Oracle recognized as a Leader in the 2023 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Strategic Cloud Platform Services

December 6, 2023 | 6 minute read
Clay Magouyrk
Executive Vice President, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Engineering
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We’re very pleased that Oracle was recognized as a Leader in the 2023 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Strategic Cloud Platform Services. We feel that Oracle’s positioning in this report is a strong acknowledgment of our strategy.

We have always held that organizations need more than just cloud services delivered from a small number of very large regional data centers. Instead of making customers fit into one public cloud model, we offer the full set of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) services in various deployment and operating models to fit what customers need in specific customer locations, and even across clouds, through our Distributed Cloud strategy.

Our commitment to best price performance for customers has led us to invest in technology, such as superclusters for AI Infrastructure, allowing us to get superior price performance for customers investing in AI. Speed matters to customers, especially when they pay by the hour. In addition, our decades of enterprise experience has taught us to also protect enterprise data and intellectual property. For that reason, we’re making investments to ensure customer’s data is secured and private because they take advantage of new innovations in AI. First, let’s look at the best affirmation of our approach—our customers and partners.

Innovating together with customers and partners to accelerate cloud adoption

This year, we worked with customers like Uber, Guitar Center, Vivo, and Loblaw to help them migrate, modernize, and innovate. From data center exits, to modernizing a ride-sharing platform, to scaling e-commerce, to migrating massive third-party applications, we’ve helped customers transform their businesses. Our partners and ecosystem continue to grow, including deepening partnerships with NVIDIA, Microsoft, VMware, and Red Hat, making it easier for customers to have their choice of best-of-breed technologies in the cloud.

Powering massive growth in generative AI

Many AI companies depend on OCI, including NVIDIA, Microsoft, and Databricks. We’re thrilled that Microsoft Bing conversational search uses OCI Compute to help power its rapidly growing need for GPU-enhanced compute for the inferencing of AI models.

OCI AI Infrastructure leads the industry in price-performance with products like OCI Supercluster, which scales up to 4,096 OCI Compute bare metal instances with up to 32,768 GPUs. OCI offers numerous GPUs, such as the A100 and H100, in partnership with NVIDIA and NVIDIA's full accelerated computing stack, including NVIDIA AI Enterprise and DGX Cloud.

Customers continue to utilize OCI AI capabilities, including a new Generative AI service, we announced to help organizations improve automation, decision-making, and customer experiences, while keeping their data secure and private. Built in partnership with Cohere, this new service also forms the basis for generative AI capabilities embedded across Oracle’s suite of SaaS applications.

Providing customer choice with distributed cloud

We were pleased that Gartner positioned Oracle as a Leader in the recent 2023 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Distributed Hybrid Infrastructure.  

Oracle's distributed cloud offers customers all the advantages of cloud with greater control over operations, data residency, and proximity. We added a private label offering, Oracle Alloy, which enables partners to deploy the full stack of OCI capabilities for their end customers. Nomura Research Institute (NRI) plans to use Alloy to provide a compliant cloud for their customers in Japan.

Our new, compute-focused offering, Compute Cloud@Customer, provides rack-scale OCI Compute within customer data centers, typically paired with Exadata Cloud@Customer. The latest generation of the Oracle Exadata platform, X10M, which powers Exadata Database, Autonomous Database, and Exadata Cloud@Customer, offers unrivaled performance and availability.

OCI continues to expand its global footprint. Now totaling 65 customer-facing regions in 25 countries, recent additions include Oracle EU Sovereign Cloud and Oracle Australian Government Cloud. We also launched our second commercial public cloud region in Mexico, a region in Serbia, and announced more regions in Singapore and Saudi Arabia.

Running more workloads with new data and container management options

OCI is building on its deep capabilities in data management and expanding the application development opportunities to use that data in the cloud. We just announced the availability of OCI PostgreSQL and OCI Cache with Redis, as well as a major update to OCI Search with OpenSearch. These managed services provide 100% compatibility with their open source projects and take advantage of key OCI infrastructure differentiators, like flexible compute and autotuning block volumes, to deliver high performance and autoscaling.

We've enhanced our container management portfolio with OCI Container Instances to offer a simple, inexpensive way to use fully managed containers. We also added a fully serverless option to our Oracle Container Engine for Kubernetes (OKE) where OCI manages both the control plane and worker nodes. Your containerized workloads can scale up and down with no limits on CPU and memory resources on the nodes. Other new capabilities make Kubernetes simpler and more secure, such as Oracle Cloud Guard Container Governance, life-cycle management, and workload identity.

We also released Java 21, which continues our open source leadership of the world's most popular development language, including 15 enhancement proposals submitted by the community across six different categories. You can now power OCI Functions with the new, cloud native runtime, GraalOS, with subsecond cold start capabilities using half the memory as before. Java-based functions are supported first, to be followed soon by other languages.

Strengthening OCI’s security, availability, and infrastructure

The OCI Key Management service was enhanced with the OCI Dedicated Key Management and External Key Management services. External Key Management enables customers to use third-party key management systems, such as Thales CipherTrust Manager, to hold their own encryption keys outside of OCI to help meet regulatory requirements. It's available in all cloud regions, including Oracle EU Sovereign Cloud.

Oracle Access Governance helps customers automate and simplify the security of their critical digital resources by better assigning, monitoring, and managing user access. We also added five new compliance programs for a total of 84 compliance and regulatory programs, across 118 services, covering 23 countries.

We introduced OCI Full Stack Disaster Recovery, which provides a simple and consistent interface to orchestrate disaster recovery operations for many different systems.

Oracle Cloud Migrations was released, supporting migrations from on-premises environments and other clouds. You can now use OCI virtual machine (VM) live migrations to move running VMs between physical machines with no downtime, together with their storage and network, over a dedicated virtual network interface with bandwidth reserved just for the migration.

We've refreshed our OCI Compute offerings, with new instances based on the latest AMD and NVIDIA processors. Customers can now take advantage of the flexibility of AMD and the price-performance of Ampere Arm across bare metal, flexible VMs, container instances, OKE, and functions.

It's been an incredible year. We’re proud of the hard work of the OCI team and the impact we’ve had with customers. Whether you already have a primary cloud or not, OCI should be part of your portfolio.

Want to know more? 

Read the entire Gartner Magic Quadrant for Strategic Cloud Platform Services Report. Enterprise and cloud architects can get started with OCI by browsing and deploying from our catalog of nearly 300 reference architectures. Engineers and developers can try Oracle Cloud Infrastructure for free today.

About this report

Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Strategic Cloud Platform Services, David Wright, Dennis Smith, Ajay Chauhan, Alessandro Galimberti, Kevin Ji, Miguel Angel Borrega, 4 December 2023

Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Distributed Hybrid Infrastructure, Julia Palmer, Tony Harvey, Michael Warrilow, David Wright, Jeffrey Hewitt, 27 September 2023.

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Clay Magouyrk

Executive Vice President, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Engineering

Clay runs the engineering and software development team for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, based in Seattle.  He has experience building cloud systems at scale at Amazon and elsewhere and was one of the first members of the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure team, working on Oracle’s Generation 2 Cloud since its inception.

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