OracleVoice: 2 Technical Choices By Oracle That Reveal Its Cloud Infrastructure Strategy

Oracle’s investments in its infrastructure-as-a-service architecture, especially as they apply to helping companies move existing data center workloads into the cloud, reveal where Oracle expects to differentiate its IaaS offerings from those of Amazon Web Services.

Why should business or government leaders care about this technical differentiation? “They’ll try to move their stuff to other clouds, and they’ll find out they can’t move it,” says Clay Magouyrk, vice president of engineering for Oracle’s cloud infrastructure service and a former Amazon engineer. “This is why they should care.”

Source: Oracle

Source: Oracle

Let’s make this real by digging into just two of the many IaaS technical decisions Oracle has made: off-box virtualization and account management of cloud resources.

Stay with me here—these sound in the weeds technically, but we’ll tie them directly to how they help established companies and government agencies move to the cloud in order to reduce or even eliminate their in-house data centers. These are capabilities available in Oracle Cloud today.

1. Off-box virtualization.

When an IT team buys IaaS compute capacity, it generally gets a slice of a server inside a cloud supplier’s data center. With most cloud vendors, that server has virtualization software on it, so that the provider can carve that machine up to let several of its customers share it, as virtual machines.

Oracle, in contrast, offers the option of what it calls Bare Metal Cloud Service , in which the cloud-based server has no code from Oracle on it—no virtualization software and no software for billing or usage monitoring. All of that administrative work happens “off box,” giving customers the full performance of today’s increasingly powerful hardware.