Oracle expands database offering to its cloud services

Oracle is now offering its Exadata Cloud service on bare-metal servers it provides through its data centers. The company launched Exadata Cloud two years ago to offer its database services as a cloud service and has upgraded it considerably to compete with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.

Exadata Cloud is basically the cloud version of the Exadata Database Machine, which features Oracle’s database software, servers, storage and network connectivity all integrated on custom hardware the company inherited from its acquisition of Sun Microsystems in 2010.

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The upgrade to the Exadata Cloud infrastructure on bare metal means customers can now get their own dedicated database appliance in the cloud instead of running the database in a virtual machine, which is how most cloud services are offered. Bare metal means dedicated hardware, which should increase performance.

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Oracle is gunning for AWS with new infrastructure offering

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 data centers 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 data centers will help bring a variety of performance improvements to customers who want to run high-performance workloads in the cloud.

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