Oracle is boosting its cloud platform with 12 new global regions and autonomous capabilities as it tries to regain ground following a disappointing quarter for Oracle cloud services and continues to lag behind Microsoft and Amazon Web Services.
At its CloudWorld event in New York on Monday, Oracle president Mark Hurd said that enterprises are not going to want to bring the same level of complication as their on-premise infrastructure to the cloud, and that automation is going to help them simplify their IT investments by cutting down on labor costs and driving efficiency, following a broader trend among cloud services vendors who are using machine learning to capture more customers.
Oracle executives were brought on stage throughout the keynote to demonstrate new capabilities in Oracle cloud services centered around automation, including expansion of its Oracle Cloud Platform Autonomous Services beyond the Oracle Autonomous Database, which Oracle’s Larry Ellison spoke about in September. He said the self-healing database, which automates patching cycles, could prevent companies from being the next Equifax.
Oracle will expand on this offering with multiple autonomous services in 2018, including Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud Service for analytics, Oracle Autonomous Database OLTP for transactional and mixed workloads, and Oracle Autonomous NoSQL Database. One of the other new Oracle cloud services is the Oracle Digital Assistant for users to interact across Oracle’s SaaS and PaaS services across CRM, ERP, HCM and other applications.
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The regional expansion of its Oracle cloud services footprint includes data centers in Asia, including China, India, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and South Korea, as well as Europe and North America.
While Oracle has reportedly been losing some high-profile customers from its database services, Las Vegas gaming corporation Ceasers Entertainment is relying on Oracle cloud services to bring it 100 percent in the cloud by 2020.
Caesars Entertainment CEO Mark P. Frissora, who spoke during the event keynote today, said much of the company’s legacy systems are some 40 years old, and understandably unable to handle the modern demands of data analytics and supply chain management.
It has been replacing old systems with cloud services from Oracle, including its human capital management system (HCM), an upgrade which has accounted for significant savings. With its old system, its costs were upwards of $15 million per year; those costs are now closer to $3 million, he said.
One of the biggest lessons of Caesars’ digitization has been resisting overcomplicating the transition, Frissora said.
“It’s so important that if you are going to do change, you don’t do any customization,” he said. “[With Oracle], the implementation went flawlessly, there were no hiccups.”
Oracle will need a lot more of these Oracle cloud services success stories to come closer to competing with cloud leaders Microsoft and AWS. But if its investments in autonomous capabilities and other areas like containers continue, it could push past the “minimum viable product” label Gartner gave it last year and meet analyst expectations for its cloud growth.