Optimizing Oracle Cloud Infrastructure through Interconnection

Robert Blackburn
Optimizing Oracle Cloud Infrastructure through Interconnection

Yesterday’s Oracle CloudWorld in New York City covered everything from managing data with the world’s 1st autonomous database and humanizing customer experiences, to connecting and extending on-premises and cloud applications. In his keynote speech at the event, Oracle CEO Mark Hurd, told the audience that by 2020, more than half of all enterprise data will be managed autonomously, and will also be more secure. Hurd also said that 90% of all enterprise applications will feature integrated artificial intelligence capabilities.

Reinforcing how the cloud is transforming corporate data centers, Hurd reiterated his predictions from a year ago, which forecasted 80% of enterprise IT budgets will be spent on cloud services, with 80% of their production applications and 100% of their data residing in the cloud by 2025. Even regulated industries that want the benefits of public cloud, but can’t move all their applications and data for privacy/sovereignty reasons, are projected to bring their public cloud functionality behind firewalls and shift 50% of their production workloads to the cloud. This all harkens back to what Hurd said at this event a year ago (and still maintains today): His company expects “80% of corporate data centers to disappear by 2025.”

In my session at Oracle CloudWorld on “Optimizing Oracle Cloud Infrastructure through Interconnection,” I talked about how Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) FastConnect on the Equinix Cloud Exchange™ Fabric allows enterprises to optimize connection to Oracle Cloud, and newer innovations such as Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud, with flexible, on-demand, interconnection-enabling applications, workloads and data to operate on-premises and in the public cloud over high-performance, private and scalable connections.

Transformative technologies

The public internet was an amazing invention that changed all our lives. We take it for granted now since it is so ubiquitous, but the early engineering of the internet and bringing it to where we know it today was an amazing accomplishment.

However, the innovators of the public internet did not anticipate or design for another transformative technology that is becoming equally ubiquitous and resilient in its expanding adoption ꟷ the public cloud.

For example, the public internet method of routing all customers’ packets together in dynamically changing networks was not designed for public IaaS workload requirements such as:

  • Security: inherent security issues when customers’ data packets are mixed together on a shared network
  • Throughput: High volumes of data being generated by today’s digital businesses require scalable bandwidth that may be unavailable on a typical corporate IP service
  • Speed and Consistency: Data transmission across multiple networks place varying loads on shared network capacity and can experience inconsistent latency (delays), limiting performance and user quality of service (QoS)
  • Cost: The use of IP services, beyond what is already contracted, may drive unplanned and unnecessary costs

It’s totally possible to avoid these issues and ensure more predictable outcomes through private cloud interconnection, where the enterprise connects directly and securely to a cloud provider’s network or uses a dedicated connection from a network partner. By 2020, more than 30% of organizations will connect to cloud providers using alternatives to the public internet, which is a major increase from 5% in Q3 2017.

Cloud interconnection drives growth, performance and lowers network costs

From our founding almost 20 years ago, we’ve helped to create today’s world of global interconnection on Platform Equinix™. First focusing on interconnecting networks and ISP providers together, we formed a dynamic networking ecosystem that is more than 1,600 network service providers (NSPs) strong. We now have an equally rich cloud and IT services ecosystem of 2,750+ companies. With this critical mass of network and cloud providers, businesses in industries such as financial services, media and entertainment, online advertising, content development and delivery, SaaS and many others, come to Equinix to access their choice of network and cloud providers via direct and secure interconnection. Today, we have engagements with enterprise customers from various industries to optimize their architectures for interconnection to the network and cloud providers of their choice, maximizing their performance while minimizing their overall networking cost.

Interconnection from every industry segment has been growing significantly the past few years. Last year, the number of private, dedicated connections to the top five cloud providers inside Equinix has grown to more than 10,000 connections, with nearly 40% of those dedicated connections going through NSPs.

And, interconnection to cloud and IT service providers is expected to accelerate. According to the Global Interconnection Index, a market study published recently by Equinix, Interconnection Bandwidth is projected to grow more than fourfold from 2016 to 2020, translating into 5,000 Tbps of installed bandwidth capacity, with double-digit growth across all industries and use cases. The Index report also estimated the capacity for private data exchange between enterprises and cloud providers will grow at a 160% CAGR over the same time period.

Direct Interconnection to Oracle Cloud

At this point, I am going to turn my focus to how we enable direct and secure interconnection to one of our cloud platform partners, Oracle. As a worldwide Platinum level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork, Equinix provides dedicated, private access to Oracle Cloud over virtualized, high-bandwidth, low-latency connections via Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect and the Equinix Cloud Exchange™ (ECX) Fabric and (see diagram below), bypassing public internet entirely.


The OCI FastConnect and ECX Fabric architecture allows you to fully realize all the benefits of a hybrid cloud. You can move application and database workloads into Oracle Cloud- with high throughput and low latency, while dramatically reducing connection costs. Once connected to Oracle Virtual Cloud Network (VCN), you can group your cloud infrastructure within isolated networks by creating subnets and even assign private IPs over a state-of-the-art network. In short, Oracle VCN provides you with a level of networking control often not found in the public cloud today.

In addition, the ECX Fabric enables you to remotely access the Oracle Cloud directly or via a participating NSPs, enabled on the platform, even if those are not available in your local metro’s IBX Campus. You can even gain access to many of Oracle other cloud services such as: Oracle Database Backup, Oracle Exadata, Oracle Big Data Cloud and Java as a Service.

The benefits of accessing Oracle Cloud via OCI FastConnect and ECX Fabric include:

  • Providing more consistent network performance and lower latency than an internet/VPN connection.
  • Lowering costs because Oracle discounts the OCI FastConnect data transfer costs over those associated with an internet/VPN connection.
  • Accelerating cloud access via dynamic connections that can be deployed with automated, near real-time provisioning.
  • Enabling multiple virtual connections can more easily be provided through a single physical link.

This solution can be deployed as part of an Interconnection Oriented Architecture™ (IOA®) strategy on Platform Equinix™. An IOA framework is a proven approach to interconnecting people, locations, clouds and data at the digital edge, where commerce, population centers and digital ecosystems meet. By taking leveraging an IOA strategy on Platform Equinix, your poised to differentiate and scale your business. At Equinix, we are connecting our global platform for digital business physically and virtually around the world, enabling you to reach everywhere, interconnect everyone and integrate everything.

For more information on OCI FastConnect and ECX Fabric, you can check out the video below:

Case Study: Oracle backup and recovery over OCI FastConnect and ECX Fabric vs. public internet

I’d like to share with you some specific benchmark results, to demonstrate how big the impact of OCI FastConnect and the ECX Fabric are when accessing Oracle Cloud. We benchmarked an Oracle data backup and recovery service via OCI FastConnect and the ECX Fabric versus public internet in a typical enterprise test case. OCI FastConnect enabled us to increase network throughput by up to 15 times versus the public internet. And with greater throughput, the backup and restore times were reduced by as much as 90% (see diagram below). That’s an incredible performance business impact, when you need to perform data backup and recovery!

Oracle Backup and Recovery Test Over Oracle Infrastructure FastConnect vs. Internet Connectivity

Worldwide Access to Oracle Cloud

We can help you realize benefits like this globally. Last October, we announced OCI FastConnect and Oracle Cloud deployments on Platform Equinix in 18 metros worldwide. By bringing Oracle Cloud, OCI FastConnect and Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric together, you can create a private, secure interconnection that delivers the ultimate, scalable hybrid cloud architecture that supports.

To learn more, check out our Oracle Cloud solution brief and our Platform Equinix Vision paper.


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