.
Founded in 2008, Frontera was one of the first Oracle Partners to focus on Oracle Cloud applications, implementing the first ever Fusion Financials client in North America. Since then, Frontera has developed capabilities and certifications in ERP, EPM, PPM, HCM, and SCM, as well as Oracle Integration Cloud. Frontera has grown to develop deep expertise and a strong reputation within the Financial Services, Professional Services, Public Sector, Telecommunications, and Media & Entertainment industry verticals and has a strong presence in the U.S. and U.K.
The Frontera transaction marks the seventh acquisition by Century Park in the Technology Services sector and the fourth acquisition for Accelalpha. Tony Trevino, Principal at Century Park Capital Partners, commented, “We’re delighted to join forces with the Frontera team as we continue to expand our geographic reach and capabilities around mission critical applications for our enterprise customer base. We look forward to seeing what Frontera and Accelalpha can accomplish together.”
Kevin Beyer, Managing Partner at Frontera, will continue to lead the Frontera operating unit within the Accelalpha family. Beyer said, “The combined organization of Frontera and Accelalpha creates a leading global consulting service provider with the ability to deliver a broader set of Oracle Cloud solutions and a depth of targeted industry knowledge. The two companies are an outstanding fit, geographically, technically, and culturally.”
Nat Ganesh, Accelalpha CEO, concluded, “I have admired Frontera’s capabilities and reputation for a long time and we are excited to finally join forces with a great organization. The combination of Accelalpha and Frontera will bolster our market leadership as an organization that can implement, integrate, and manage all of the Oracle Cloud applications end-to-end to deliver comprehensive digital transformation solutions for our clients across the globe.”
Accelalpha is a leader in solving critical business challenges through a unique combination of industry insight, technology depth, and a world-class team with an unmatched level of experience and domain expertise. Accelalpha leverages its expertise in end-to-end enterprise solution implementations to help companies build integrated logistic capabilities, optimize sales processes, modernize the supply chain, and realize benefits of the cloud. Our rigorous, result-oriented approach to developing solutions allows us to deliver tangible results in a shorter time frame. Accelalpha is recognized by Fortune as a best small and medium workplace and certified as a great place to work. For more information on Accelalpha, please visit www.accelalpha.com.
Frontera Consulting is a leading provider of business and technology consulting services to global organizations. Collaborating closely with our clients, we create transformational solutions to meet business needs and drive performance. Our mission is to create long-lasting value for our clients through the innovative use of technology and process expertise, earning the role of trusted advisor. Frontera is headquartered in New York, with operations in London and Hong Kong, and a development center in India. For more information on Frontera, please visit www.fronteraconsulting.net.
About Century Park:
Century Park Capital Partners is a Los Angeles-based private equity group established in 2000 that invests in family businesses, owner-operated firms and corporate divestitures with the purpose of accelerating growth and transforming these companies into leading industry players. We specialize in acquiring strategically well-positioned yet under-resourced middle market companies with identifiable potential for value creation. We leverage our C-level executive partners (“Century Leaders”) in targeted sectors to build an investment thesis, evaluate opportunities, and lead portfolio companies through the value creation process. We further support our investments with proven operational and best practice initiatives, led by our Operating Team, including buy-and-build acquisition integration programs and infrastructure additions. For more information on Century Park, please visit www.centuryparkcapital.com.
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It was inevitable in a multicloud world that cloud providers would begin to combine services into a seamless whole for customers, and two major information technology industry heavyweights took a step in that direction this month.
Oracle Corp. and Microsoft Corp. jointly announced the availability of Oracle Database Service for Microsoft Azure on Wednesday, an alliance that will provide Azure Cloud customers with direct streamlined access on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, or OCI. With the new arrangement, Azure users can provision and monitor Oracle Database Services in OCI. Customers can also build applications on Azure and connect to Oracle services, such as Autonomous Database.
The announcement stemmed from a common set of customers and continued enterprise interest in multicloud solutions, according to one Oracle executive.
“Microsoft and Oracle share a massive enterprise customer base,” said Karan Batta (pictured, left), vice president of product management at OCI for Oracle. “The same customers that are using Office 365 are the same customers storing their mission-critical data on Oracle Database. Multicloud has become the right approach for a lot of our customers to be able to run applications across different cloud providers in a very simplistic manner. With this new announcement, we’re reducing the complexity of connecting things together.”
Batta spoke with Dave Vellante, industry analyst for SiliconANGLE Media’s livestreaming video studio theCUBE, in an exclusive interview. He was joined by Kris Rice (right), vice president of software development at Oracle Database, and they discussed specifics of the announcement and how cloud providers will continue to enhance the multicloud model.
The latest announcement built on a previous alliance formed by the two companies three years ago. In 2019, Microsoft unveiled Oracle Interconnect for Azure, a service that enabled interoperability between the two clouds.
