Cost Advantages to Consider when Choosing a Cloud Platform - Part 2: Performance & Automation

October 28, 2021 | 3 minute read
Justin Smith
Group Marketing Manager
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One of the biggest goals for many companies when modernizing their IT infrastructure with a cloud service provider is reducing costs, but raw cost savings is only one aspect of the overall economic value that migrating workloads to the cloud can provide. In this second part of two blog posts, I’ll cover the next two cost advantages Oracle Cloud Infrastructure offers with its unique approach to building high performing cloud infrastructure and autonomous database services.

Superior Performance

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure was designed for applications that require consistent high-performance and is architected using the latest CPUs, GPUs, networking, and storage technology. For example, OCI's Block Volume service is capable of 300,000 IOPs per volume, and up to 800,000 IOPs per host, almost 3X more than comparable AWS products, with more consistent low latency[1] [2].

Experian, a global financial services company, saw 40% better performance running Apache Spark jobs on OCI, versus their previous cloud provider. OCI's Data Flow service (managed Apache Spark) relies on underlying compute horsepower to deliver superior performance.

Beyond the obvious benefits of predictable high performance leading to faster results and improved productivity for customers, it also leads to a reduction in the amount of infrastructure resources consumed enabling customers to either reduce their IT budgets overall or stretch them and consume more for the same price.  

Automation delivers the lowest TCO for Oracle Databases

Tuning, upgrading, and patching are usually manual tasks handled by database administrators (DBAs). What if a company could automate these IT tasks whether in the cloud or on-premises? 

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure provides the advantages of having a fully managed autonomous database that tunes, upgrades, and patches on its own without any manual intervention. Oracle Autonomous Database is completely self-driving, self-securing, and self-repairing. With automation as part of a cloud platform, the need to find experts with skill sets to handle everyday management should no longer be a concern. Both developers and DBAs can now focus on what they do best: innovating. 

Customers like OUTFRONT Media and TaylorMade® Golf Company have seen significant performance increases and lower costs by moving to OCI and Autonomous Data Warehouse. 

“…we now have a high performance, self-tuning data warehouse to quickly process complex forecasting queries and a flexible cost model that we can scale on-demand without any administration.” 

Derek Hayden, VP of Data Strategy & Analytics, OUTFRONT Media 

“With Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse, we now have a scalable, low-cost cloud platform to power our business. This will help sustain growth and free up valuable employee time so they can focus on more mission-critical initiatives.”

Tom Collard, V.P. Information Technology, TaylorMade Golf Company

Expect more from a cloud platform provider

Choosing which cloud platform to move your applications and database to is more than just comparing vendors and their service offerings based on price. Other economic considerations like global pricing methodologies, consumption options, performance, and automation capabilities should also be at the top of your list. For more information, check out these links below: 


[1] Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Compute, Storage, and Network Pricing as of May 1, 2020

[2] All Amazon Compute, Storage, and Network Pricing as of May 1, 2020

Justin Smith

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