Oracle Delivers ‘Hybrid Integration’ with Latest Oracle Cloud PaaS Updates
Later this month, Oracle will reveal the next wave of offerings for its enterprise-class cloud platform. The Oracle Cloud PaaS ‘all-in-one’ configurable platform delivers a smart and flexible option for achieving any-to-any hybrid integration – across on-premises and cloud for apps, data and even processes. IDN talks with Oracle’s Amit Zavery.
by Vance McCarthy
senior vice president
"As the cloud gains more ground, customers are asking us for not just hybrid clouds, but for solutions for hybrid integration."
Integration & Web APIs
Later this month, Oracle will reveal the next wave of offerings for its enterprise-class cloud platform. The Oracle Cloud PaaS ‘all-in-one’ configurable platform delivers a smart and flexible option for achieving any-to-any hybrid integration – across on-premises and cloud for apps, data and even processes.
“This enterprise movement to cloud needs to have a whole platform, not just a collection of discreet integrations,” Amit Zavery, Oracle’s senior vice president of products, told IDN. “The stack needs to be very comprehensive.”
Enter the Oracle Cloud PaaS, which debuted last year. The next wave of services, including for integration, will be unveiled by Oracle’s executive chairman Larry Ellison at a major online event on June 22.
Oracle Cloud PaaS is designed to be “an extensible platform can that can offer easy and one-stop access” to more than a dozen enterprise-class class services to unify valuable apps and data, Zavery told IDN. “Users configure their own PaaS solution by using any combination of available services, including hybrid integration,” and not be stuck using a one-size-fits all cloud, Zavery said. Or worse, having to build their own cloud from multiple pieces across multiple places, he added.
Architecturally, Oracle Cloud PaaS marries a powerful cloud-based platform with more than a dozen discrete cloud-based services for app development, BI, big data, database, mobile, Internet of Things and more.
Integration and messaging services from Oracle Cloud PaaS will prove valuable to ability to deliver a new level of cloud simplicity and benefits, Zavery said. “Users [can] configure the cloud the way they need it to run to deploy, merge and manage apps, data and processes in a seamlessly integrated way no matter where they run,” he noted.
The Value of ‘Hybrid Integration’ in Oracle Cloud PaaS
Oracle’s attention to what Zavery calls “hybrid integration’ is the latest magic ingredient to Oracle Cloud PaaS’ ability to speed time-to-value.
“As the cloud gains more ground, customers are asking us for not just hybrid clouds, but for solutions for hybrid integration,” Zavery told IDN. Customers want to know how to take any of their on-premises assets and bring them in sych with those running in the cloud, he said. But requests for even deeper and smarter integrations are coming. “We’re hearing more requests from customers where they want all their data to become part of a common pipeline – and that data pipeline should be in real-time where required,” he said.
To respond, Oracle Cloud PaaS delivers application middleware, as well as intelligent data integration services that can recognize, understand and connect data together,” Zavery said.
For example, Oracle Integration Cloud Service (OICS) offers a library of intelligent data connectors to link on-premises and cloud-based apps and data.
These do more than connect endpoints via web services or APIs, Zavery said. “We believe not all data connectors are built equally,” Zavery said. “Many [iPaaS] vendors for example have a long list of connectors, but most of them are just ‘read data’ or ‘write data’ – nothing beyond that. We have a much more intimate knowledge of data at both ends, which takes a lot of pain and cost out of data integration,” he added.
“After we expose [data] we also do a lot of valuable data prep, including transformations, data wrangling and even ensuring data is not duplicated,” he said. “For more detail, I can also drill down into the objects,” Zavery said.
Further, OICS connectors can speed up the accurate deployment of data integrations. Because OICS is a service that runs atop of Oracle Cloud PaaS, users can do testing, profiling, time-outs and retrys to make sure data flows the way it is supposed to among on-prem or cloud-based apps, he added.
OICS data connectors are also designed to deliver what Zavery called ‘awareness’ to each of the apps and datasets they are connecting together.
“The ability to give awareness requires many technologies, and they are included in our connectors. The connector SDK, in fact, delivers developers 70-80% of what they’ll need to build a high-performance custom connector between apps (on-premises or cloud). “We use the SDK ourselves, in fact, with our internal [Oracle] developers building connectors. We have also seen our partners build one in as little as two weeks,” he added. Connectors also give users access to popular unstructured data feeds, such as Twitter.
From one location, users can employ OICS to speed up the SaaS adoption with smart connectors, auto-assisted data mapping, (with the Oracle Recommends repository of proven mappings) and end-to-end visibility.
Further, to monitor, manage and wire performance [SLAs] and business metrics [KPIs], integration professionals can access Oracle Messaging Cloud Service for reliable communication between software components. Users can send and receive messages from both on-premises and cloud using standard interfaces (JMS, RESTful APIs, etc.) for dynamic, automated business workflows.
Beyond OICS and OMS, Zavery shared other examples of how ‘hybrid integration” will help other app and data stakeholders. One notable one is that because integration and messaging are available as part of Oracle Cloud PaaS, it can enhance other cloud-based services – and help integration, app and data stakeholders work more closely together, Zavery said.
- For developers. Oracle ‘hybrid integration’ will work in consort with Oracle Cloud PaaS’ Java Cloud Services. This will further promote easy, rapid and agile deployment of any Java application. “Users can see how different apps and datasets can be integrated to run together in real-world environments,” Zavery said. They can also better determine how to manage the whole integrated instance for accurate provisioning and best performance, he added.
- For data professionals. Oracle ‘hybrid integration’ will work with Oracle Cloud PaaS’ DaaS (database as a service) to deliver faster and simpler test and quicker set-up and deployments. Data Prep and Data Discovery services are available. “Users can go to the Oracle Cloud PaaS and deploy the same artifacts, the same code, the same integration patterns they’ve been using all along [on-premises]. That’s a big differentiator for us,” Zavery added.
- For data management and data integrity. Oracle ‘hybrid integration’ services are compliant with Oracle Cloud PaaS delivers security, performance, HA [high-availability] and resilience, Zavery added. Cloud-based data centers running Oracle Cloud PaaS platform complies with many data privacy directives, including HIPAA and ISO 27001.
- For analytics, users can ingest data with Hadoop or into a traditional data warehouse for use with BI or analytics programs, thanks to Oracle Cloud PaaS working with the Golden Gate Cloud Service.
Given all these integration-enabling benefits, we asked Zavery to describe how Oracle’s ‘hybrid integration’ architecture differs from other PaaS or iPaaS models.
“As one example, Salesforce.com’s Force.com is proprietary; it uses a lot of non-standard technologies. Oracle Cloud PaaS uses Java and Node.js, so developers don’t have to give up using the tools they’ve used for many years. Also, we make the learning curve for moving to the cloud pretty much zero, because what they’ve been using on-premises they can use for the cloud as well.”
It also makes it easier for users to configure a cloud to meets all the requirements – from one location. “While many enterprises use Amazon or AWS, we’ve also found enterprise customers often want features that just aren’t there always,” he said. “Adding those services can be complicated, if not impossible.”
“We want to let the enterprise be able to build, run and manage their assets from anywhere, and give them better ways to shift between on-premise, cloud, whatever,” he said. “The key to understanding Oracle Cloud PaaS is to know that we, at Oracle, aren’t pushing any model. We simply want to enable any choice – and do it as easy as possible,” he said.
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