Tuesday, 20 September 2016 07:07

Oracle claims IaaS edge on Amazon


Oracle says its latest products put it ahead of Amazon Web Services for infrastructure as a service.

"Amazon's lead is over," Oracle chief technology officer Larry Ellison claimed in his Oracle Open World opening keynote.

Oracle Cloud's next-generation infrastructure involves three "availability domains" within each region, all connected via a fibre optic ring to replicate the data so there is no single point of failure.

Oracle said its new Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Services are 11.5x faster and 20% cheaper than Amazon's fastest alternative.

Ellison said that compared with AWS, Oracle's offering provides twice as many cores, twice as much memory, four times the storage and more than 10 times the performance – "but you have to be willing to pay less".

Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Services can be used as an extension of an on-premises environment, and include database-as-service, network block storage, object storage and VPN connectivity.

In related news, Oracle also announced Oracle Ravello Cloud Service (which allows enterprise VMware and KVM workloads to be run in the public cloud without any changes), Oracle Container Cloud Service (a Docker-compatible way to deploy application stacks with a single click), and Oracle FastConnect (to help reliable and secure connections between a data centre and the cloud).

“As more and more enterprises leverage the Cloud, they want a simple, seamless way to migrate their large and complex IT infrastructures to the cloud, and to use the security and management controls that their IT teams already know,” said Oracle president of product development Thomas Kurian.

“The latest additions to the Oracle Cloud Platform enable organisations to seamlessly connect their existing resources to the Oracle Cloud using Virtual Cloud Network and select from a wide variety of compute services including bare metal, virtual machines and engineered systems as if it were a part of their own data centre.”

Disclosure: The writer attended Oracle Open World as a guest of the company.


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