Two CEOs Describe What the Cloud Really Offers Them



Organizations will obviously make hard decisions first about why it might make sense for them to makes the jump to the cloud — especially when porting data and infrastructure to a microservices and Kubernetes environments. Famous use-case scenarios aside, from Netflix to AirBnB, many small- to medium-size organizations stand to benefit in different ways, depending on what they do.

Typical concerns and needs organizations look for include compliance, data protection, and especially, how the cloud can specifically further their business goals — which can obviously vary, depending on the organization. Examples of what the cloud and cloud native platforms can do for organizations were the subject of a podcast Alex Williams, founder and editor-in-chief, of The New Stack recently hosted with Zara Nanu, CEO at Gapsquare, and Kenny Gorman, CEO of Eventador. Bob Quillin, vice president, Oracle Cloud developer relations, was also on hand to describe what his customers have been telling him about what they need.

In the case of Gapsquare, Nanu’s organization offers cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) to help companies address a systemic gender and pay gaps to help “make sure that pay and remuneration, and compensation is fair for all employees,” Nanu said. The main concept is to leverage the technologies to convince “people and companies that technology is the way to go in terms of addressing pay and equality,” Nanu said.

“We were focusing on business development and businesses growing, we saw the need to see how we could accelerate our technology at the same rate as we accelerated our business development,” Nanu said. “And partnering with Oracle and moving onto the Oracle Cloud and using Oracle technologies and infrastructure, is actually allowing us to do just that: accelerating our technological growth and making our technology scalable and accessible worldwide quickly.”

Nanu said that after starting out in the UK, Gapsquare now has customers around the world, including North and Latin America and in Africa.

Gorman described how Eventador offers a real-time streaming service that is delivered in the cloud as a SaaS offering. The service is especially tailored for use cases around IoT, oil and gas, transportation, autonomous vehicles and “things like this,” Gorman said. “So, anytime data needs to be fresh and real time, the infrastructure for those components is A, quite complex and B, quite expensive,” Gorman said. “So, we’re offering a platform that allows customers to leverage, to build those components.”

In this way, Eventador offers a “kind of a duality,” Gorman said. “On one hand, we are building cloud-native applications ourselves and that’s our service,” Gorman said. “On the other side of it, we are seeing customers developing cloud-native applications and plug it into our service.”

Kubernetes and microservices have played a key role, Gorman said. “So, a big part of our backend infrastructure has been on Kubernetes and since last year, we’ve been moving to a completely containerized infrastructure designer architecture and that’s been, in part, on the Oracle cloud,” Gorman said. “The Kubernetes’ offering is quite good and we’ve been able to port over to and scale on that very well.”

Oracle’s Quillin described how open source technologies, as well as the cloud, are offering unprecedented opportunities for customers. “Customers are able to choose from a wide range of cloud service providers and on-premise solutions. That flexibility from a business perspective I think, from a cloud-native perspective, really is driving the industry forward,” Quillin said. “I hear that from customers, startups etc. the open source world has given them really the power to choose…we want to continue there not just around servers and cluster technologies, but also around serverless as customers standardize their containers as they work their way up the stack.”

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