This week, I spoke at Oracle Open World (OOW) to an engaged crowd of IT decision makers about some of the key trends in technology, and how Intel and Oracle jointly bring cloud innovations to accelerate IT transformation.
Intel and Oracle Collaboration on Cloud
Change is the only constant in life, as well as in business. Oracle is one of the IT technology leaders who continues to reinvent itself to stay ahead, and its big bet on cloud computing has been giving the company new sources of growth.
Intel and Oracle have collaborated for nearly 25 years. We worked together to drive increased performance for Oracle Database on Intel’s processor architecture. Now, this collaboration has extended to cloud computing as both companies embrace the “cloud first” mindset and tackle issues including security, hybrid cloud, and performance across key cloud workloads.
IT at the Core of the Business
Business outcomes are now tied to digital strategies and transformation. No longer just supporting the business, IT is now literally at the core of the business to develop new service delivery models, spark innovation, nurture product development, and engage customers in meaningful experiences. The explosion of data and the desire to use it to drive innovation and decision-making has placed new demands on IT, requiring more agility, performance, security, and reliability. Oracle Cloud has gone beyond infrastructure optimization—to add new services and capabilities based on the latest Intel® Xeon® Scalable Platform to help IT address these demands.
Disruptive performance efficiency
The all-new Intel Xeon Scalable platform represents the biggest data center advancement in a decade. New processor features such as Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (Intel® AVX-512) boosts performance, and throughput for the most demanding computational tasks in applications, such as modeling and simulation, data analytics and machine learning, data compression, visualization, and digital content creation.
Intel Xeon Scalable Platform goes beyond the processor itself, it also incorporated innovative integration with key Intel storage, networking and security technologies. Kodi Umamageswaran, Oracle Exadata Vice President of Development, joined me on stage and spoke in detail about the performance enhancements brought about by Intel Xeon Scalable processors, along with Intel® Optane™ Solid State Drive (SSD), networking integration, Intel® Virtualization Technology and integrated hardware-enhanced security accelerators. We talked about the newly announced Oracle Exadata X7, which is based on Intel Xeon Scalable Platform. Kodi provided his perspective on how Intel Xeon Scalable platform helped Exadata reach new heights of database performance:
- Increased storage capacity using SSDs based on Intel 3D NAND technology
- Increased IOPS and throughput from more, higher-performance compute cores and larger, faster flash
- Increased Ethernet bandwidth
There is nothing more convincing than the end-users of our technology describe their experiences. I was very happy to have Gareth Williams, the CEO and Founder of YellowDog, a company that accelerates and simplifies cloud rendering of 3D and visual effects artists. Gareth shared that, with Oracle Cloud Bare Metal service running on Intel Architecture, YellowDog customers can spin up 96,000 compute cores in a little over 30 minutes, delivering computer-generated image rendering projects up to 10x faster1.
Agile and trusted infrastructure with hybrid cloud
Beyond performance improvements, our customers demand unmatched agility for a broad set of workloads that scale quickly, best delivered through a hybrid cloud of public and private resources. If your business is starting up, or expanding globally, or need new app infrastructure, a public cloud could be the best choice. If you desire more control and workload-specific optimization or data privacy concerns, then private may be best. The future is a hybrid cloud world, and enterprises don’t need to choose one solution anymore. They will enjoy the flexibility to draw resources from multiple clouds, place their workload strategically, and orchestrate workload movement automatically and securely based on policy, all realized through a hybrid cloud.
With a long heritage in enterprise software and on-premises enterprise database solution, and strong commitment and investment in public cloud, Oracle is well positioned to provide competitive hybrid cloud offerings. By running Oracle enterprise applications and solutions on Intel Architecture, both on-premises and in the public cloud, Oracle helps customers enjoy a seamless cloud experience with a consistent level of performance, reliability, and security that business-critical applications demand.
Enabling new and differentiated services
Intel Xeon Scalable Platform’s high-performing cores and enhanced security capabilities spur new innovations to create new cloud services. A good example is the Oracle Blockchain Cloud Service that was announced at OOW. The advanced, enterprise-grade distributed ledger cloud platform helps customers increase business velocity, create new revenue streams, and reduce cost and risk by securely extending ERP, supply chain, and other enterprises SaaS and on-premises applications to drive tamper-resistant transactions on a trusted business network. Oracle’s Blockchain Cloud Service uses Intel Xeon Scalable processors, which include a broad set of hardware-based features that enhance blockchain security and performance. Intel's experience with blockchain, including contributions to the Hyperledger Sawtooth open source community, ensures that strong blockchain security doesn’t mean compromised performance.
For more information on what Intel and Oracle are jointly innovating, check out our News Byte announcement and articles during OOW:
- Intel Blockchain Technology Offered as a Service in Oracle Cloud
- Putting ‘Data Front and Center’ of Innovation in the Enterprise-Class Cloud
- Intel Eases Use of FPGA Acceleration: Combines Platforms, Software Stack and Ecosystem Solutions to Maximize Performance and Lower Data Center Costs