The platform, announced Tuesday, is intended primarily for organizations that need high-performance computing capacity for artificial intelligence, deep learning and machine learning projects. Nvidia has been on a recent campaign to make its chips a standard for machine learning development both 0n-premises and in the cloud, and Oracle is the latest endorsement. Bare-metal services essentially give customers a dedicated physical server with pay-per-use pricing. Unlike colocation arrangements, the customer doesn't buy the hardware but rents it. Several other vendors offer bare-metal options, including Amazon Web Services Inc., IBM Corp. and Rackspace Inc., but Oracle claimed its service is easier to provision and cheaper.
About six months after releasing its first bare-metal GPU offering based on Nvidia's Pascal architecture, Oracle on Tuesday is announcing the general availability of bare metal Tesla GPUs based on the Volta architecture. In addition to providing a new bare metal offering -- the first that has eight Volta-based GPUs -- Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is introducing more deep learning and HPC tools that exploit the Volta architecture, as well as new design and engineering apps. Oracle expects these products will bring customers to the Oracle Cloud because of its competitive pricing but also because of Oracle's primary focus on the enterprise customer, Leo Leung, senior director of products & strategy for Oracle Cloud, told ZDNet. "Everything we've built makes it very, very easy for enterprises to move existing applications as well as build new ones," he said. "That focus on being able to move existing things is something very different from other clouds and is very competitive to on-premise ways of operating."
There's no doubt that artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming a key part of our lives as the technology finds its way into more and more real-world applications. In fact, the massive spurt in real-world AI use across several verticals -- including business services, healthcare, and automotive -- could boost AI revenue from just $3.2 billion in 2016 to almost $90 million by 2025, according to Tractica.
Oracle today announced the general availability of new bare metal Oracle Cloud Infrastructure compute instances, powered by Intel Xeon processors. These new instances add to Oracle's CPU- and GPU-based high performance computing (HPC) workloads, with the aim of convincing large businesses to bring legacy HPC workloads to the cloud for the first time. The instances are part of Oracle's new "Clustered Network" offering, which provides access to a low-latency, high-bandwidth remote direct memory access (RDMA) network. Oracle says it's the only cloud provider offering bare metal Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) with RDMA. Also: Amazon's consumer business moves from Oracle to AWS, but Larry Ellison won't stop talking With the Clustered Network, companies can run performance-sensitive workloads, such as AI or engineering simulations.
Nvidia's data center business has hit a $2 billion annual revenue run rate and is showing no signs of slowing down as cloud providers gobble up the company's GPUs. The company's third quarter earnings results were stellar as all of its businesses showed strong growth. But what's really notable is how Nvidia's data center business has doubled revenue compared to a year ago. Nvidia's third quarter non-GAAP earnings of $1.33 a share on revenue of $2.64 billion easy topped Wall Street estimates. Analysts were expecting earnings of 94 cents a share on revenue of $2.36 billion.