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."
Larry Ellison has a message for Amazon Web Services: Oracle is going to give Amazon a run for its money in the cloud market. "Amazon's lead is over," he said during his keynote address at the OpenWorld conference in San Francisco. "Amazon's going to have serious competition going forward." To that end, the company he co-founded is launching a set of new cloud datacenters that are aimed at providing more powerful compute instances to help it compete against the likes of AWS, Azure and other cloud players. The generation 2 datacenters will be capable of bringing a variety of performance improvements to customers who want to run high-performance workloads in the cloud.
Oracle's cloud business is still a blip on the radar compared to the competition, but it's the only cloud provider offering security and automation features uniquely built for the enterprise, Oracle co-founder and CTO Larry Ellison argued Monday. "Other clouds have been around for a long time, they were not really designed for the enterprise," Ellison said in his keynote address at the OpenWorld conference in San Francisco. Oracle is now selling its Generation 2 Cloud, which is available in the public cloud and will be available next year with Cloud@Customer, one of Oracle's most popular products. The most important part of the Gen 2 Cloud, Ellison said, is the autonomous database. Taking aim at cloud giant Amazon Web Services, Ellison compared the autonomous database to the reported development of an AWS semi-autonomous database.
Larry Ellison made a splash this week when he said that Oracle would give Amazon a run for its money in the cloud. Then, the company outlined the pillar of the tech titan's infrastructure offering: beefy, bare-metal servers running in the cloud. That's right: Oracle is going after a market that's full of virtualized workloads with servers that clock in with a whopping 36 physical CPU cores, according to Vice President of Engineering Don Johnson. Rather than starting from the low end of the infrastructure market and working its way up, Oracle is starting at the top and working its way down. It's a move that's aimed at power-hungry enterprise workloads that require a lot of processing power, like Oracle Database or video rendering.