Oracle commits $3M of Arm based cloud credits to support CNCF
We have benefitted extensively from the Cloud Native Computing Foundation community (CNCF). Kubernetes is foundational to our application development platform on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. We are resolute in our commitment to support the work that CNCF is doing to make cloud native computing ubiquitous. We are excited to announce that Oracle will contribute $3 million per year for three years in Arm based credits on Ampere hardware to CNCF.
“The intense drive to balance performance and sustainability in cloud computing underscores the importance in enabling developers to more easily and quickly deploy on Arm-based technology,” said Mohamed Awad, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Infrastructure Line of Business, Arm. “The majority of CNCF projects today provide native support for Arm, and Oracle’s contribution is invaluable and timely in ensuring that the over 150 projects hosted by the CNCF have a solid foundation for incorporating multi-architecture software development practices.”
Oracle was one of the first cloud service providers to globally deploy Arm-based compute using Ampere Altra processors. Ampere Altra’s innovative architecture delivers high performance, linear scalability, and energy efficiency. We're excited to enable CNCF to use Arm based compute which delivers amazing energy efficiency to host various CNCF projects.
“The pairing of Cloud Native software with Ampere Cloud Native processors is a better-together formula that can provide massive benefits in cost, sustainability, and scalability,” said Sean Varley, Chief Evangelist and VP Business Development at Ampere, “Our partners at Oracle Cloud Infrastructure just gave the CNCF community a major boost with a substantial commitment of free cloud credits on OCI Ampere Arm based compute – the most efficient and scalable aarch64 cloud shapes in the industry.”
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Mahesh Thiaharajan is the executive vice president of the OCI Security and Developer Platform. His organization’s mission is simplify developers’ work by building truly flexible, open, and secure platforms. We build differentiated products that make it easy for customers to securely operate their business on OCI and modernize their DevOps practices in the cloud. He was part of the team that launched Oracle Cloud Infrastructure in 2016, and during his time at OCI, he has been involved in strategic planning and many product launches involving Compute, Database, and Big Data services, Microsoft and VMware partnerships.
Before Oracle, Mahesh worked at Microsoft Azure and was part of the team that launched Azure IaaS in 2012 and later launched Azure IaaS under Resource Manager in 2015.