Oracle Cloud launches its first AMD chip-based platform

Oracle Cloud launches its first AMD chip-based platform

Advanced Micro Devices' continued re-entry into the server market behind the strength of its Epyc chips launched previous year got another boost this week when Oracle officials said they were introducing Epyc-based instances in the company's Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. In addition, 16- and 24-core VM instances will be provided in the first half of 2019. AMD for more than a decade, since the launch of its initial Opteron processors, has steadily lost ground to Intel, which holds more than 95 percent of the data center market. Running on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Oracle Autonomous Database is a self-driving, self-securing, and self-repairing database that automates key management processes, including patching, tuning and upgrading to keep critical infrastructures automatically running for a modern cloud experience.

"At greater than 269GB per second, the "AMD EPYC" platform offers the highest memory bandwidth of any public cloud instance", he added.

He noted AMD's partnerships with such Hadoop distribution providers, including Cloudera, Hortonworks, MapR and Transwarp. At $0.03/Core hour, the AMD EPYC instance is up to 66 percent less on average per core than general objective instances offered by the competition2 and is the most cost-effective instance available on any public cloud.

Advanced CFD solvers such as Altair ultraFluidX and Altair nanoFluidX are optimized on the Oracle Cloud to provide overnight simulation results for the most complex cases on a single server. ultraFluidX provides fast prediction of the aerodynamic properties of passenger and heavy-duty vehicles, buildings and other environmental use cases. nanoFluidX predicts the flow in complex geometries with complex motion, such as oiling in powertrain systems with rotating gears and shafts, using the Smoothed-Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) simulation method.

In conclusion, Hurd said cloud is irrefutable and foundational.

Rollout of the new EPYC instances will start with the US East-Ashburn region from today, rolling out to London by the end of the month and other US/Europe locations by the end of the year.

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"The problem with Amazon's approach is a fundamental problem with the architecture of the Cloud".

Other public clouds that have deployed EPYC include Microsoft Azure and Baidu (announced in December 2017), and Packet, a bare metal cloud for developers (rolled out in February).

US-based multinational software company Oracle has expanded its cloud services with several new blockchain products in a bid to make that part of its business more attractive in a market where traditional technologies dominate. And by taking the labor out of those tasks, the technology eliminates human error.

According to a press release published by Oracle, the new cloud services contains a Web Application Firewall (WAF) created to stop attacks on web traffic, a Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) protection to prevent malicious actors from disrupting customer applications, an integrated Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB), which monitors and enforces secure configurations, and a Key Management Service (KMS) that allows customers to control the encryption of their data.

Oracle Autonomous Database uses groundbreaking machine learning to enable unprecedented availability, high performance and security at a much lower cost. "It never goes down". "I spoke to a customer today who's very happy with his move from OBIEE to the new generation, and the promise of a [data warehouse] that not only performs better right away because of better configuration and function/security patches being automatically kept up to date, but also can become adaptive - automatically adjusting configuration and adding capabilities based on changes - is potentially a game changer".

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