Oracle takes on Amazon in cloud services market

Monday 19 September 2016 | 13:17 CET | News

Oracle has presented a range of new cloud services at its Oracle OpenWorld event, announcing its intent to challenge Amazon in the cloud infrastructure market. The new offering includes the release of the Oracle Database software 'as a service', a range of Bare Metal Cloud Services for hosted server infrastructure and more than 20 new Oracle Cloud Platform and Application services. Oracle also announced Oracle Ravello Cloud Service for provisioning virtual machines, general availability of the Oracle Container Cloud Service and several more enhancements to existing IaaS offerings. 

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said in a speech at the event that "Amazon’s lead is over. Amazon is going to have serious competition going forward", adding as well that the Oracle Data Cloud is even bigger than Facebook. He said Oracle has more SaaS applications "by a huge margin" than any other cloud services provider, including its HCM suite, CRM Suite, Customer Experience Suite and many industry software suites. In addition, its new second-generation data centres "offer twice as many cores as Amazon, twice as much memory as Amazon, four times as much storage as Amazon, and more than 10 times the I/O capacity of Amazon," Ellison said.

The company also promises the "industry's best performance for enterprise workloads as well as the highest IOPS and the highest bandwidth storage servers available anywhere in public cloud offerings". Oracle said its server customers can achieve ten times the throughput and IOPS of the best offering on competing clouds, at a lower price. In addition to high performance, by not having software run on the compute hosts, Oracle said it is able to reduce potential points and deliver the best possible security available in Cloud.

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