Leading energy company will run several Oracle utility applications on OCI to Improve IT efficiencies, lower cost, and support its aggressive sustainability goals
AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Oracle today announced that the Exelon Corporation, the nation's largest transmission and distribution utility company, is moving its cloud-first vision forward with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). By moving several of its Oracle utility applications to OCI, Exelon will be able to further meet its sustainability goals by consolidating data centers, reducing costs, and continuing to deliver on its strong record of customer satisfaction.
"Exelon is a leader in the utility market who has long been at the forefront of investing in technologies that create a better experience for its customers while also being proactive in achieving important sustainability goals," said Rodger Smith, senior vice president and general manager of Oracle Energy and Water. "The move to OCI is a natural progression of Oracle's work with Exelon to help the company continue to meet its aggressive growth, cost-efficiency, and net-zero by 2050 commitments."
Exelon serves more than 10 million customers in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic United States through six fully regulated transmission and distribution utilities.
"Our mission is to deliver the clean, reliable, and affordable energy needed to create a brighter, more sustainable future," said Michael Menendez, vice president of IT Architecture & Engineering, Exelon Corporation. "Oracle has supported this mission by innovating with Exelon across critical pieces of our operations - from energy efficiency to customer service. Oracle's unique utility and back-office applications combined with the price, performance, and security of OCI is a powerful combination that will continue to help us scale our cloud-first strategy."
From the cloud to carbon reduction and customer care
Accenture, a long-time digital transformation partner of Exelon, will help the company move a number of integral applications to the cloud. These include Oracle's customer information system (CIS) and meter data management solutions. The CIS application, in conjunction with Oracle CX solutions, is currently being used across several of the Exelon utilities, providing a single view of the customer that helps Exelon foster a better, more personalized experience – from service call interactions to accurate billing. Likewise, meter data management is helping Exelon capture smart meter data to optimize its use to help support its core operations, energy reliability, and customer innovation. In addition, by leveraging the Oracle Support Rewards, Exelon will be able to shift key applications to OCI for better performance, availability, and security - all for a lower cost.
"Evolving customer and employee expectations make delivering impactful, sustainable experiences a critical imperative," said Laurence Bellenguez, the Accenture Oracle Business Group Industry lead for North America. "OCI, coupled with Accenture's technology and industry expertise, is helping Exelon reimagine its employee and customer experience – providing more personalized interactions and significant operational efficiencies, with sustainability at its core."
Exelon is also taking advantage of the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Resident Architect Program, a highly personalized service designed to streamline adoption and successful use of OCI based on Exelon's specific workloads. With the Resident Architect Program, Exelon is supported by a dedicated team of Oracle Enterprise Cloud Architects and certified to augment its existing team and provide deep industry expertise and broad technical OCI proficiency.
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Oracle ORCL and Teléfonos de México (TELMEX) recently announced a partnership to jointly offer Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) services to customers across Mexico, whereby TELMEX-Triara will become the host partner for the second planned Oracle Cloud Region in Mexico.
OCI’s next-generation architecture provides a high-performing, resilient foundation for cloud services, while its physical and virtual network design maximizes performance and security.
OCI’s extensive network of more than 70 regional and global FastConnect partners provides customers with dedicated connectivity to Oracle Cloud regions, OCI, and Oracle Fusion Cloud Applications services, giving them the best options globally.
TELMEX-Triara will become one of the first telecommunications operators in Latin America and Mexico to offer OCI services to organizations in the region.
With the Oracle Cloud Querétaro Region already available and a second planned region in Mexico, Oracle will be able to help Mexican organizations with business continuity while enabling them to address their data residency and compliance requirements.
As part of its ongoing focus on sustainability, Oracle is committed to powering all worldwide Oracle Cloud regions with 100% renewable energy by 2025, including the Querétaro region.
Oracle announced the latest version of Oracle Communications EAGLE Equipment Identity Register, which allows authenticating only subscriber-specific information. This latest version could aid to prevent and curb phone theft in Latin American regions.
Communications service providers, committed to combating phone theft and improving customer service, are looking to implement databases to deactivate lost or stolen mobile devices. By disabling devices and keeping them inoperable on mobile networks around the world, operators can protect customers and help reduce criminals' incentive to steal.
This product allows operators to include the IMEI (international mobile equipment identity) codes of stolen devices, which are the only ones that correspond to specific terminals, in a blacklist that prevents them from operating on the network. It connects to the GSMA-maintained IMEI database, which is stored in the CEIR and acts as a central system for network operators to share information about stolen devices to prevent them from operating on a network.
