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Zenedge Acquisition: What it means for Oracle & Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Enterprises are slowly adopting cloud. They’re doing it, but it’s early innings, especially for big, hairy, enterprise applications that run businesses and industries. But making the move to the cloud is more of a priority than ever. Nearly 40% of enterprises see public cloud as their top priority in 2018, according to Rightscale’s recently released 2018 State of the Cloud Report. This represents a 31% increase from the previous year. Good thing for Oracle, this is center lane, and has been for 40+ years. There is no more focused enterprise technology business than Oracle. 

In terms of infrastructure philosophy for both new application development and legacy migrations, we’re beginning to see multi-decade, mature, Global 2000’s adopting the practices once exclusively used by hyper growth, “born in the cloud” startups.  

There are three key ingredients for this trend to truly accelerate and become the standard for infrastructure deployment in the enterprise:

  • Service Level Agreements (SLAs)
  • Compliance
  • Security

The enterprise has high demands for all three. But with control, flexibility, resiliency, and scalability all table stakes in cloud decisions, the true market race in the enterprise is workload specific, with sensitive data engrained, mission critical business applications needing to be delivered with partners who provide… unwavering trust.  

Trust in enterprise IT is solved by strong SLAs, compliance and security.  

With Oracle recently announcing enterprise SLAs, the first Infrastructure cloud to do so, the accountability to this market demand is being placed on Oracle and our team within Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI).   

“No cloud provider in the world can match what Oracle guarantees,” Thomas Kurian, President of Product Development, Oracle, said in a recent press release. “Our competitors offer narrow commitments and countless exclusions in fine print while Oracle’s SLAs deliver an industry first: guaranteed performance, manageability and availability in the cloud.”  

In addition to our SLA announcement, OCI has been rolling out a steady drumbeat of compliance announcements, ensuring our cloud meets the needs of the enterprise. Now that most of the compliance requirements have been met, we’re turning our focus to security.  

At Dyn, where I’ve been an executive for the last decade, our technology and network operations teams “won” the DNS market because of our obsession with beating customer SLAs consistently, and our commitment to open, transparent and proactive customer communications when things inevitably get disrupted on today’s volatile and complex Internet.

Security is engrained in any IaaS business, but rounding out a cloud platform with services that can be passed through to customers, is the winning combo. When you get really good at something, productize it, and provide value to the market.  

This is why I’m thrilled to see Oracle’s assertive and decisive move to continue our journey to cloud supremacy, with the recent addition of Zenedge, a fast-growth WAF and DDoS provider run by deep industry experts in security, networks, AI, data science and the Internet. Complementing our DNS stronghold, deep Internet performance data insights, and our performance-tested compute and storage solutions, brings a formidable platform to market. Larry Ellison, Thomas Kurian, Don Johnson and others have discussed Oracle’s ascent in cloud and at last year’s Oracle OpenWorld, Larry doubled down on AI-powered security alongside the autonomous database. If that isn’t a winning combo, I don’t know what is to the enterprise.  

Businesses of all sizes need to trust that they have a cloud partner willing to not just share, but be accountable to uptime, performance and security. At Dyn, we’ve proven this for years and at Oracle it’s been nearly a half a century of enterprise software excellence that has brought us to this moment. Zenedge helps us accelerate this tremendously and we’re excited about integrating the technology, products and capability into Oracle and OCI… it is network and infrastructure security for the enterprise.  

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Kyle York
Whois: Kyle York

Kyle York is GM & VP, Product Strategy, and has been a long-time executive, having joined in 2008. Over the years, he has held go-to-market leadership roles in worldwide sales, marketing, and services. In his current role, Kyle focuses on overall corporate strategy, including: positioning and evangelism, new market entry, strategic alliances and partnerships, M&A, and business development. Outside of Oracle Dyn, Kyle is an angel investor, entrepreneur, and advisor in several startups.