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  • October 20, 2016

A Major Step Forward For IaaS

John Foley, Senior Director, Corporate Communications, Oracle

The market for infrastructure as a service (IaaS) advanced last week when Oracle introduced new cloud services that compete not just on price and performance, but in how they support new types of cloud development and enterprise workloads. 

First, the details: At Oracle OpenWorld 2016 Oracle announced Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Service, Oracle Ravello Cloud Service, and Oracle Container Cloud Service, in addition to IaaS enhancements. The bare metal servers are 11.5 times faster and 20 percent cheaper than competing services. 

The big picture is that IaaS, once a commodity market, is quickly becoming differentiated. Thomas Kurian, president of product development for Oracle, points to performance, scalability, reliability, customer control, security, and ease of migration as the advantages Oracle offers cloud customers. 

Oracle does that through a combination of hardware and software architecture and ultramodern network design, Kurian told me in an interview, in which he discussed Oracle's compute, storage, and network offerings in great detail.

Kurian also talked about Oracle's latest efforts to make its infrastructure and other cloud services more widely available to developers around the world, including a new class of infrastructure developers. For more on Oracle's IaaS strategy, see Thomas Kurian Outlines What's Next in Oracle Cloud.

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