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Why Oracle Cloud Infrastructure?

Andrew Reichman
Director of Product Management

We recently launched a "Why Oracle Cloud Infrastructure" web page that describes how Oracle's approach to cloud is different, and why we think our cloud infrastructure can be uniquely valuable to customers. I’ve been at Oracle for two years, and I joined this team because I believe that Oracle is in a position to solve technology challenges in cloud that other vendors can't. This page is our way of telling that story to the world. It’s part of a conversation that we’ve been having with many customers, and I’m excited that we're sharing the story with a wider audience.

Why Build a Cloud?

For decades, Oracle has been partnering with enterprises to solve some of their most challenging business problems by using the world’s most scalable, reliable, and performant database and business application software, and differentiated hardware to run it on. Like every other technology company in the world, we know that cloud offers significant benefits. It promises to make IT more agile to drive innovation and get customers out of the tedious business of infrastructure management. 

When we thought about the best way to serve our current and future customers, we didn't believe that any existing cloud infrastructure provider could meet their needs for consistently high performance, isolation from other tenants, compatibility with what they wanted to run, and the ability to support the most critical features of Oracle technologies. We felt that by building our own cloud infrastructure, we’d better serve customers in the long run by allowing our database and applications teams to work closely with our own cloud infrastructure teams to offer optimized solutions. 

Our Imperatives

To cloud-enable the class of applications that we know best—systems of record that Oracle customers rely on to build products, transact finances, and effectively run the most critical parts of their operations—we knew that we needed a cloud that was up to the task. Specifically, we had three imperatives in mind:

  • Our customers could not take a step backwards when moving to cloud, especially regarding performance and reliability.
  • The economics had to work by reducing costs compared to on-premises deployments and being predictable enough to facilitate budget planning.
  • Our customers had to be able to get their workloads to cloud easily, without requiring massive refactoring or excessive risk.

Performance and Reliability

For the first imperative, we built a cloud for enterprise with top-tier components and access to bare metal servers to give customers full isolation and the ability to run what they want. From an infrastructure perspective, the most important part is the network. We avoided the oversubscription that’s common with other clouds, so that performance isn’t variable from moment to moment, day to day, or month to month. This reliability enables high performance that’s validated by third party testing to have better results for key application workloads. What’s more, the level of performance that customers get doesn’t change depending on what neighbors are doing, a key requirement for demanding systems of record. Finally, we built a cloud that natively supports crucial elements of Oracle Database functionality such as Oracle Real Application Clustering (RAC), Exadata, and deep DBA controls, all of which customers rely on for production applications and are unique to the Oracle Cloud.


We offer low component pricing and simplified pricing models that make it easy to predict and manage that total cost of operations at scale. Our on-demand rates for compute, network, and storage components are materially lower than those of our competitors. But perhaps more importantly, our rates include everything that enterprises need to get the most out of our services, like storage performance, inter-region transfer and high levels of internet data egress, and unlimited data movement across dedicated private line connections. Our discount structure is simple, with a straight percentage discount offered across of all services rather than a reserved instance model that is commonly restricted to compute and is tremendously complicated to optimize. 

Moving to Cloud

We wanted to make it easy for our enterprise customers to get to cloud. We make this possible through a combination of compatibility with what our customers run, automation and expertise in lifting and shifting workloads as they are to cloud, and integration and innovation in cloud native application frameworks. When our customers run workloads in Oracle Cloud, they can take the data that they create and manage in core systems of record, and get more value out of it with integration, analytics, and new ways to distribute and understand that data.

So, Why Oracle Cloud Infrastructure?

Other clouds were built primarily for web applications, but we took a different approach. Our cloud is built to withstand the rigorous demands of critical enterprise workloads, and to transform those business processes for improved agility, reliability, and long-term business results. We believe our long history of solving business problems in technology, combined with a focus on building a cloud for the most demanding category of workloads, will drive differentiation and results for enterprise environments around the world.  Hope that you give our new page a read and feel free to let me know what you think.

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Comments ( 2 )
  • Derek Fuller Wednesday, February 13, 2019
    All wrapped around by the industry's only "Performance" SLA. Uniquely valuable indeed.
  • Philipp-Christian Grashofer Thursday, February 21, 2019
    Great article - especially the description of the imperatives!
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