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What does Oracle's announcements at Oracle Open World regarding its offerings of IaaS and managed on-premise cloud have in common with its SaaS and PaaS offerings?

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F5 and Oracle have a long history of collaboration and development of strategic solutions. While many might be aware of such collaborative solutions for specific Oracle products, F5 is also intimately involved with Oracle's cloud offerings – including its latest entries into the market.oracle-cloud-f5

At Oracle Open World, Oracle announced two additional offerings in the cloud space: IaaS and a managed, on-premise Oracle Private Cloud service.


Oracle will own and manage the infrastructure as it's installed on the customer's site, behind their firewall, with fees paid as a monthly charge according to usage. Extra capacity could be added flexibly, and Oracle's public IaaS could also provide excess headroom, Ellison said.

Ellison also stressed that the Oracle Private Cloud is able to run other Oracle software besides Fusion Applications, such as E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft and Siebel.

-- Oracle plans IaaS to compete with Amazon Web Services

Oracle, famous for its grid technology, has combined grid with the notion of "pods" which, if you're familiar with virtualization technology, should sound familiar. In Oracle-speak, a pod is a modular set of resources that expands in specific capacity groups or unit sizes.

Pods are great as a modular system that allows growth in specific unit sizes. They need to be spec'ed to be the right size from the start, if they are too large then there is a lot of waste of nodes not being used, if they are too small then the core switch will run out of ports.

-- Why Pod based grid designs?

Each pod comprises a specific set of infrastructure, middleware, and/or application resources (depending on whether it's focused on IaaS, PaaS, or SaaS). With each pod that comprises Oracle's various cloud offerings comes a matched set of F5 BIG-IP 8900s with BIG-IP Global Traffic Manager (GTM), Local Traffic Manager (LTM) and Application Security Manager (ASM) providing critical infrastructure services like global server load balancing, SSL offload, and application security.

One of Oracle's core architectural design principles is to ensure that every clock tick of compute is used to execute business logic, and to that end BIG-IP LTM is a huge boon in terms of its ability to offload SSL in addition to load balancing and delivery optimization services. By designating LTM to handle SSL termination, compute is freed up to focus on application logic, not encryption and decryption processing that is much more efficiently managed by BIG-IP and accelerated by taking advantage of focused hardware. Customers benefit in terms of great performance.

Levering ASM provides customers of all environments with application layer security that protects against malicious code and attempted misuse of resources. Whether PaaS or SaaS or IaaS, ASM provides the flexibility to defend against well-known, established exploits like SQLi and XSS while simultaneously supporting the ability to rapidly respond to 0-day exploits, effectively shutting them down while long term mitigations are explored.

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