Oracle is striving hard to strengthen its position in the lucrative cloud space. As part of Oracle’s planned expansion of its cloud region footprint to support strong customer demand for OCI and Oracle Fusion Cloud Applications services worldwide, Oracle aims to open additional cloud regions in Colombia, Chile, and Israel, and plans to offer at least 44 cloud regions.
In first-quarter 2023, Oracle's total quarterly revenues were up 18% year over year, largely due to a 14% increase in cloud services and license support subscriptions. Total cloud services and license revenues for the quarter hit $8.4 billion — driven by Oracle Fusion Cloud, Oracle Autonomous Database and OCI Gen 2.
An expanding clientele is enabling the company to maintain its leading position in the cloud ERP market. The healthy adoption of cloud-based applications, comprising NetSuite Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Fusion ERP and Fusion Human Capital Management (HCM) bodes well for the long term.
Apart from Oracle, the HCM space is dominated by the likes of Workday WDAY, SAP SE SAP and Automatic Data Processing ADP.
SAP’s SuccessFactors Solutions suite is the mainstay of the company’s HCM solutions. Last year, the company added a new cloud-based solution— the SAP SuccessFactors Time Tracking — to the SAP SuccessFactors Human Experience Management solutions portfolio.
Workday’s top line is being driven by high demand for its HCM and financial management solutions. Some of the notable HCM deal wins for Workday include Novartis, DraftKings, and CTBC Bank.
Automatic Data Processing is one of the leading names in the cloud-based HCM solutions space. The company has expanded its footprint in the HCM market through multiple acquisitions that include Celergo, WorkMarket, and The Marcus Buckingham Company.
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Oracle Corp. has opened the doors to its first-ever Oracle Cloud Infrastructure region in Spain to meet the rapidly growing demands that country has for enterprise cloud services, the database giant said today.
Located in Spain’s capital Madrid, the new region becomes Oracle’s 40th globally, and its seventh in the European Union, adding to existing regions such as London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Zurich, Marseille, Stockholm and Milan. The region will provide Spanish organizations with easier access to the company’s full range of cloud services, Oracle said, helping them modernize their business applications and better innovate with data and analytics.
Oracle has been investing billions of dollars to expand its cloud infrastructure presence, believing it a necessary step to further its growth in the public cloud computing space. The cloud infrastructure business is the company’s main driver of growth these days, and has helped it to expand its revenue at a time when many of its rivals are struggling to do so.
Oracle’s cloud infrastructure regions are data centers that make available computing resources to customers on an as-a-service basis. Within each Oracle cloud region there are three fault domains, or isolated hardware deployments that each come with their own power supply. That gives customers a way to spread workloads across multiple domains to ensure high availability, while simultaneously ensuring that sensitive data remains in the EU region.
Oracle’s general manager of Spain, Albert Triola, said there are numerous local organizations and public institutions looking to take advantage of the capabilities of cloud computing, with a view to establishing the country as a leader in technology-driven innovation. “With the opening of the Oracle Cloud Madrid Region, we’re reinforcing our commitment to help our customers take advantage of the best cloud technologies while enabling the highest security standards, availability and performance,” he said.
The Madrid region will support more than 100 Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services, including the unique converged database capabilities of Oracle Autonomous Database and Oracle MySQL HeatWave, the company said. This provides a complete set of cloud services that can help Spanish organizations to Improve their information technology and operational efficiency, obtain faster insights from data, and deploy cloud-native applications.
Oracle said it has set itself a goal of powering all of its global cloud regions with 100% renewable energy by 2025. The new Madrid region is already running on 100% renewables, Oracle said.
Powered by Oracle Cloud, Imperva Data Security Fabric Helps Secure and Accelerate Migrations to the Cloud
SAN MATEO, Calif., October 13, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Imperva, Inc., (@Imperva) a cybersecurity leader whose mission is to protect data and all paths to it, announces that Imperva is extending its award-winning, hybrid data security platform to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) to help customers simplify migration, and automate compliance monitoring of cloud data instances. Imperva Data Security Fabric (DSF) has achieved Powered by Oracle Cloud Expertise status and is now available on Oracle Cloud Marketplace, offering added value to Oracle Cloud customers.
