Oracle on Tuesday announced the availability of AMD EPYC-powered instances on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). Oracle says it's the largest public cloud provider to have bare metal instances on AMD EPYC processors. The Compute Standard E2 platform -- the first addition to the AMD EPYC processor-based E series -- is generally available in Bare Metal as well as one, two, four and eight core VM Shapes. At 3 cents per core hour, Oracle says it's the most cost-effective instance available on any public cloud. The EPYC platform also offers more than 269 Gb/s memory bandwidth, the highest recorded by any instance in the public cloud.
AgroScout, a startup in the agritech (agricultural technology) sector dedicated to the early detection of pests and disease in field crops, is a prime example of a cutting-edge company using Oracle Cloud Native Services to migrate their application to Kubernetes and deliver an automated deployment pipeline. Cloud native technologies are all the rage right now, with a huge range of options a customer can choose from to implement both their application platform and the continuous integration/continuous delivery technologies used to deliver those applications. Now up and running, the AgroScout development team enjoys much easier management of their application with Kubernetes and a streamlined CI/CD platform, better performance from Oracle's Gen 2 cloud and much more. AgroScout surveys fields via auto-piloted drones with cameras, then processes, detects and classifies any issues in the crops before recommending treatment. They rely on Graphical Processing Unit (GPU) based machine learning as well as a set of microservices backed by a SQL database.
When anyone asks me to comment on Oracle and the Cloud wars I never give them the answer they want. The expected response is normally "They are late to the party, playing catch up with the rest of the major players" or "Oracle has an identity crisis with Cloud and commands a high price tag". Depending on your point of view (for example, you have on-premise licensing from Oracle and want Cloud services) you may view one of the expected comments and possibly relate to them. However whilst at the at the Oracle OpenWorld Europe event in January of this year something rather unusual was apparent for the naysayers of Oracle Cloud and I heard it from the horse's mouth so to speak, Steve Daheb, SVP Oracle Cloud PaaS and IaaS as well as from Kyle York, VP Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Firstly, let me point out a few facts that you may not know about Oracle Cloud services to set the scene, and some of this was news to me too!
Oracle just concluded Oracle OpenWorld 2019, its annual user conference hosted in San Francisco. Larry Ellison, Chairman and CTO of Oracle Corporation is more bullish about the company's cloud strategy than ever. Larry's keynote focused on the core differentiating factors of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. He claimed that only Oracle has the best cloud infrastructure, platform, and SaaS offerings. Ellison emphasized on the enhancements made to Gen 2 Cloud Infrastructure, Autonomous Database, and some of the new services such as the Digital Assistant Bot and a Machine Learning platform.
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.