Click here to close now.


Open Source Cloud Authors: David Dodd, Brian Daleiden, SmartBear Blog, JP Morgenthal, Adrian Bridgwater

News Feed Item

Pittsburgh-Based IT Services Firm Tier1, Inc. Launches The Tier1 Private Oracle Cloud, First Customer Goes Live

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Tier1, Inc. announced today the availability of the Tier1 Private Oracle Cloud, the most optimized and protected computing environment for Oracle Applications and databases. Leveraging Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance (VCA) technology, the only virtual environment certified to use Oracle Trusted Partitions – the Tier1 Private Cloud provides the flexibility to license Oracle software on a virtual CPU basis.

The Tier1 Private Oracle Cloud is designed to minimize customer costs and the complexities they face when hosting Oracle applications in-house. Private cloud environments are hosted in a world class data center and designed specifically for Oracle customers.  

Tier1 CEO, Dave Busch, says, "We thoroughly evaluated the build versus buy for our private cloud solution and decided to purchase Oracle's VCA for a number of reasons:  The VCA uses all Oracle products that are pre-configured and wired. It's a turnkey solution. It's pre-built, and it's easy to install and configure. We were able to get our virtual computer clients running very smoothly, very quickly." Additionally, he notes, the VCA was versatile enough to serve their diverse clients' needs. "Our customers have a lot of different versions and variability in their software and we needed a solution that can help us support all of them."

The VCA enables rapid, repeatable software-defined infrastructure deployment for virtually any x86 application and workload. It is an easy-to-deploy, integrated system with the flexibility required for cloud computing.

Ed Eichler, COO and VP, Consulting Services for Tier1 Inc., says, "With technology already engineered and integrated together, the VCA allows us to enable our clients to spend more time adding value to their company and less time managing the day-to-day issues that come with supporting their own Oracle environment."

Cross Match Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator and provider of biometric identity management solutions, went live with the Tier1 Private Oracle Cloud on July 28, 2014. For the Palm Beach Gardens, FL-based company, an affordable, scalable, and highly secure Cloud environment was critical to theirs and their clients' data-sensitive missions. Cross Match serves governments and law enforcement agencies, as well as businesses throughout the world.

CIO of Cross Match Technologies, Scott Minter explains their thought process, "We decided to use Tier1's Private Oracle Cloud months ago to fulfill our IT Cloud Strategy: Partner with a cloud provider whom we can trust and rely on for cost-effective, adaptable delivery of business applications and services. Through the ease of our migration, their responsiveness to our needs, and their common sense approach, Tier1 has proven that they are the right partner for us." 

Customers access their software on the Tier1 Private Oracle Cloud through private circuits via a secure site-to-site VPN. They also receive Oracle VM Compute Nodes, Oracle ZFS Storage, and Backup and Disaster Recovery services. Customers bring their own software and licenses, and can run them on Linux, Unix, or Windows platforms.

There are significant cost benefits for the customer. The Tier1 Private Oracle Cloud saves repeated, expensive investments in IT infrastructure like servers, SAN, and network hardware; increased IT staffing retention and costs; and higher power and HVAC bills. Customers also just pay for the space they need and can adjust it as demand changes. Tier1 handles installation, deployment, and management of the Tier1 Private Oracle Cloud – and also provides support for third-party and homegrown applications. Tier1 manages Backup/Restore, Backup/Recovery, and security services.

Busch explains one of the biggest cost savings, which is tied to licensing. "When companies decide to move their business applications to a virtual environment, there are typically licensing issues for the Oracle database. But with the VCA leveraging Oracle's trusted partitions licensing policy, it enables our customers to bring their Oracle Database licenses over and not incur additional license fees.

