We've written about how high-performance computing draws startups to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.
It turns out that it isn't the only reason startups are adding Oracle to their list of potential cloud vendors. Startups tell us reliability, security, ease-of-use, and cost savings are also drawing them to Oracle Cloud.
But here's something startups need to know: Oracle Cloud is not for every startup, and not every startup will choose to use Oracle Cloud exclusively. We support startups choosing a hybrid, mutlicloud approach to take advantage of cloud vendors' unique strengths.
Startups working in AI, data modeling, machine learning, big data analytics, and other compute-intensive domains? Oracle Cloud is built to handle heavy workloads.
"When it comes to workloads, clouds are pretty different in terms of what they're focused on," says Leo Leung, Oracle's senior director of OCI Product Management. "Most clouds today support web applications. To scale, you add more instances, and the focus is on business to consumer applications. We focus very specifically on performance-intensive workloads." (Hear more from Leo here.)
Brazil-based cloud startup DriveOn made the switch from AWS in part because of security. DriveOn creates a usage-based model for car insurance that incentivizes motorists to share their driving habits, with tips for improvement and rewards for good behavior. It wants its platform to forecast and reduce insurance claims.
The work is data-intensive, and it wasn't working on AWS.
"Oracle offers simplicity and robustness at a more competitive cost when it comes to the details of the day-to-day workload, the security confirmations are agile to implement, and we chose to transfer workload also through pricing that proved to be an attractive addition," says Expedito Belmont, DriveOn's CEO. "We do not need to think twice about adding workload. We know it will perform, and it has."
Belmont estimates he's saved about 10% since switching his entire workload from AWS to Oracle. Plus, he got more processing power. "Oracle's CPU configuration helps to reduce costs with greater processing power. This helps us make the right decision for allocating each resource. The hyper-scale and the available network resources are presented in a simple way, with a focus on latency and bandwidth."
When you are working with data about driver behavior, privacy is critical. Oracle's track record for security makes him feel confident. "We needed objectivity, cost-effectiveness, and performance. This is what is being delivered to us."
One concern startups have about moving clouds is whether the process will be seamless.
That was the case for Hyreo, a startup offering a natural language processing-enabled chatbot solution to help job candidates navigate the recruiting process.
Originally on AWS, CEO Arun Satyan was introduced to Oracle through Oracle for Startups and quickly discovered it was the right cloud for him. Oracle's expertise in computing-intensive situations is a good fit for a natural language processing solution.
What was even better was the support Arun received during the change. Oracle’s dedicated team of cloud migration experts is available to help startups in his exact situation.
"We migrated and transitioned the first customer instance in 4 days," Satyan says. He estimates Hyreo will save about 30% in the long run, owing to "better infrastructure, performance and optimized pricing models with discounts." Being part of Oracle for Startups also brings benefits beyond cloud, such as introductions to Oracle's enterprise customers that use the HR tool Taleo. Hyreo's product can be layered onto Taleo.
NeuralMed co-founder Anthony Eigier studied the pros and cons of AWS vs. Oracle and decided his AI for healthcare company is better off with Oracle. For the natural language processing component of his startup, Oracle is a logical choice "because they tend to work a lot with Oracle databases with clients. And it's text, and obviously, a lot of text databases are Oracle at their core."
But it's the services that Oracle for Startups provides like expert mentorship and introductions to enterprise accounts that give Oracle the edge.
"Everyone offers cloud credits, and that's valuable," Eigier says. "But Oracle offers an infrastructure that no one else has. Three to four weeks after joining the program, I was talking to the entire Brazil sales team for health care, showing what our products can do. And they were introducing us to Oracle health care clients in Brazil. It gives us credibility, and I would rather that than more cloud credits."