Imperva DSF provides unified data-centric security controls across the entire data estate offering scalability and simpler infrastructure. Through a single interface, Imperva Data Security Fabric helps discover and protect sensitive data types, including structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data, as enterprise customers migrate from globally dispersed data centers to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. In addition, Imperva DSF supports several Oracle Database versions including Oracle Database 19c, and Oracle Database 21c, as well as Oracle Autonomous Transaction Processing (ATP) and Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse (ADW). Imperva is also a member of Oracle Partner Network (OPN).
"The cloud represents a huge opportunity for our partner community," said David Hicks, group vice president, Worldwide ISV Cloud Business Development, Oracle. "Imperva’s commitment to innovation with Oracle Cloud along with knowledgeable execution can help our mutual customers deploy cloud-enabled cybersecurity solutions optimized to meet critical business needs."
"Improving the customer experience is a top business priority driving digital transformation. With customers becoming more attuned to the value of their data and the risks present as a result, organizations need to consider security and data protection as part of this transformation," said Jennifer Glenn, Research Director for the IDC Security and Trust Group. "For Oracle customers considering moving to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Imperva Data Security Fabric can provide visibility and automation across each environment, helping protect critical data at each stage of the migration."
"Imperva and Oracle have collaborated for years, helping mutual customers monitor and secure their sensitive data," says Dan Neault, SVP and GM, Data Security, Imperva. "We are excited to share that we have extended our platform to customers migrating their data to OCI with Imperva Data Security Fabric, now available in the Oracle Cloud marketplace."
Security complexity has hindered cloud agility
The cloud has revolutionized IT, offering organizations a strategic accelerator to rapidly pursue new market initiatives and adapt their operations in the face of new business challenges and opportunities. However, uncertainty about how best to overcome security risks and ensure regulatory compliance has slowed cloud adoption historically.
Significant differences between on-premises and cloud database environments have led organizations to try extending traditional database security tools to their cloud environments. Often they encounter unavoidable limitations, from the technical impossibility of installing agents on database as a service (DBaaS) deployments, to the practical limitations of directing all cloud database traffic through a proxy service. This has resulted in organizations using a patchwork of individual tools. This approach raises the likelihood of human error, unnecessarily increasing the risk of a breach or compliance failure.
Automation for many data security and regulatory compliance tasks reduces, and in some cases, may eliminate the burden placed on data security teams to manually keep compliance updates, records, and audit trails. Imperva DSF can help save time and reduce the cost of securing data by unifying security tasks including data activity monitoring, sensitive data discovery, classification, compliance, risk analytics, and threat detection.
Powered by Oracle Cloud, Imperva DSF provides information security leaders with an approach for enabling security, compliance and governance outcomes. Security teams can benefit by simplifying the protection of the organization’s diverse data ecosystem, with single-pane-of-glass administration, integration with other IT security investments, and broad database coverage.
About Powered by Oracle Cloud Expertise
Powered by Oracle Cloud Expertise recognizes OPN members with solutions that run on Oracle Cloud. For partners earning the Powered by Oracle Cloud Expertise, this achievement offers customers confidence that the partner's application is supported by the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure SLA, enabling full access and control over their cloud infrastructure services as well as consistent performance.
Imperva is the comprehensive digital security leader on a mission to help organizations protect their data and all paths to it. Only Imperva protects all digital experiences, from business logic to APIs, microservices, and the data layer, and from vulnerable, legacy environments to cloud-first organizations. Customers around the world trust Imperva to protect their applications, data, and websites from cyber attacks. With an integrated approach combining edge, application security, and data security, Imperva protects companies ranging from cloud-native start-ups to global multi-nationals with hybrid infrastructure. Imperva Threat Research and our global intelligence community keep Imperva ahead of the threat landscape and seamlessly integrate the latest security, privacy, and compliance expertise into our solutions.
About Oracle PartnerNetwork
Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) is Oracle’s partner program designed to enable partners to accelerate the transition to cloud and drive superior customer business outcomes. The OPN program allows partners to engage with Oracle through track(s) aligned to how they go to market: Cloud Build for partners that provide products or services built on or integrated with Oracle Cloud; Cloud Sell for partners that resell Oracle Cloud technology; Cloud Service for partners that implement, deploy and manage Oracle Cloud Services; and License & Hardware for partners that build, service or sell Oracle software licenses or hardware products. Customers can expedite their business objectives with OPN partners who have achieved Expertise in a product family or cloud service. To learn more visit: http://www.oracle.com/partnernetwork.
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Oracle Corp. is rolling out a major update to its free open-source virtualization platform, Oracle VM VirtualBox.
