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Oracle announces a new set of cloud-native managed services

19 Dec 2018
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Oracle announced the Oracle Cloud Native Framework, aiming to provide developers with a cloud-native solution that spans public cloud, on-premises and hybrid cloud deployments. 

Capitalising on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and the recently announced Oracle Linux Cloud Native Environment, the Oracle Cloud Native Framework introduces a set of cloud-native managed services and on-premises software. 

The Oracle Cloud Native Framework also introduces Oracle Functions, a new serverless cloud service based on the open source Fn Project.

As organisations move to the cloud, they are facing new and difficult challenges addressing cultural change and increased complexity. 

DevOps and cloud-native tooling have left many developers and projects behind the curve. Moreover, organisations eager to use standard open source components and leverage cloud capabilities, but are impeded by the number of complex choices, lack of training and fear of cloud vendor lock-in. 

By providing cloud-native capabilities and offerings regardless of the deployment scenario and leveraging open standards established by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), Oracle, a platinum member of CNCF, is aiming to provide its customers with choice while meeting the broad deployment needs of developers.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure EVP Don Johnson says, "With the growing popularity of the CNCF as a unifying and organising force in the cloud-native ecosystem and organisations increasingly embracing multi-cloud and hybrid cloud models, developers should have the flexibility to build and deploy their applications anywhere they choose without the threat of cloud vendor lock-in.”

To further enable developers to build and deploy modern applications, Oracle is introducing a set of first-class Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services built on Oracle's Gen 2 Cloud IaaS and existing foundational Kubernetes orchestration and management layer, the Oracle Container Engine for Kubernetes (OKE).

With the announcement of Oracle Functions, a new serverless solution based on the open source Fn Project, developers can easily deploy and execute function-based applications without the need to manage compute infrastructure. 

Oracle Functions is Docker container-based and completely pay-per-use, so charges are incurred only when functions are run. 

The underlying Fn Project, which Oracle Functions offers as a fully-managed service, can supposedly run on-premises, in a data centre, or on any cloud. 

The Oracle Cloud Native Framework supports both modern (cloud-native) and traditional (WebLogic, Java, and database) applications. 

The enterprise-grade platform can supposedly be leveraged for sustainable strategy, managed services, and curated OSS.