Oracle’s public cloud will be complemented by approximately ten compute, storage, and network services. The first to arrive will be a CDN to distribute content as soon as possible to users and serve up a highly available ZFS file server access.
If Oracle’s cloud offering is often highlighted in the application and analysis segment, the resource also continues to enhance its public OCI cloud infrastructure services. The latter is accessible in 37 cloud regions around the world which will be increased to 44 by the end of the year and more and more customers are using it for workloads other than apps, he said this week. Leo Leung, Vice President, Product Manager at OCI, announced 11 additional services across computing, storage and networking. Customers include GoTo, which runs GoTo Meeting video streams on OCI’s Kubernetes service, SoundHound, which uses artificial intelligence and handles 100 million requests each month, and the global racetrack Sail GP to analyze sailboat data. The latter operates at 30,000 data points per second using elastic computing resources on OCI, load balancing, and autonomous database.
7 new data centers will be deployed by Oracle worldwide by the end of 2022. Having partnered with Microsoft several years ago, OCI has links with Azure in many regions. (enlarge image)
With the announcement of Infrastructure Services this week on OCI, available by the end of the year, the Oracle cloud will expand the variety of workloads that can be supported while maintaining simplicity and flexibility, Liu said. He invokes a strategy that aims to overcome some of the preconceptions about IaaS: the complexity of pricing and scaling, or the idea that workloads must be rewritten for the cloud. “In our 5 years in existence, we have focused a lot on being able to optimize resources without having to rewrite applications,” said the vice president. In IaaS cases, the selection includes bare-metal devices, VMs, and containers, “a diverse family but not so many that it is difficult to understand which cases to use,” Leung said. “One of the key elements in virtual machines is the flex states, where you can select the size of the CPUs and memory and just pay for that. With some cloud providers, if you want 80 cores, you have to pay 128 because the 80 option is not shown, or if you want 50, then you have to pay 64. In OCI, it indicates the number of processors and the size of the memory and you only pay for the increase.”
AMD instances with low-latency NVMe storage
In terms of computation, Oracle is announcing three new features. The first relates to container instances that can be accessed without having to manage a virtual host or having to use Kubernetes. OCI creates the instance using a secure operating system image, network, and storage. “It’s a service for those who don’t need the full coordination of the Kubernetes environment, as there are many customers who only need one or more containers to develop and test their applications,” offers Leo Leung. The second addition concerns the introduction of metal machines with the latest AMD processors. AMD E4.Dense instances are designed for workloads with attached low-latency NVMe storage, typically databases (relational or NoSQL), live virtual storage, cache, and data warehouse. Finally, the third announcement, 32, 64, and 128 core options will be offered for the Oracle Cloud VMware Solution on AMD, for use cases that require very powerful environments.
“In terms of storage, the philosophy is one, the goal is to provide enough types of storage to handle any workload and to provide more flexibility in these cases to simplify adoption.” , then described Liu Leung. “Our warehousing ads are going in that direction toward automation.” In mass storage, auto-tuning features will allow customers to automatically change the performance characteristics of volumes based on fluctuating demand. Oracle describes it as a unique ability currently on the market to meet peak demand and reduce storage costs when demand is low. The second new feature is related to ZFS file server access with high availability. “ZFS is a very popular storage software that many clients use on premises,” recalls the Vice President, OCI. “We’re making it available in the cloud, where the self-service provides a highly available, removable ZFS server that uses OCI volumes for primary storage.”
Oracle CDN and Incremental Load Balancer
Other contributions to the network portion relate to the CDN (Content Delivery Network) service that Oracle is launching to distribute content as close as possible to end customers (for software updates, for example). The provider also advertises a CDN Interconnect, which establishes direct connections with other CDN providers. “Last year, we said we were joining 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 the first step. For customers using OCI and Cloudflare, there will be no cost to move their data from private storage Us to Cloudflare Network,” Liu Leong explained. Oracle thus eliminates the intermediate cost of transmitting data to a CDN operator, interfering between the cost of storing in the cloud and the cost of distributing content over a third-party CDN.
Regarding network services, too, Oracle said it sought to simplify the number of options offered to the customer when they use the load balancing service in particular, Liu Leong explained. “What we’ve done is integrate more and more capacity into a load balancer, a network service that any customer could potentially use to manage incoming traffic to their applications,” explains the vice president. Last year, Application Server Firewall (WAF) capabilities were brought to it as well as comprehensive monitoring to simplify understanding of what is happening in the network. “We are now announcing improvements to our Web Application Firewall and integrating 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 more services have been added. Network Photographer to help identify and correct default network misconfigurations and make recommendations for network optimization. Finally, vTAP will be used to capture out-of-band packets and examine them to troubleshoot and monitor data without affecting performance.
In conclusion, Leo Leung insists on Oracle’s desire to enhance the simplicity of choice and flexibility in its infrastructure cloud services “by allowing customers to expand the choices they have made, while maintaining a good understanding of what is being offered to them.” These 11 infrastructure services will reach OCI by the end of the year, with the first two planned, CDN Interconnect and ZFS High Availability.