At Oracle Open World in San Francisco, Kurian said Oracle Cloud had a simple mission that’s existed since its inception 10 years ago: for any person anywhere in the world to access and use their software, with only an Internet browser or phone.
“They wouldn’t need to have data centres, they wouldn’t need to buy servers or storage, and they wouldn’t need highly skilled operators doing it,” he said.
“And by doing so we felt we could transform the way every company and every person in the world could re-imagine the power of our software.”
Oracle’s vision for cloud infrastructure is predicated on two things, he said. The first is Oracle owning and operating high-scale cloud data centres designed to support an order of magnitude greater then they do currently, to carry thousands of petabytes of data, and to not simply port existing workloads but to offer a home and creative basis for new workloads based on artificial intelligence.
To this end, Kurian announced five new infrastructure releases for Oracle Cloud, including a series of “firsts”:
- The world’s fastest compute processors “with unbelievable performance and cost."
- To run artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms, the world’s fastest GPUs will be used.
- The fastest block storage in the industry, which will be all flash storage with correspondingly high speed I/O operations per second (IOPS) and predictable performance.
- The fastest network, with Kurian stating Oracle will be the first public cloud provider to introduce 25GB/s network bandwidth directly to the host with the fastest performance and guaranteed throughput.
- The largest high-scale elastic DNS in the industry.
These hardware improvements will be made available within Oracle Cloud now, and Oracle Cloud on Customer within the first part of 2018. For clarity, Oracle Cloud on Customer is Oracle’s Cloud housed within a customer’s perimeter, behind the customer’s firewall, while still providing hardware and software managed by Oracle.
Kurian says this offering — claimed to be unique among public cloud providers — was to remove a significant barrier for its customers who may be subject to data governance legislation, or industry regulation requirements, or even internal concerns about security on the public cloud. With Oracle Cloud on Customer the business benefits from the Oracle Cloud hardware and software but contained within a data centre on their own premises.
On the software side, Kurian said Oracle’s vision for PaaS — or platform as a service — was to eliminate the next barrier to technology adoption by its customers, namely the elimination of all the mundane, manual labour that human beings need to do to use Oracle technology.
“What we’ve really built with PaaS is to allow our software to install the software, to configure it, patch it, back it up, manage disaster recovery, encryption, failover automatically, to learn by observing the performance of the system and to tune it. By taking away that mundane labour not only does the software make the platform run better, it eliminates human error by allowing the software to run predictably,” Kurian said.
This is the basis for Larry Ellison’s keynote speech announcing Oracle 18C as the world’s first autonomous database.
Additionally, Kurian announced Oracle Analytics Cloud, allowing data sources to be replicated, summarised and analysed be they text, video, audio, sensor data, social media feeds or other things, machine learning algorithms built-in through the product range, and blockchain software-as-a-service.
The writer is attending Oracle Open World as a guest of the company.