Amazon Web Services (AWS) has been and is the undisputed king of the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market, and as of the end of December 2016, AWS is estimated to control an incredible 40% of the entire public IaaS market, according to the quarterly research conducted by the Synergy Research Group. AWS also leads the public platform as a service (PaaS) market ahead of its nearest competitor, Salesforce. The likes of Microsoft, Oracle, Google, and IBM are lagging behind badly, but Oracle and Alibaba are continuing to grow impressively in both the PaaS and IaaS market. However, Oracle’s main growth has been in PaaS, and it is quite far behind AWS and the chasing pack.
In 2016, Oracle Cloud launched its second-generation IaaS services in order to aggressively make inroads into the AWS stranglehold of the market. Oracle and its CEO Larry Ellison believe their latest IaaS offerings are far more comprehensive, complete, integrated, and simpler than any other offering in the market due to how seamlessly it can blend with the company’s PaaS, DBaaS, and SaaS offerings, in addition to cross-platform migration.
Oracle’s Bare-Metal servers are unprecedented
Oracle’s Bare Metal Cloud Services seek to combine the security, control, and familiarity of legacy infrastructure services with the utility and elasticity of public cloud services to provide a radically efficient and high-performance set of services. Bare Metal is designed for performance-intensive applications, predictive analytics workloads, and high-performance machine learning that justifiably claims to be years ahead of AWS’s more popular offerings.
The data centers for Bare Metal are fundamentally different as they allow Oracle to have a significant cost and performance advantage. Bare Metal allows customers to shift their complete cloud corporate data, applications, and infrastructure to Oracle Public Cloud without any alterations whatsoever, and this is something that is just not possible with AWS. This new generation service primarily seeks to provide customers with the incentive to shift to a more performance-intensive environment without a semblance of difficulty.
Bare Metal is linked to Oracle’s DBMS
Oracle is the clear market leader in database management systems (DBMS), and its share is more than double of its closest competitor, Microsoft. Owning nearly half the database market will provide Oracle’s new generation services with some serious advantages. Bare Metal servers are essential non-virtualized physical computer nodes that do not have any hypervisor going around and creating virtual machines. In essence, tenants on Oracle’s Public Cloud have direct access and control over the physical machine.
This is huge for high-performance and memory-intensive applications as the clients have a greater degree of control over their applications. Clients can provision, divide, and manage Bare Metal computing resources as required within minutes. Clients have the opportunity to deploy and manage their applications similarly to on premise data centers.
In addition, Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Identity and Access Management Services allow tenants to strictly manage and define users, policies, compartments, and access to resources. Oracle allows you to configure private virtual cloud networks (VCN) in a systematic, structural, and detailed manner. If it wasn’t for Oracle’s late entry into the market, Bare Metal would easily be the dominant market player.
Durable data storage capabilities
Bare Metal’s network storage capabilities and capacity support a wide range of I/O intensive workloads and very few other services come close to matching it. Tenants can easily use block volumes to increase the storage capacity of their individual compute instances as and when required. This provides a more durable and secure form of data storage that can easily be migrated across all types of compute instances.
In addition, tenants have very high throughput storage capacity for unstructured data. Block volumes and object storage are capable of storing large volumes of undefined, analytic data, and you will have highly secure backups as well. The Object Storage Service increases the durability of all types of data being stored.
Oracle is a complete cloud
When you look at Oracle’s offerings across PaaS, SaaS, IaaS, and DBaaS, no other vendor apart from AWS and Salesforce comes close to the complete repertoire of services offered by Oracle. AWS is IaaS heavy, and it is often exceedingly hard to integrate IaaS and SaaS on AWS, especially if you use a different vendor for SaaS. The main problem with AWS is the closed nature of their databases, but this is by design as they seek to gobble up the market.
Oracle’s IaaS services, especially Bare Metal, is far more conducive for organizations that seek to develop and test their applications on-premises and migrate the same applications across platforms. Oracle’s databases are compatible with most of the existing database applications, and it allows you to transfer entire cloud infrastructures from other vendors onto the Oracle Public Cloud without any issues.