“The feedback we got from customers was it was a great step in the right direction, but they needed more,” Batta said. “This experience builds on top of the physical interconnect on the data center side by giving customers an Azure like experience that allows them to deploy Oracle databases in a cohesive fashion with their Azure applications.”
What that means for Azure customers is an opportunity to take full advantage of Oracle’s various services, including its flagship Autonomous Database. Oracle released a number of enhancements to its Autonomous offering in March that enabled organizations to consolidate apps and databases on high-performance cloud infrastructure.
“The initial offering is going to have all flavors of the Oracle Database Cloud,” Rice noted. “It’s going to include Autonomous right out of the gate. For customers that want to kick the tires on an Oracle database link with Azure, there’s no faster path than using Autonomous.”
Through the latest alliance with Microsoft, Oracle believes that it is moving beyond the common understanding of a multicloud model. Multicloud usually means multivendor, but this month’s news provides a bridge in the services those vendors can provide and extends IT functionality.
“A lot of customers consider themselves multicloud if they’re leveraging two clouds,” Rice said. “What we are talking about is a multicloud workload where a compute node on cloud ‘A’ is talking to a database on Oracle. Then you get into the observability of the stack so you can monitor and react to how things are going.”
The new service is designed to allow Azure users to connect with their OCI tenancy through only a few mouse clicks. Links between the two cloud environments are automatically configured, creating a more seamless experience for users.
“What other cloud providers can do is make sure they provide experiences that obfuscate all of the plumbing under the covers so the customer doesn’t have to learn new things,” Batta said. “It’s removing the complexity of learning new clouds; that’s the biggest challenge that customers have. They can focus on their business value, which is running the app and running the database.”
What businesses don’t want to spend time on is dealing with support issues. When Oracle and Microsoft unveiled Interconnect three years ago, the two firms laid the groundwork for a customer support network.
“Building on the Interconnect from 2019, we have that collaborative support model,” Rice noted. “In this new console that we’ve built, you can log a ticket and immediately both sides will be aware of the context and what’s going on so we can resolve problems.”
Interconnect saw adoption by approximately 300 organizations across 11 global regions, according to Oracle. This is the kind of growth that bodes well for future joint initiatives as customers continue to embrace a multicloud world.
“The capability that we’ve built isn’t specific to Azure,” Batta said. “I think it will be in the best interest of all the cloud providers to just work together in the future.”
Here’s the complete video interview, one of many CUBE Conversations from SiliconANGLE and theCUBE:
WorkForce Software wins the Visionary Award for ISV Partner of the Year, an Oracle Cloud HCM HR Heroes Award, by changing the way customers benefit from greater automation, productivity, and efficiency through the use of cloud technology.
LIVONIA, Mich., Aug. 4, 2022 /CNW/ -- WorkForce Software, the first global provider of integrated employee experience and workforce management solutions, announced today that it has been recognized in the Oracle Cloud HCM HR Heroes Awards as the winner of the Visionary Award for the HCM ISV Partner of the Year category. This award celebrates the most innovative technology solution that complements Oracle Fusion Cloud Human Capital Management (HCM) and transforms the customer experience.
For large employers with unique workforce needs such as substantial union, hourly or shift-based employee teams, the WorkForce Suite, powered by Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), is one of the most reliable, performant, and secure cloud platforms available in the market today. WorkForce Software has one hundred percent of their resources dedicated to delivering modern workforce management solutions for global enterprises—fully focused on innovation and customer value. WorkForce Software is ISO 27001, ISO 27017, ISO 27018, and ISO 27701 certified and EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliant making it an ideal workforce management solution for global employers. With pre-built integrations to HR and payroll systems, WorkForce Software delivers functionally rich workforce management capabilities without compromise while helping eliminate exposure to compliance risk.
The past year has presented a unique set of challenges for global employers and employees alike. Employers are navigating continued labor shortages, increased expenses, retention challenges, shifts to remote work, changing employee demands, and demands for progress on worker safety and diversity, equity and inclusion. Many outdated systems, processes, and previous technology investment decisions are hampering progress, driving more organizations to seek a technology solution that connects their workforce to the business – even those working in frontline positions often without corporate email access. The 2021 Oracle Cloud HCM HR Heroes Award recognizes WorkForce Software for its innovative solutions to digitally transform its customers' employee communications and make work more human by leveraging Oracle Cloud HCM running on OCI.
"It takes a visionary to deliver solutions that can help organizations become more resilient, flexible, and positioned for the future," said Yvette Cameron, senior vice president of global product strategy, Oracle Cloud HCM. "WorkForce Software is changing the way customers work with greater automation, and efficiency through the use of technology and we congratulate them on their Oracle Cloud HCM HR Heroes Award win."
