Oracle on Tuesday announced that Nissan is migrating on-premise,high-performance computing (HPC) workloads to Oracle Cloud, in order to perform latency-sensitive engineering simulations. Back in 2018, Oracle introduced bare metal compute instances, powered by Intel Xeon processors, tailored for HPC workloads. The instances are part of Oracle's "Clustered Network" offering, which provides access to a low-latency, high-bandwidth remote direct memory access (RDMA) network. Nissan is one of the first automotive OEMs to leverage Oracle's bare-metal GPU-accelerated hardware for HPC workloads. Bing Xu, the GM of Nissan's Engineering Systems Department, said the company selected Oracle's cloud HPC offerings "to meet the challenges of increased simulation demand under constant cost savings pressure."
Cloud Bigtable has long been Google Cloud's fully managed NoSQL database for massive, petabyte-sized analytical and operational workloads. At $0.65 per hour and node, it was never a cheap service to run, especially because Google Cloud enforced a minimum of three nodes per cluster for production workloads. Today, however, it is changing that, and you can now run Bigtable production workloads on just a single node. "We want Bigtable to be an excellent home for all of your key-value and wide-column use-cases, both large and small," Google Cloud Bigtable product manager Sandy Ghai said in today's announcement. "That's true whether you're a developer just getting started, or an established enterprise looking for a landing place for your self-managed HBase or Cassandra clusters."
You don't need Sherlock Holmes to tell you that cloud computing is on the rise, and that cloud traffic keeps going up. However, it is enlightening to see the degree by which it is increasing, which is, in essence, about to quadruple in the next few years. By that time, 92% percent of workloads will be processed by cloud data centers; versus only eight percent being processed by traditional data centers.
While IBM's primary cloud message over the past few years has been about multi-cloud, it has continued to offer its own public cloud and has targeted it at complex enterprise workloads that typically run on mainframes or other systems. Among the flurry of announcements coming out of IBM Think this week is the preview of IBM Cloud Satellite, that will shortly be available for beta. It's intended as an extension of the IBM Public Cloud that can run inside the customer's data center or out at the edge. Like IBM's other hybrid cloud offerings, underneath the hood IBM Cloud Satellite runs on Red Hat OpenShift, the Kubernetes management environment. It works by adding the mechanism of a Location that signifies an instance of IBM Public Cloud outside IBM's data centers.
In a bid to bolster its cloud workload migration tools, Google today announced that it's acquired CloudSimple, a provider of dedicated environments to run VMware workloads in the cloud. It uncoincidentally comes months after the Mountain View company teamed up with CloudSimple to extend Google Cloud Platform customers a fully integrated migration solution. Google says that the CloudSimple team will join Google Cloud, and that the tight integration of its tools will allow customers to migrate on-premises workloads directly into Google Cloud while creating new workloads as needed. Apps run exactly the same as they do on-premises, but with the benefits of the cloud, like performance and elasticity. "I'm incredibly proud of the sharp, experienced and dedicated team at CloudSimple for building this service," wrote CloudSimple CEO Guru Pangal.