Thursday, 18 September 2014

Oracle BI Cloud Service Model- SaaS, PaaS or IaaS?

According to analyst, improve the use of data and analytics for improving business decisions and outcomes is one of the top most priorities for companies for coming years. More and more companies are looking forward for a cloud based analytic solution to achieve these fundamental priorities. The trend is there is increase in cloud data growth by almost 35% while traditional data center data growth is about 12%. In short the cloud services are here to stay and continue to grow.
Oracle has number of offerings in cloud services space, the recent addition is BI Cloud Services. This blog is an attempt to explain Oracle BI Cloud offering in SaaS, PaaS and IaaS options.
What are SaaS, PaaS and IaaS?
Oracle’s understanding around cloud options is a follows
SaaS: Software as a Service. This is Fusion Applications i.e. Fusion Financials or Fusion HCM.  These applications are ready to use straight after subscription.
PaaS: Platform as a Service.  This is a cloud solution that provides the foundation for construction.  It contains zero content, just the base software.  For analytics, it is similar to a vanilla deployment of OBIEE. It works once deployed, but nothing to view or report on.  The intention with PaaS products is that customer build your own solution with the foundation provided.
IaaS: Infrastructure as a Service.  This is outsourcing of hardware.  It does provision servers and perhaps the virtual images/OSes for customers.  Once provisioned customer must install and manage the software, this is more inclined towards a way to migrate on-premises deployments to the cloud services.
Oracle BI Cloud Services
Oracle has number of database and application domain solutions for each of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS pillars. For BI Oracle only provide SaaS and PaaS options. Customers could deploy an analytic solution using Oracle IaaS, however it would be more like deploying an on-premises solution than cloud solution.
OTBI-E is Oracles first BI SaaS offering.  It provides everything needed to begin working out of the box.  Complete analytics solutions for a number of functional areas.

BICS is Oracle’s first BI PaaS offering.  It provides a base deployment of analytic software in which the customer must configure data sources and build reports, dashboards etc themselves, much the same approach if they had a vanilla BIEE deployment.
There is no specific IaaS offering for BI but Oracle has a complete end-to-end cloud solution from IaaS to SaaS. 
Oracle BI Cloud Services Link
I hope you find this information useful.

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