Oracle launches new partner driven initiative to boost cloud adoption among mid-sized organizations

22nd October 2012 | By Mouseworld Now Correspondent |

New Delhi, India, October 21, 2012: Oracle has launched new bundled offerings around its x86 servers, entry-level SPARC servers and storage solutions to enable mid-sized organization drive superior consolidation and virtualization as they embrace cloud computing. This new Volume Business Initiative will be driven through partners and is being rolled out across APAC markets.

“In their journey to cloud computing, many midsized companies are moving from silos to a virtual environment. However, the traditional method of building a virtualized infrastructure is very time-consuming and a perplexing effort, owing to the required integration of many components such as servers, storage, network, virtualization tools, and operating systems from a broad range of vendors,” said Stuart Long, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Sales Consulting Director, Systems Division, Asia Pacific and Japan, Oracle Corporation. “Oracle’s new bundled offerings address these challenges as it include built in operating system, virtualization, infrastructure provisioning, and system management in one integrated stack. In addition, taking advantage of Oracle hardware and software engineered together, all these components are tested together and supported together by one vendor – Oracle.”

The largest cost drivers in a multi-vendor virtualized infrastructure are software licensing and support for operating system and virtualization. These bundles include a complete, virtualized infrastructure (at no additional cost) that is certified and fully supported with Oracle applications and databases, avoiding the complexity of dealing with multiple vendors for support. It is a single-vendor solution for the entire hardware and software stack from application to disk that can be deployed in hours rather than weeks.

These bundles deliver a complete, virtualized infrastructure that is secure, highly scalable and comes at an excellent price and performance benefits. Some of the key benefits include lower acquisition and operational costs, zero downtime updates, simplified management and security.

“We realize that the needs of midsize customers are the same as large enterprises. However, for midsize customers, time is critical and therefore there is a demand to invest in easy-to-implement technology solutions so that the benefits can start showing quickly,” said Mitesh Agarwal, CTO & Director – Systems Solution Consulting, Oracle India. “These new bundles do exactly that by helping mid-sized companies easily upgrade, consolidate and virtualize their existing IT infrastructure, at a very affordable cost and thus enabling them to build a strong foundation for cloud adoption.”

Highlighting the need for Oracle bundles in the Indian market, Naresh Desai, Country General Manager from Avnet said, “Virtualization and consolidation have been mainly confined to expensive mainframes at large corporations in India until the recent past. The introduction of Oracle bundles will make virtualization capability accessible to a much wider market at a low cost owing to the entry level servers and storage thereby helping them easily move to the cloud.”

Appreciating this partner driven initiative, Vinod Menon, Director – Technology from Ashtech Infotech Pvt. Ltd. said, “Most mid-sized organizations across India are looking at consolidating and virtualzing their current IT infrastructure. However, factors like enormous cost, complex management and security risks are holding them back. With the new bundled offerings, Oracle has simplified adoption of cloud for mid-sized organizations.”

Oracle has built a strong ecosystem of partners including SIs, ISVs, and VARs and witnessed 90% year-on-year growth globally in registered opportunities from the channels. “With initiatives like these, we aim to further expand our business through partners and along with our partners reach a vast pool of midsized organizations across Asia Pacific looking for cost effective ways to adopt cloud,” said Stuart Long.

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