New flexible block storage volumes automatically adapt performance characteristics to fluctuating demand – an industry first
Compute options for most workloads from a partial single-core VM that can burst to full core performance, to an entire HPC cluster with high-speed connections
Global organizations including Vodafone, Samsung Securities, GoTo and Cox Automotive use OCI to run all types of workloads with significantly better price/performance
Austin, Texas, March 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Oracle Cloud infrastructure (OCI) expands with 11 new compute, networking, and storage services and capabilities that enable customers to run their workloads faster, more securely, and at lower cost. New offerings provide customers with truly flexible core infrastructure services that automatically optimize resources to meet application demands and significantly reduce costs. Leading global organizations like Vodafone, Samsung Securities, GoTo and Cox Automotive rely on OCI to run all types of workloads, from microservices to AI.
Global cloud adoption continues to grow rapidly as business models change and demand for secure, remote technology increases. However, a variety of prevailing misconceptions about public clouds still prevent organizations from realizing the full benefits of the cloud. For example, a common belief is that customers must rewrite their applications for the cloud and deal with complex pricing models in order to take advantage of cloud computing. Additionally, many companies believe that scaling their operations involves making a number of different technology decisions. With today’s announcement, OCI offers customers even more simplicity and flexibility, so scaling can be affordable and easy without the hassle of rewriting.
“OCI continues to break the rules in the cloud, helping customers run their workloads faster, more securely, and more economically,” said Tone Magouyrk, Executive Vice President, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. “Customers can build cloud-native apps on OCI with support for open, standards-based Kubernetes, while AI and high-performance computing customers can build some of the fastest compute clusters in the cloud.”
OCI introduces new innovations in the fields of computing, networking and storage
OCI calculation gives customers the option to deploy on bare metal or virtual machines. OCI bare metal instances provide high performance for enterprise applications, giving customers maximum control and isolation. Flexible virtual machines enable customers to maximize the total cost of ownership of their workloads with features such as flexible memory, burstable sub-core CPU, and preemptive instances, allowing them to optimize and leverage compute elasticity so they only consume what they need. The ability to scale within a compute instance, as well as scale by adding more instances, allows customers to gain flexibility without having to rewrite their applications and reduces the risk and cost of migrating to the cloud. The new services include:
- Container Instances: Allows customers to use containers without directly managing the hosting VM or requiring Kubernetes orchestration. OCI takes care of creating the instance with a safe operating system image, network and storage.
- AMD E4.Dense Compute Instances: Enables customer workloads that benefit from attached NVMe drives that offer low-latency storage. This includes database workloads (e.g. relational databases, NoSQL databases), virtualized direct-attached storage, caching and data warehousing.
- Oracle Cloud VMware solution on AMD: Offers customers new AMD-based 32-, 64-, and 128-core options, giving them industry-leading VM deployment density options per SDDC host suitable for high-CPU or high-memory use cases. OCI offers more than 2.5 times the memory and CPUs per host than other offerings.
OCI network helps customers securely connect to OCI’s Virtual Cloud Network (VCN) and dynamically create isolated, secure environments for their workloads. All required features, including application firewalls, load balancing, and network peering, have been streamlined to simplify deployment and management. And in addition, flexible load balancing across the network stack allows customers to optimize their performance and costs. As a result, OCI Networking can handle global network workloads at some of the lowest costs on the market. New services and features include:
- Content Delivery Network (CDN) connection: Directly peers with select third-party CDN providers to offer free outbound bandwidth for OCI object storage. Origin-to-CDN costs make up a significant portion of the total CDN cost, and OCI drastically reduces these costs for customers, even for third-party CDNs. OCI currently offers this feature in North America for Cloudflare CDN.
- Content Delivery Network (CDN) service: Allows customers to deliver digital content to end users from a nearby location on a geographically distributed network. Customers benefit from built-in APIs, consoles, UCM billing and stronger integrations between OCI Object Storage, Compute and CDN to reduce outbound server to CDN fees.
- Flexible Web Application Firewall (WAF): Allows customers to define a single WAF policy to protect applications from common exploits (e.g. OWASP Top 10) and enforce the policy on the load balancer or edge.
- Web Application Acceleration (WAA): Supports caching and compression of web HTTP responses in the load balancer.
- Network visualizer: Allows customers to perform a configuration-based connectivity check and visualize the network path(s) along with information about the virtual network entities in the path. This helps customers identify and troubleshoot common virtual network misconfigurations.
- vTAP: Enables out-of-band capture and inspection of OCI network packets to facilitate troubleshooting, security analysis, and data monitoring without impacting performance.
OCI memory offers customers powerful and affordable cloud storage options through object, file, block and archive storage. A single block volume type serves every workload type, from the lowest cost to the highest performance, and can be reconfigured on the fly without disrupting workloads. The result is a flexible service that can serve even the highest SLA enterprise applications at up to 95 percent lower costs than other cloud offerings. New services and features include:
- Flexible block volumes with performance-based autotuning: Allows customers to automatically change performance characteristics of block storage volumes in response to fluctuating demand. This is a unique capability in today’s cloud market and helps customers automatically load capacity and reduce storage costs when demand is low.
- ZFS with high availability: Packages the ZFS file server into a highly available, automated provisioning stack that uses OCI block volumes for underlying raw storage.
Customer and Analyst Commentary
“We chose OCI to conduct our video conferences,” he said Sascha Kümmel, Vice President, Technology Strategy, GoTo. “Moving this workload didn’t require application rewrites because of OCI’s Kubernetes compatibility and networking capabilities. We’ve saved 50 percent of our IT costs through more efficient use of resources and lower bandwidth charges.”
“OCI has enabled us to increase the number of Monte Carlo simulations that we can run by 25 percent,” he says Ian Brunton, Applications Development Group Leader, Oracle Red Bull Racing. “By leveraging a modern technology stack and leveraging the power and flexibility of Kubernetes, we can scale our simulation platform while keeping costs within the sport’s strict spending regulations.”
“We run hundreds of bare-metal GPUs connected in an RDMA cluster network with a shared file system to train AI models,” he said Jonas Andrulis, CEO and Founder, Aleph Alpha. “OCI’s ability to cluster hundreds of bare metal CPUs and GPUs with low latency creates a robust environment that gives us over 140 teraflops of training performance when we need it, and at a much lower cost.”
“We migrated our Oracle E-Business Suite to OCI and centralized our billing and billing activities for our auto auctions, including Manheim, the world’s largest wholesale vehicle marketplace,” he said Mary Riley, Vice President, Enterprise Systems, Cox Automotive. “We saved $4.5 million per year and reduced the time it takes to bring new code into production from two and a half weeks to three days.”
“The promise of the cloud has always been to only pay for what you need, but customers continue to overprovision due to rigid configuration options in most cloud platforms,” he said David McCarthy, Research Vice President, Cloud and Edge Infrastructure Services, IDC. “OCI has made significant strides to address this issue by introducing new flexible compute, storage and network infrastructure services over the past year. OCI customers can reduce costs by more closely matching consumption to demand.”
These new OCI services and features are planned for 2022.
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