Oracle has set its sights on AWS, Azure and other infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) providers with the launch of bare metal cloud servers that it says are 11.5X faster and 20 percent cheaper than the fastest solution offered by the competition.
The new servers are deployed in a fully virtualized network environment and offer database-as-service, network block storage, object storage and VPN connectivity. In addition, Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Services provide a secure, private and high-performance software defined Virtual Cloud Network (VCN) that allows customers to treat Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Services as a secure and elastic extension of their on-premise network. The servers are designed to maximize network throughput by providing direct connectivity between compute and storage nodes.
Another new offering is the Oracle Ravello Cloud Service, which takes enterprise VMware and Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) workloads and runs them in the public cloud without any changes. Customers can run VMware natively on public cloud without requiring VM conversion, application reconfiguration or networking changes. It is also allows enterprises to have full L2 and L3 networking flexibility in the public cloud.
The company is also introducing Oracle FastConnect, which provides secure connections from an enterprise data center to the Oracle Cloud. Connectivity options now include IPsec VPN, MPLS to connect to existing enterprise networks and Fast Connect for quick peering.