Additionally, Busch says, the Tier1 Private Oracle Cloud enables the firm to help customers manage their Oracle applications from start-to-finish. "The VCA gives us an opportunity to provide a full lifecycle of services to our customers, not only the managed services but to completely host the applications for them. We own the entire environment and we can manage the entire environment for them." See more of his interview with Oracle at

About Tier1
Established in 2003 and headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, Tier1, Inc. is a leading provider of business consulting solutions and 24x7 managed services for Oracle applications. The company serves over 250 customers in a large range of industries, including manufacturing, technology, retail, and education, among others. They employ solely US-based consultants, and the average experience among Tier1 experts is over ten years. As an Oracle Gold Certified Partner, Tier1 has earned one of the highest Oracle designations, with expertise in Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, Hyperion, Database, Business Intelligence, and Identity Management.

Tier1 is currently offering a Complimentary Cloud Analysis; contact them at [email protected], 888.284.0202, or through their site,

SOURCE Tier1, Inc.

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@ThingsExpo Stories
Microservices are a very exciting architectural approach that many organizations are looking to as a way to accelerate innovation. Microservices promise to allow teams to move away from monolithic "ball of mud" systems, but the reality is that, in the vast majority of organizations, different projects and technologies will continue to be developed at different speeds. How to handle the dependencies between these disparate systems with different iteration cycles? Consider the "canoncial problem" in this scenario: microservice A (releases daily) depends on a couple of additions to backend B (re...
I recently attended and was a speaker at the 4th International Internet of @ThingsExpo at the Santa Clara Convention Center. I also had the opportunity to attend this event last year and I wrote a blog from that show talking about how the “Enterprise Impact of IoT” was a key theme of last year’s show. I was curious to see if the same theme would still resonate 365 days later and what, if any, changes I would see in the content presented.
Apps and devices shouldn't stop working when there's limited or no network connectivity. Learn how to bring data stored in a cloud database to the edge of the network (and back again) whenever an Internet connection is available. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Ben Perlmutter, a Sales Engineer with IBM Cloudant, demonstrated techniques for replicating cloud databases with devices in order to build offline-first mobile or Internet of Things (IoT) apps that can provide a better, faster user experience, both offline and online. The focus of this talk was on IBM Cloudant, Apache CouchDB, and ...
Container technology is shaping the future of DevOps and it’s also changing the way organizations think about application development. With the rise of mobile applications in the enterprise, businesses are abandoning year-long development cycles and embracing technologies that enable rapid development and continuous deployment of apps. In his session at DevOps Summit, Kurt Collins, Developer Evangelist at, examined how Docker has evolved into a highly effective tool for application delivery by allowing increasingly popular Mobile Backend-as-a-Service (mBaaS) platforms to quickly crea...
Cloud computing delivers on-demand resources that provide businesses with flexibility and cost-savings. The challenge in moving workloads to the cloud has been the cost and complexity of ensuring the initial and ongoing security and regulatory (PCI, HIPAA, FFIEC) compliance across private and public clouds. Manual security compliance is slow, prone to human error, and represents over 50% of the cost of managing cloud applications. Determining how to automate cloud security compliance is critical to maintaining positive ROI. Raxak Protect is an automated security compliance SaaS platform and ma...
The cloud. Like a comic book superhero, there seems to be no problem it can’t fix or cost it can’t slash. Yet making the transition is not always easy and production environments are still largely on premise. Taking some practical and sensible steps to reduce risk can also help provide a basis for a successful cloud transition. A plethora of surveys from the likes of IDG and Gartner show that more than 70 percent of enterprises have deployed at least one or more cloud application or workload. Yet a closer inspection at the data reveals less than half of these cloud projects involve production...
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 7-9, 2016 at Javits Center, New York City and Nov 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with the 18th International @CloudExpo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world and ThingsExpo New York Call for Papers is now open.
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo 2016 in New York and Silicon Valley. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 17th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound cha...
We are rapidly moving to a brave new world of interconnected smart homes, cars, offices and factories known as the Internet of Things (IoT). Sensors and monitoring devices will touch every part of our lives. Let's take a closer look at the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things is a worldwide network of objects and devices connected to the Internet. They are electronics, sensors, software and more. These objects connect to the Internet and can be controlled remotely via apps and programs. Because they can be accessed via the Internet, these devices create a tremendous opportunity to inte...
