Oracle Cloud Infrastructure: Oracle was founded in 1977 around the concept that truly relational databases were the key to the future of business computing. The company quickly grew as their vision for the advantages of relational databases turned out to be right on the money. Through organic growth and key acquisitions, the company has built a wide-ranging suite of mission critical business software packages and become the second largest software company in the world.
Oracle launched their cloud platform, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), in 2016. Initial markets were business software users who would utilize either the Infrastructure as a Service or Platform as a Service offerings.
The key differentiation for Oracle is their dedication to offering ‘bare metal’ options for cloud instances. This gives users access to the latest and greatest system components coupled together with high speed interconnects – without the performance robbing overhead that comes with typical cloud instances. They provide these systems at costs that are significantly lower than their competitors, which is an added bonus. OCI also makes it easy for customers to use any of the leading file systems to ensure maximum performance and scalability.
The OCI offerings, high performance at low cost and flexible bare metal configurations, are tailor made for HPC users, which explains why the platform is gaining favor with the community.
Guest Commentator: Kevin Jorrissen, Distinguished HPC Cloud Architect, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure
In this episode, we discussed Oracle’s participation in the competition, why they’re involved, and got his take on the Big Board. As always, we had an interesting and fun conversation.