Oracle Exadata is the company’s on-premises and public cloud database platform. It originally launched in 2008 as the Exadata Database Machine, a converged system combining hardware, software, and storage. Oracle made the database available as a cloud service two years ago.
The Exadata Cloud now runs on Oracle’s next-generation cloud infrastructure — its Bare Metal Cloud — that CTO Larry Ellison announced at last year’s Oracle OpenWorld. The company claims this infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offering is faster and performs better than Amazon Web Services (AWS).
The company’s IaaS is also compatible with Oracle databases deployed on-premises, which helps businesses transition their applications to the cloud and utilize a hybrid cloud strategy, said Leo Leung, director of product management at Oracle.
“We’ve had this very optimized database infrastructure with Exadata,” Leung said. “With this next-generation cloud infrastructure, we’re providing all the other components you need to have extreme performance throughout the stack.”
The bare metal servers enable customers to run high-demand applications in the cloud with the same levels of speed and performance that they would experience on premises, Leung said. This includes applications that use use real-time targeting, analytics, or personalization. And businesses don’t have to rewrite these applications if they want to move them between Oracle’s public and private clouds, he added.
“A lot of these public clouds force people to rewrite things,” he said. “You can do it, and you can move these applications into the cloud, but then a lot of things on the backend may break, and it may not be as reliable.”
These other public cloud providers are “like Southwest Airlines” but enterprises are used to private jets. “We’re trying to give them that private jet experience,” Leung said.
Earlier this month Oracle rolled out a slew of updates to its suite of cloud applications for business customers.
In July the company added more services to its private cloud in a move that aims to make enterprise data centers look and feel just like the Oracle Cloud. It also debuted a platform to support enterprise monetization efforts from Oracle Cloud deployments.