"We are thrilled to be recognized by Oracle as their ISV Partner of the Year, especially in a time where there have been such dramatic changes to the way people work." said WorkForce Software CEO Mike Morini. "The WorkForce Suite, powered by OCI, is a comprehensive modern workforce management solution. With customers reporting up to 40 percent performance improvements from deployments in the Oracle cloud, it is essential that every business is executing on their cloud migration strategy to achieve operational efficiency and agility necessary for businesses to remain competitive."
WorkForce Software and its WorkForce Suite were also recently reognized by industry analyst groups with distinguished honors including, WorkForce Software earning the leadership position in Nucleus Research's 2022 Workforce Management Technology Value Matrix report, ranking higher than all other software providers; WorkForce Software was named Champion in SoftwareReviews' Workforce Management Emotional Footprint report for the enterprise market, surpassing all other vendors; WorkForce Software was honored as the Gold STEVIE® award winner in 2022 American Business Awards® for Innovation of the Year – Business Products Industries; The Company's employees ranked them highest to earn WorkForce Software honors alongside Microsoft and Amazon in Comparably's Annual Ranking of Top Companies for having the best product and design departments; WorkForce Software was named a Gold Winner in the Most Innovative Company of the Year Best in Biz Awards 2021 for the Company's innovative and modern workforce management and employee experience platform; WorkForce Software was a Winner in the 2021 Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Technology Awards and received top honors for product innovation and value realized by its customers with its modern workforce management and integrated employee experience platform in the 'Best Advance in Emerging Workforce Management' category; WorkForce Software was also recognized by Ventana Research as Exemplary Value Index Leader for creating the best customer experience and delivering the best return on investment to its global customers.
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WorkForce Software is the first global provider of workforce management solutions with integrated employee experience capabilities. The company's WorkForce Suite adapts to each organization's needs—no matter how unique their pay rules, labor regulations, and schedules—while delivering a breakthrough employee experience at the time and place work happens. Enterprise-grade and future-ready, WorkForce Software is helping some of the world's most innovative organizations optimize their workforce, protect against compliance risks, and increase employee engagement to unlock new potential for resiliency and optimal performance. Whether your employees are deskless or office workers, unionized, full-time, part-time, or seasonal, WorkForce Software makes managing your global workforce easy, less costly, and more rewarding for everyone. For more information, please visit www.workforcesoftware.com.
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Oracle Corp. today announced plans to expand its OCI cloud platform by launching sovereign cloud regions in the European Union.
A region is the industry term for a cluster of data centers located in the same area. Oracle’s upcoming sovereign cloud regions are data centers located in the EU that are intended to host sensitive workloads for private and public sector organizations.
The facilities will “host data and applications that are sensitive, regulated, or of strategic regional importance,” Scott Twaddle, vice president of OCI product, industries and partners at Oracle, detailed in a blog post.
Some enterprises are subject to regulations that require them to store data in the jurisdiction where that data was generated. Government agencies often have similar requirements. The new sovereign cloud regions that Oracle is building will enable the company to better support such customers.
“As a general policy, OCI already does not move customer content from the regions our customers select for their workloads,” Twaddle wrote. “OCI’s sovereign cloud extends this practice by restricting operations and customer support responsibilities to EU residents. These sovereign cloud regions are also designed to further enable customers to demonstrate alignment with relevant EU regulations and guidance.”
Oracle plans to launch the sovereign cloud regions next year. The first data centers are set to come online in Germany and Spain. According to Oracle, the data centers will operate separately from its existing OCI cloud regions in the EU at both the hardware and software level.
Though they are designed to operate separately from the rest of the OCI platform, the upcoming sovereign cloud regions will offer all the services available in Oracle’s existing data centers. Pricing will be the same as well. Oracle furthermore plans to provide access to its Oracle Support Rewards savings program.
Another offering set to become available in the sovereign cloud regions is Oracle’s EURA service. The service helps customers ensure that their data remains in the EU. EURA also provides certain other features, such as the ability to remove important records from a dataset stored in a production environment before moving it to a nonproduction environment.
Some Oracle customers use EURA together with the company’s Oracle Fusion Cloud Applications product suite. Oracle Fusion Cloud Applications is a collection of software products used for important business tasks such as supply chain management. According to the company, deployments of the suite that use EURA will be migrated to the new sovereign cloud regions.
“As companies and governments move more mission critical workloads to cloud, there is increasing demand for protection of sensitive data in public clouds that span national borders and jurisdictions,” Twaddle wrote. “Countries and jurisdictions are placing more requirements on data within their borders, and organizations are asking their global cloud providers for more transparency and control over how and where their data is stored, handled and secured.”
Oracle currently maintains 39 OCI cloud regions worldwide. In addition to simplifying regulatory compliance for its customers, operating data centers in multiple locations helps Oracle provide lower latency. The closer a cloud facility is located to an enterprise customer’s on-premises data center, the faster information can travel between the two locations.
Oracle regularly builds new data centers to expand its cloud platform. In the EU, the company has so far built six OCI regions. The data centers are located in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris, Marseille, Milan and Stockholm.