Oracle cloud infrastructure boosted with industry leading product enhancements Fastest compute processors, GPUs, block storage and highest scale elastic DNS service
By Charindra Chandrasena
Technology giant Oracle Corporation has announced upgrades to its infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offering, including the fastest compute processors, the fastest graphics processing units (GPUs) and the fastest block storage solution delivered by any major cloud vendor in the industry.
Oracle has also enhanced its networking capabilities by becoming the first public cloud provider to introduce 25 Gigabit Ethernet networking directly to the host, in addition to offering the highest-scale elastic DNS service in the industry.
These enhancements were announced by Oracle President of Product Development Thomas Kurian at the recently concluded Oracle Open World 2017, the company's flagship annual event, held in San Francisco USA.
"We're introducing amazing technology in the infrastructure layer to enable you to get world-class infrastructure delivered to you through a browser," he said, opening his keynote address.
Through these enhancements, Oracle hopes to convince the largest enterprises – that haven't moved most of their operations out of their own data centres – that Oracle's cloud services can transform their businesses.
Kurian demonstrated, in a number of scenarios, how the platform has been structured from the ground-up to empower customers to transform business through cloud services, fulfilling Oracle's original cloud vision.
"Over 10 years ago, when we started building the Oracle Cloud, we had a simple mission. We wanted anyone, anywhere in the world, to be able to access and use our software and all they would need is an internet browser or a phone. They wouldn't need to have data centres or buy servers or storage or highly-skilled operators. By doing so, we felt we could transform the way every company and every person would re-imagine the power of our software. Today, 10 years later, we will showcase not just the new innovations in Oracle Cloud, but also a glimpse into the future of Oracle."
He first introduced the world's fastest computer processors with speeds up to 50.15 per core per hour.
"This has unbelievable performance, as well as cost."
He went on to announce the world's fastest GPUs, along with elastic artificial intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) infrastructure.
"To run your AI algorithms and machine learning algorithms, we are announcing the world's fastest GPUs and a world-record AI benchmark," he said.
Unveiling the fastest block storage solution in the industry, which has speeds of 60 IOPS/GB (Input/output operations per second/gigabyte) he said, "This solution is all flash, with very fast IO rates to run IO-intensive applications, like databases, extremely fast and with highly predictable performance."
Thereafter, he announced an enhancement to Oracle's networking offering, with a globally elastic Domain Name System (DNS) that provides 100 gigabits per second through each load balancer.
"We are the first public cloud provider to introduce 25 Gigabit Ethernet networking directly to the host. Most cloud data centres run 1 gigabit or 10 gigabit Ethernet. We have also integrated the highest-scale elastic DNS service in the industry to allow you to scale your DNS to multiple points of presence and optimize how we do traffic routing down to you."
The DNS offers over 300 measurement and edge locations globally, with 240 billion data points and 40 billion traffic optimizations daily, and an average global DNS query time under 30 milliseconds.
Headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, Oracle serves 430,000 customers in 175 countries and 25,000 partners, and employs over 138,000 people. In the 2017 financial year it recorded a total revenue of US$ 37.7 billion. The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centres throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.
Ceylon Today covered Oracle Open World 2017, which ran from 1 to 5 October, as the Sri Lankan media representative.
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