Rubaba Dowla, the country managing director of Oracle Bangladesh, is a highly experienced and accomplished leader with a successful track record in brand management, product innovations, service delivery, and corporate strategy. She has worked for telecom giants such as Grameephone and Airtel, and is also involved in promoting various social causes.
In an exclusive interview with Dhaka Tribune’s Saddam Hossain, she spoke about the cloud computing industry in Bangladesh, its contribution in empowering businesses, and about what sort of IT strategies firms should adopt to make the best use of their resources.
In your opinion, what would be the perfect IT strategy for firms at present — multi-cloud or multiple cloud?
It is not a “question of either/or” anymore — both these approaches are needed as new cloud technologies continue to reshape enterprises, creating new opportunities for innovation amidst an ongoing pandemic.
According to Gartner, by 2021, over 75% of midsize and large organizations will have adopted a multi-cloud or hybrid cloud IT strategy. This clearly shows that the industry has evolved from being unsure about these deployment strategies to widespread acceptance.
In what ways do multi-cloud and multiple cloud strategies differ?
There is a clear difference between using multiple clouds and having a multi-cloud strategic framework, which is essential if organizations are to reap the benefits that multi-cloud brings, such as cloud economics, capabilities, and availability.
With multi-cloud, choosing different cloud service providers allows customers to reduce costs and optimize the overall IT expenditure. As enterprises deploy different workloads, they are likely to discover differences in cloud offerings.
A multi-cloud strategy will offer companies the flexibility to use the best possible cloud and price-performance point for each workload.
The distributing applications among multiple cloud service providers (CSPs) can offer greater availability and resiliency to cloud failure or Data loss.
We are certainly seeing that many organizations have adopted different services from different cloud vendors. However, while many of these companies think that they are operating in a multi-cloud environment, what has really happened is they are just operating multiple clouds rather than multi-cloud.
Not understanding the nuances and not approaching it strategically typically leaves a lot on the table for a CIO managing enterprise IT. This is why we believe that interoperability is key for the multi-cloud initiative to succeed. Our industry-first interoperability alliance partnership is a cornerstone of a new ecosystem.
And what about adopting a hybrid cloud approach?
Creating the right platform for a company often requires a mixture of both cloud deployment strategies.
Today’s business environment is evolving rapidly, with digital transformation happening at a tremendous pace. It is not a question of either/or for hybrid and multi-cloud. It is about creating the right platform for the organization to gain a competitive edge with a mix of both strategies.
Multi-cloud has certainly become commonplace for many organizations. Nearly all companies use multiple clouds at the most basic level, for example, a webmail server alongside an online productivity tool.
Today, most organizations have a preferred provider for key cloud workloads and then use other clouds to justify cost, workload or availability requirements.
On the other hand, hybrid cloud is about using different cloud deployment types across on-premises, private and public cloud — and can include multi-cloud in some cases — to achieve a goal.
The choice is typically based on the needs of some organizations. Typically, for companies in healthcare, financial services, and public sector, this will be ideal as they have to run most of their critical workloads on-premises for regulatory and performance-related reasons.
What does Oracle offer to help clients make the right choice?
To help ease the burden of choice as to which workloads should stay on-premises and which ones can be migrated to the cloud, Oracle looks to offer customers a virtually seamless experience — from the rate card to services, regardless of whether the workload is deployed on the public cloud or in a hybrid infrastructure on-premises.
To address this pain point, Oracle launched Dedicated Region [email protected], a solution that helps bridge the gap between cloud and on-premises environments.
More than 50 services are available on-premises and on the cloud infrastructure so that enterprises can use the cloud services wherever they need them — in the cloud or on-premises.
Additionally, our cloud VMware offering also allows customers to leave some portion of their estate on-premises and migrate or burst others to the public cloud live.
So, what strategy do you suggest that Bangladeshi firms adopt?
With many Bangladeshi firms accelerating their shift towards the cloud, we insist that the digital blueprint of these companies should facilitate a mix of these cloud deployment strategies.
Multi-cloud helps customers spread their dependence and risk across different cloud providers, helping companies enhance efficiencies for workloads that require a precise service only available in a specific cloud.
The hybrid cloud will be perfect for highly regulated or security-focused businesses with workloads needing to meet demanding latency and data residency requirements.
Considering both these sets of benefits, most firms will need a holistic digital transformation plan with a strategy for both hybrid and multi-cloud.
How does Oracle plan to accelerate digital transformation in Bangladesh through cloud computing?
Oracle has extensive plans to scale the public cloud and increase Oracle’s expansion across the globe.
Oracle's significant commitment towards multi-cloud over the last few years is Oracle’s cloud interoperability partnership with Microsoft.
The collaboration enables organizations to seamlessly connect Azure services, like Analytics and AI, to Oracle Cloud services, like Autonomous Database.
By enabling customers to run one part of a workload within Azure and another part of the same workload within the Oracle Cloud, the partnership delivers a highly optimized, best-of-both-clouds experience.