Announced today, Oracle VM VirtualBox 7 is a cross-platform application that enables users to create, manage and run multiple virtual machines. VMs, as they’re known, are computers whose hardware components are emulated by a host computer.
With VirtualBox, it’s possible to set up multiple VMs on a single, physical computer and use them simultaneously, along with the actual machine. Each VM can execute its own operating system, such as Microsoft Windows, Linux or MS-DOS. Users can install an almost unlimited number of VMs, with the only limitations being disk space and memory.
Oracle said the latest version of the software comes packed with new features. Some of the most compelling are full integration with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, enhanced 3D support, an automated VM builder and full VM encryption.
The updates are aimed primarily at DevOps teams, which sometimes struggle with tasks such as configuring their VMs for the underlying cloud infrastructure, managing multiple physical systems, ensuring secure encryption and working across different platforms.
By integrating VirtualBox with OCI, DevOps teams will be able to centrally manage both development and production VMs running on Oracle Cloud-powered instances using any kind of operating system. Users will be able to export a VM from any on-premises computer to OCI at the click of a button, without any need to configure the underlying infrastructure, Oracle said.
Similarly, the new automated VM builder helps to automate the creation of new VMs, saving significant time by completing the operation in less than a minute, while reducing the risk of errors during the setup process.
Meanwhile, the enhanced 3D support in VMs will enable users to leverage new capabilities such as DirectX 11 and OpenGL to run 3D applications such as computer-aided design software on VirtualBox VMs with superior performance.
On the security side, VirtualBox now offers AES 128/256-bit encryption for all VM data, logs and configuration files as default, without affecting performance, Oracle said.
Lastly, Oracle said, the new VirtualBox comes with enhanced monitoring and management tools. For the first time, teams will have access to a centralized way to monitor and manage VirtualBox VMs across both OCI and their on-premises servers. From this dashboard, teams can easily generate graphical representations showing the amount of resources used by each VM.
Clemens Alexander Schulz, director of desktop security at Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co., said Oracle’s VM VirtualBox has served as the foundation of his firm’s R&S Browser in the Box offering for several years, providing strong security through its isolation from the client’s intranet and the Windows operating system.
“The enhancements in VirtualBox 7 will help us continue to provide a unique and highly secure solution to our customers,” Schulz said. “We are particularly interested in the advanced 3D support, which can help us Improve modern 3D integrations in webpages and standalone applications – with far superior performance over competitive offerings.”
Oracle and Teléfonos de México (TELMEX) have announced an agreement to jointly offer Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) services to customers across Mexico.
Under the partnership, TELMEX-Triara will become the host partner for the second planned Oracle Cloud Region in Mexico. TELMEX-Triara will be able to offer OCI services as part of its portfolio through its cloud center of excellence, comprised of highly specialized infrastructure and Oracle applications professionals – in addition to supporting clients through professional and managed services.
The new region will support the increasing demand for cloud services in Mexico and will provide Mexican enterprises and public sector organizations with a broad set of infrastructure, platform, and application cloud services that meet the most stringent security standards. Customers can use OCI to modernize their applications and innovate with data and analytics or close their data centers completely. With the Oracle Cloud Querétaro Region already available and a second planned region in Mexico, Oracle will be able to help Mexican organizations with business continuity, their data residency and compliance requirements.
With this agreement, TELMEX-Triara will be one of the first telecommunications operators in Latin America and Mexico to offer OCI services to organizations in the region, leveraging its long-standing experience in helping customers in any industry migrate their mission-critical workloads to the cloud.
The data center stretches close to 800,000 square feet and boosts over 180,000 square feet of certified and specialized rooms. The TELMEX network is made up of more than 198,000 miles of fiber optic cables, considered one of the most extensive telecommunications networks in Mexico and Latin America. Its public and private redundant connectivity and high-speed bandwidths ensure the availability and support of solutions and applications anytime, anywhere.
Maribel Dos Santos, CEO and SVP, Oracle Mexico
We’re pleased to be working with one of Mexico’s largest telecommunications providers to bring OCI to organizations of all sizes and support their digital transformation initiatives. Together we will help boost digital innovation in Mexico and advance the Mexican government’s National Digital Strategy, which seeks to increase interoperability, digital identity, connectivity and inclusion, and digital skills.
Héctor Slim, CEO, Teléfonos de México
One of the main objectives of this alliance is to help our clients in their digital transformation process, offering a complete and differentiated portfolio with the support of leading partners. This agreement with Oracle allows us to expand our cloud services, strengthen our strategic position, and reinforce our value proposition with an industry leader.
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