Today air travel is a minefield of delays, hassles and customer disappointment. Airlines struggle to revitalize the experience. GE and M2Mi will demonstrate practical examples of how IoT solutions are helping airlines bring back personalization, reduce trip time and improve reliability. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect with GE, and Dr. Sarah Cooper, M2Mi’s VP Business Development and Engineering, explored the IoT cloud-based platform technologies driving this change including privacy controls, data transparency and integration of real time context with p...
We all know that data growth is exploding and storage budgets are shrinking. Instead of showing you charts on about how much data there is, in his General Session at 17th Cloud Expo, Scott Cleland, Senior Director of Product Marketing at HGST, showed how to capture all of your data in one place. After you have your data under control, you can then analyze it in one place, saving time and resources.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing rapidly by extending current technologies, products and networks. By 2020, Cisco estimates there will be 50 billion connected devices. Gartner has forecast revenues of over $300 billion, just to IoT suppliers. Now is the time to figure out how you’ll make money – not just create innovative products. With hundreds of new products and companies jumping into the IoT fray every month, there’s no shortage of innovation. Despite this, McKinsey/VisionMobile data shows "less than 10 percent of IoT developers are making enough to support a reasonably sized team....
Just over a week ago I received a long and loud sustained applause for a presentation I delivered at this year’s Cloud Expo in Santa Clara. I was extremely pleased with the turnout and had some very good conversations with many of the attendees. Over the next few days I had many more meaningful conversations and was not only happy with the results but also learned a few new things. Here is everything I learned in those three days distilled into three short points.
DevOps is about increasing efficiency, but nothing is more inefficient than building the same application twice. However, this is a routine occurrence with enterprise applications that need both a rich desktop web interface and strong mobile support. With recent technological advances from Isomorphic Software and others, rich desktop and tuned mobile experiences can now be created with a single codebase – without compromising functionality, performance or usability. In his session at DevOps Summit, Charles Kendrick, CTO and Chief Architect at Isomorphic Software, demonstrated examples of com...
As organizations realize the scope of the Internet of Things, gaining key insights from Big Data, through the use of advanced analytics, becomes crucial. However, IoT also creates the need for petabyte scale storage of data from millions of devices. A new type of Storage is required which seamlessly integrates robust data analytics with massive scale. These storage systems will act as “smart systems” provide in-place analytics that speed discovery and enable businesses to quickly derive meaningful and actionable insights. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Paul Turner, Chief Marketing Officer at...
In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, focused on building an IoT platform and company. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu’s platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu).
In his General Session at 17th Cloud Expo, Bruce Swann, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Adobe Campaign, explored the key ingredients of cross-channel marketing in a digital world. Learn how the Adobe Marketing Cloud can help marketers embrace opportunities for personalized, relevant and real-time customer engagement across offline (direct mail, point of sale, call center) and digital (email, website, SMS, mobile apps, social networks, connected objects).
The Internet of Everything is re-shaping technology trends–moving away from “request/response” architecture to an “always-on” Streaming Web where data is in constant motion and secure, reliable communication is an absolute necessity. As more and more THINGS go online, the challenges that developers will need to address will only increase exponentially. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Todd Greene, Founder & CEO of PubNub, exploreed the current state of IoT connectivity and review key trends and technology requirements that will drive the Internet of Things from hype to reality.
Two weeks ago (November 3-5), I attended the Cloud Expo Silicon Valley as a speaker, where I presented on the security and privacy due diligence requirements for cloud solutions. Cloud security is a topical issue for every CIO, CISO, and technology buyer. Decision-makers are always looking for insights on how to mitigate the security risks of implementing and using cloud solutions. Based on the presentation topics covered at the conference, as well as the general discussions heard between sessions, I wanted to share some of my observations on emerging trends. As cyber security serves as a fou...
Continuous processes around the development and deployment of applications are both impacted by -- and a benefit to -- the Internet of Things trend. To help better understand the relationship between DevOps and a plethora of new end-devices and data please welcome Gary Gruver, consultant, author and a former IT executive who has led many large-scale IT transformation projects, and John Jeremiah, Technology Evangelist at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), on Twitter at @j_jeremiah. The discussion is moderated by me, Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions.