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Oracle Expands Cloud Platform for High-Performance Apps

Oracle releases upgrades to their cloud platform for better and more efficient enterprise application development.

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By Elizabeth O'Dowd

- Oracle announced new enhancements to the Oracle Cloud Platform to encourage users to move business critical applications to the cloud by delivering differentiated database performance for organizations of all sizes, and deeply integrated infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) capabilities.

The new Oracle Cloud Platform upgrades make it easier for organizations to deploy business critical operations to the cloud with the Oracle Database Cloud Service on bare metal compute and new virtual machine (VM) compute on the same low-latency, high performance IaaS platform.

"These latest investments in the Oracle Cloud Platform provide a clear path to develop, test, and scale applications – with the Oracle Database or third-party databases. We offer customers the most comprehensive approach to moving to the cloud and accelerating their business strategies," said Thomas Kurian, president, product development, Oracle.

"Oracle provides the broadest and strongest choice of relational database cloud services that are 100 percent compatible with applications deployed on-premises, making it easy for customers to seamlessly move enterprise workloads to the cloud."

The Oracle Database cloud functions on both bare metal compute and virtualized servers for development, testing and enterprise workload deployment. Oracle also allows customers running Oracle Database on their new IaaS platform to achieve faster performance for mission-critical data warehousing and transactional database workloads.

Oracle also released new IaaS services for the Oracle Cloud Platform to support web-scale and enterprise applications, offering one, two, and four-core virtual machine shapes running on the virtual cloud network as bare-metal compute shapes and object storage. The new load balancing services supports a wide range of application traffic  for high availability and security needs.

The healthcare industry is moving towards mobile health (mHealth) initiatives making applications a vital part of health IT infrastructure.

Over the past year, the healthcare industry has seen venture capital funding nearly doubled for mhealth technology with mobile application far and away the most invested in healthcare technology of 2016.

Cloud solutions such as Oracle’s latest updates allow organizations develop and test their apps more efficiently and deploying them sooner.

Healthcare applications have also been reported to have a significant return on investment (ROI) helping organizations be more efficient and save money. A Red Hat survey conducted late last year found that 82 percent of healthcare organizations have implemented a mobile strategy, with 78 percent receiving a positive ROI from mobile applications. The generally positive financial outcome of healthcare mobile applications indicates a spike in future healthcare app development with 36 percent of respondents intending to develop additional apps over the next year.

While the Red Hat survey indicates that healthcare organizations are using many different tools to develop applications, a full cloud environment is needed to successfully support, manage, and deploy the multiple healthcare applications common among healthcare institutions.

"mFrontiers provides enterprise mobility management as a cloud service for enterprise customers. We find the Oracle Cloud Platform to be easy to use and truly elastic for provisioning and scaling out to additional customers. We're especially impressed by the ability to scale Oracle Database performance up or down on Oracle IaaS, without interruption, a key requirement to maximize efficiency and availability," said Michael Ottoman, president and COO at mFrontiers.

An elastic cloud environment gives IT control over the applications and their users and allows them to scale up or down ass needed per application.

With its new enhancements, Oracle aims to give enterprise-level organizations better control and visibility over their cloud environment as more applications are tested, built and deployed.


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