Oracle has had quite a journey. From being a Database Organization to being a force to reckon with in the Cloud and Security domain, Oracle has evolved.
We provide what we call Trust Fabric, which embraces both your on-premise as well as your Cloud systems.”
India Country Head and Information Security, Oracle
How has Oracle evolved from a simple Database Organization to being what it is today?
Classically, Oracle has been a very strong database organization. Slowly Oracle navigated its way into the enterprise application (ERP) side and got good success on the application side. We realized that you need a technology platform because a lot of people wanted to innovate beyond what you can do in your applications because applications are out of the box. So the providers set for functionalities. But the moment you say, I want to innovate and bring in some bit of differentiation from my competition; you need a technology stack which can provide you all the flexibility to do integration, to develop mobile applications, web application, web portals and those kinds of things. That’s how Oracle got into more and more things. And then, security always was important. It was actually a security project that
What is Oracle’s relationship with its customers?
Today, Oracle has thousands of production. It becomes difficult for us also to visualize how
So, the enterprises’ needs are different from that of the SMB customers. An SMB customer care about say, ‘Can you give me this function? If you can do that, give me a CRM system, my work is done’. They don’t look at scalability because it is not the need of the hour for them. But for enterprises, they would say, ‘I need it on all the operating systems. I want compatibility with all the other systems, which I am running in my environment’. So that’s the good thing about Oracle, that we understand the intricacies of what the enterprise needs.
So, the enterprises’ needs are different from
What has Oracle’s journey with Cloud been like?
What we are seeing for the past five to 10 years is that enterprises are slowly moving towards the Cloud. Oracle had to step back and look at what should be the right strategy for them to move into the Cloud. When you have thousands of products running day in and day out for customers in their data centers and you are supporting them, you suddenly cannot decide that now I will make them available in the Cloud.
A lot of vendors decided to move those systems which are running
We are seeing success in the application space where our applications are all available in the Cloud, whether you talk about ERP, HCM, supply chain management or customer experience, all of them are there in the Cloud. Now that doesn’t mean we do not provide an on-premise model.
Where does Security come into play?
The biggest concern that we see and where people are very conscious, especially enterprises while moving to the Cloud is Security. They do not want to do any anything critical in the Cloud unless they are absolutely sure that the vendor whose solution they are using, is ensuring that their data which is going into the Cloud, is secure and taken care of. The way I have been securing it in a cocoon in my data center, you as a vendor is able to take care of it in the same manner or even better. Now I would say that’s a blessing for the customers because, we can address security because of the fact that we know it and we are a large organization which knows intricacies about so many different customers, we are able to put in the security measures in a way like no other and we are able to give them a transition to the Cloud.
Now having said all of this, as I said, Security is extremely important. All of the CIOs and CISOs we talk to their decisions are completely based on how secure our systems are. So, we provide what we call Trust Fabric, which embraces both your on-premise as well as your Cloud systems. Because if your security is only bound to a particular environment and doesn’t take care of the other one, then there can be gaps. Some of the technologies that we provide in this space
So, security is becoming a very different problem altogether because now we are trying to address customers who have systems running
Knowing how much risk is there in any transaction is extremely important. Hence, the importance of data leakage prevention while using
What is your Portfolio for Security Solutions?
We provide security and different layers. So for database we have data security solutions. Things like encryption. We provide that for the database and make sure that anything in transit or at rest is completely encrypted. We have masking solutions which can ensure that if you are moving data from one environment to another, you are able to mask it so that even if people get access to it, they are not able to misuse it.
We have solutions for privilege Access Management for database specifically. Because what we feel is a lot of times people provide complete access to their database administrators and they have all the access to the database and to the database transactions which are getting stored. Even all the financial transaction information is in the hands of the database administrators. So we have a system called Database Vault. This actually stops providing any additional access to the database administrators. And thereby database administrators can do
Our Cloud security solution, CASB assesses
In terms of Innovation, last year Oracle came up with an Autonomous model. The customers can do only so much to take care of
There is something called a shared responsibility, that when customers are going in for Cloud solutions, just the way the service provider has a responsibility to provide all the security measures around that, the usage of the Cloud and the Security, for that is the responsibility of the end company.