Oracle has launched 11 services in its OCI public cloud

Oracle’s public cloud will be supplemented by approximately ten computing, storage and network services. First to come is a CDN for delivering content as close as possible to users and a highly available ZFS file server access service.

While Oracle’s cloud offering is often highlighted in the application and analytical component, the supplier also continues to leverage its OCI public cloud infrastructure services. The latter is accessible in 37 cloud regions around the world which will increase to 44 by the end of the year and more and more customers are using it for workloads other than applications, it said this week. Leo Leung, Vice President, Product Manager for OCI, announcing 11 additional computing, storage and networking services. Customers include GoTo, which manages GoTo Meeting video streams on OCI’s Kubernetes service, SoundHound, which uses AI and handles 100 million requests per month, and the global racing circuit Sail GP. to check sailboat data. The latter works at 30,000 data points per second using flexible compute resources with OCI, load balancing and Autonomous Database.

7 new datacenters will be deployed by Oracle worldwide by the end of 2022. Having partnered with Microsoft a few years ago, OCI has interconnections with Azure in several regions. (enlarge image)

With the infrastructure services announced this week at OCI, which will be available at the end of the year, Oracle’s cloud will expand the variety of workloads that can be supported while maintaining simplicity and flexibility, Leo said. Leung. He’s developing a strategy that aims to overcome some preconceptions about IaaS: the complexity of pricing and scaling up, or the idea that workloads need to be rewritten for the cloud. “In 5 years of existence, we have focused a lot on the ability to optimize resources without having to rewrite applications,” the vice president said. In IaaS instances, the option includes bare-metal, VM and container, “a diverse family but less difficult to understand which instances will be used,” Leung said. “One of the key elements in VMs are scalable instances, you can specifically measure CPUs and memory and just pay for that. With some cloud providers, if you want 80 cores, you have to pay 128 because it’s not offered the 80 option, or if you want 50, you have to pay 64. In OCI, you indicate the number of processors and memory size and you just pay the increment ”.

AMD instances with low latency NVMe storage

On the Compute side, Oracle announced three new features. The first is about container instances that are accessible without having to manage a host VM or having to use Kubernetes. OCI makes the instance with a secure OS image, network, and storage. “This is a service for those who do not require the full orchestration of a Kubernetes environment, many customers just need one or more containers to build their applications and test them”, presenting Leo Leung. The second addition has to do with the introduction of bare metal machines with the latest AMD processors. The AMD E4.Dense instance is intended for workloads that use low-latency attached NVMe storage, standard databases (relational or NoSQL), direct virtualized storage, cache, and datawarehouse. Finally, the 3rd announcement, 32, 64 and 128 core options will be offered for the Oracle Cloud VMware Solution on AMD, for use cases that require a very efficient environment.

“On the storage side, the same philosophy, the goal is to provide enough type of storage to handle any workload and provide more flexibility in these opportunities to simplify adoption.”, Leo Leung then described. “Our storage ads are going in this direction and toward automation.” In block storage, auto-tuning features will allow customers to automatically change the performance characteristics of volumes based on changing demand. Oracle regards them as a unique capability currently on the market to meet maximum demand and reduce storage costs when demand is low. The second new feature involves accessing the ZFS file server with high usability. “ZFS is a very popular storage software used by many customers in the area,” recalled the vice president, OCI. “We make it available in the cloud, the service provides itself with a highly available, repetitive ZFS server that uses OCI block volumes for underlying storage.”

An Oracle CDN and a growing load balancer

Other contributions involve the network component of a CDN (net delivery network) service launched by Oracle to distribute content as closely as possible to end customers (for software updates, e.g. ). The provider also advertises CDN Interconnect, which establishes direct connections with other CDN providers. “Last year, we said we would join the Bandwidth Alliance started by Cloudflare to work with other cloud providers to reduce the cost of moving data over the internet. CDN Interconnect is a first step. For customers who use OCI and Cloudflare, there is no cost to transfer their data from our storage to the Cloudflare network, ”explained Leo Leung. Oracle thus eliminates the intermediate cost of data transfer to the CDN operator, which is mediated between the cost of cloud storage and the distribution of content through the third-party CDN.

In network services as well, Oracle said it seeks to simplify the number of options offered to the customer when he uses the load balancing service in particular, Leo Leung explained. “What we did was combine more capacity with the load balancer, a network service that any customer is likely to use to manage traffic coming into their applications,” the vice president explained. Last year, firewall capabilities for the application server (WAF) were brought in here as well as end-to-end monitoring to simplify understanding of what was going on on the network. “We are now announcing enhancements to the Web Application Firewall and incorporating other load balancer capabilities to protect network traffic entering the cloud.” Similarly, Web Application Accelerator will cache and compress incoming web requests in the load balancer to improve performance. Two other services were added. Network Visualizer to help identify and correct incorrect virtual network configurations and provide recommendations to optimize the network. Finally, vTAP will be used for out-of-band packet capture and inspection to troubleshoot and monitor data without affecting performance.

In conclusion, Leo Leung stressed Oracle’s desire to strengthen the simplicity of choice and flexibility in its infrastructure cloud services “by allowing customers to measure the choices they make, while still understanding what is on offer. theirs”. These 11 infrastructure services will arrive at OCI by the end of the year, with the first two planned being CDN Interconnect and ZFS High Availability.

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