Oracle presents low cost Cloud Infrastructure taking on AWS

Oracle Cloud InfrastructureBusiness technology major Oracle today announced the availability of new Oracle Cloud Infrastructure compute options – revealing better performance than AWS.

Oracle’s enhanced virtual machine (VM) and bare metal compute, and new bare metal graphical processing unit (GPU) instances — based on Oracle’s X7 hardware — enable customers to run the infrastructure-heavy workloads such as high-performance computing (HPC), big data, and artificial intelligence (AI) faster and more cost-effectively.

Oracle delivers 1,214 percent better storage performance at 88 percent lower cost per input/output operation (IO) as compared with AWS i3.16XL, according to an Oracle analysis.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure will be offering predictable performance for enterprise applications while bringing cost efficiency to HPC use cases.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure’s compute instances leverage Intel’s latest Xeon processors based on the Skylake architecture.

Oracle’s accelerated bare metal shapes — powered by NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPUs, based on the Pascal architecture – provide 28 cores, dual 25Gb network interfaces for high-bandwidth requirements and over 18 TFLOPS of single-precision performance per instance.

Oracle plans to release NVIDIA Volta architecture-powered instances with 8 NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs interconnected via NVIDIA NVLINK to generate over 125 TFLOPS of single-precision performance. Oracle will offer these GPUs as both virtual machines and bare metal instances.

Oracle will provide pre-configured images for fast deployment of use cases such as AI. Customers can also leverage TensorFlow or Caffe toolkits to accelerate HPC and Deep Learning use cases.

“Only Oracle Cloud Infrastructure provides the compute, storage, networking, and edge services necessary to deliver the end-to-end performance required of today’s modern enterprise,” said Kash Iftikhar, vice president of product management, Oracle.

Oracle’s VM standard shape is available in 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, and 24 cores, while the bare metal standard shape offers 52 cores, the highest Intel Skylake-based CPU count per instance of any cloud vendor.

Combined with its storage capacity, supporting up to 512 terabytes (TB) of non-volatile memory express (NVMe) solid state drive (SSD) remote block volumes, these instances are ideal for traditional enterprise applications that require predictable storage performance.

The Dense I/O shapes are available in both VM and bare metal instances and are optimal for HPC, database applications, and big data workloads. The bare metal Dense I/O shape is capable of over 3.9 million input/output operations per second (IOPS) for write operations. It includes 51 TB of local NVMe SSD storage, offering 237 percent more capacity than competing solutions.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure has simplified management of virtual machines by offering a Terraform provider for single-click deployment of single or multiple compute instances for clustering. A Terraform-based Kubernetes installer is available for deployment of highly available, containerized applications.

By delivering compute solutions that leverage NVIDIA’s latest technologies, Oracle can accelerate its customers’ HPC, analytics and AI workloads.

“To run these compute-intensive workloads, customers require enterprise-class accelerated computing, a need Oracle is addressing by putting NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPU accelerators in the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure,” said Ian Buck, general manager and vice president of Accelerated Computing at NVIDIA.

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