Here we are at OpenWorld, where Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is taking center stage and announcing major news. Our customers want more from us as they continue to address their most significant technology challenges on our cloud, and we’re delighted to give them a long list of new capabilities.
This year we’re putting the foot on the gas in terms of onboarding new customers, deploying regions worldwide, and fine-tuning our portfolio of higher-level services that help solve complex problems easily and effectively.
Here’s a recap on all the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure goodness.
As part of our philosophy of building an open cloud to enable customers to use the tools and software of their choice, we’ve been active on the partnership front. We’ve forged alliances with leading vendors that make our cloud platform more flexible and give customers the freedom to use what they want, without sacrifices in compatibility. Here are the highlights:
Oracle plans to open an average of one new cloud region every 23 days over the next 15 months, adding 20 more regions (17 commercial and three government), which will bring the global footprint to 36 total regions. Eleven countries or jurisdictions will have region pairs that facilitate enterprise-class, multiregion, disaster-recovery strategies to better support those customers who want to store their data in-country or in-region.
We’ve announced a new approach to cloud security. Customers of Oracle Cloud won’t bear the burden of designing secure architectures from scratch, and will be better protected from misconfigurations than in other cloud environments. New services include:
Oracle launched Autonomous Linux, which combines a cloud-optimized virtual machine image with a native cloud service called Oracle OS Management Service to help ensure higher reliability, security, and more operational efficiency at the lowest cost. Autonomous Linux is an Oracle Linux based image that performs automated patch management updates and tuning. Autonomous Linux incorporates Oracle Ksplice, which updates components and security patches without a reboot. OS Management Service complements Autonomous Linux instances with automated patch management, security, and compliance reporting and configuration management.
We think that core services should be fully elastic to accommodate changing workload requirements. To enable this, we’re launching flexible models for compute and storage.
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Next Generation Compute Platform
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Next Generation Storage Platform
To help developers, educators, and IT professionals try services and build applications on Oracle Cloud, we launched new Always Free services.
A set of core resources—including two micro-compute instances, 100 GB of block storage, 10 GB each of object and archive storage, and two Autonomous Database instances, along with limited usage of APEX, SQL Developer, Monitoring, Notifications, and Email Delivery services—is available at no charge for an unlimited amount of time, and is complemented by our existing Free Trial program, which offers a broader set of services free for 30 days.
We announced a host of new cloud data services to augment our comprehensive portfolio of structured and unstructured data management:
We’re so excited about all that we’ve accomplished during this past year, and we're even more thrilled to see our customers build amazing things with the new services and capabilities. We encourage you to learn more about Oracle Cloud and try it for yourself.
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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.