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Virtual Machines–Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Virtual machines (VMs) provide secure and elastic compute capacity in the cloud for workloads ranging from small development projects to large-scale, global applications like real-time communication platforms. A variety of VM shapes are available, including the new flexible shapes, which lets customers specify the precise number of cores (up to 80) and corresponding memory (up to 64 GB per core) to match workload requirements. This capability alleviates the concerns associated with having to choose predefined sizes.

Oracle unlocks the power of Arm-based processors

Oracle's revolutionary Arm-based compute offering, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Ampere A1 Compute, is now available on OCI. Customers can run cloud native and general-purpose workloads on Arm-based instances with significant price-performance benefits.

Optimized3 instances outperform and outprice AWS

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Optimized3 instances perform up to 58% better and provide two times better price-performance than comparable AWS Intel instances. Customers can use these instances for a variety of compute-intensive workloads.

Superior economics of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Built for enterprises looking for higher performance, consistently lower costs, and easier cloud migration for their existing on-premises applications.

Virtual Machine key features

Flexible compute capacity in the cloud

Scalable, compute instances on demand

With autoscaling, customers automatically adjust the number of compute instances in a pool to accommodate unexpected demand or save costs when fewer resources are required. We provide multiple access methods for customers via console, command line interface (CLI), or application programming interface (API).

Granular flexibility with VM shapes

With flexible VM instances, customers increase or decrease capacity in minutes by adding CPUs and memory to their existing footprint. Customers choose between 1 to 64 cores, and between 1 and 64 GB per core (up to 1024 GB per instance) to precisely match workload demands and optimize costs.

Choose from a range of VM shapes

Range of VM types and configurations

Match workloads with instance type to find your ideal fit:

  • Standard instances: choose 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 24 cores
  • Flex instances: right-size cores and memory for Intel, AMD, and Ampere processors
  • Dense I/O instances: choose up to 25.6 TB of NVMe local storage
  • GPU instances: select from NVIDIA A100 and V100 GPUs
Choose from Intel, AMD, and Ampere processors

Utilize the CPU architecture you prefer, based on workload demands:

  • Available on Intel Xeon or AMD EPYC processors (up to 64 cores)
  • Available on Ampere Altra processors (up to 80 cores, Arm-based)
  • Up to 5120 GB of memory
  • Up to 25.6 TB of local SSD storage
  • Up to 1 PB block storage

Better price and performance

Lower cost and better economics than AWS

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure’s bare metal servers are optimized for performance, flexibility, and cost. AWS i3en.metal instances can be 63% more expensive than Oracle’s BM.DenseIO2.52 instances.

Block storage price-performance advantage

Oracle block volumes can be 81% less expensive than the competition and deliver performance that meets or exceeds their offerings. Oracle’s straightforward and globally consistent cloud storage pricing has no provisioning charges for standard IOPS usage, and doesn’t use complex pricing formulas to forecast spend.

Gain network efficiency

Oracle Cloud networking infrastructure is fast, predictable, and inexpensive, offering the lowest data egress charges from a major cloud provider (including 10 TB at no charge). For customers with significant data transfer requirements, this results in a huge cost advantage. Oracle customer 8x8 saved more than 80% in network outbound costs.

Consistent global pricing

Compute, storage, database, and infrastructure prices are the same across the globe. Relative to AWS, customers can save 49% using the N.Virginia region and 67% using the Sao Paulo region.

Secure cloud infrastructure

Isolated network virtualization

Prevent attacks on customer tenancies with isolated network virtualization. A foundational element of Oracle Cloud infrastructure’s security-first architecture, the design stops malware in its tracks with a custom-designed SmartNIC to isolate and virtualize the network.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Identity and Access Management

Using easy-to-define policies organized by logical groups of users and resources, control not only who has access to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure resources but which ones and the access type. Customers manage identities and grant access by leveraging existing organizational hierarchies and federated directory services, including Microsoft, Okta and other SAML directory providers.

Hardware root of trust

Reduce the risk of firmware-based attacks against Oracle Cloud Infrastructure customer tenants with custom-built, hardware-based, root-of-trust-technology designed to wipe and reinstall the firmware every time a new server is provisioned or a new customer tenancy is established.

Oracle Web Application Firewall

Protect applications from malicious and unwanted internet traffic with a cloud-based, PCI-compliant, global web application firewall (WAF) service. By combining threat intelligence with consistent rule enforcement, this service strengthens defenses and protects internet-facing application servers.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Vault

Centrally manage and maintain control of the encryption keys and secret credentials used to protect enterprise data and access resources. The security for both are stored in Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2, Level 3-certified, hardware security module (HSM).

Users can further control permissions for individual keys and vaults with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Identity and Access Management, and monitor key lifecycle with Oracle Audit to meet enhanced compliance requirements.

Choice of operating systems and application images

Choose from popular operating systems

Oracle supports an extensive list of Microsoft Windows Server and enterprise Linux operating systems, including Oracle Linux, CentOS, Ubuntu, and many others. Oracle Autonomous Linux is a free, autonomous operating environment that reduces complexity and human error to deliver increased cost savings, security and availability.

Launch disk images from Oracle and partners

Easily discover and launch images for Oracle Applications and third-party business applications from an expanding ecosystem of Oracle partners.

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Bring your own image (BYOI)

Customers can run their own operating systems and hypervisors on Oracle compute instances and use the same image across configuration sizes.

Microservices and containers

Container registry

Developers building applications using containers leverage a highly available, Oracle-managed private container registry service for storing and sharing container images. Push or pull Docker images to and from the registry using the Docker V2 API and the standard Docker command line interface (CLI). Images can be pulled directly into a Kubernetes deployment.

Oracle Container Engine for Kubernetes

Developers building cloud native applications utilize our managed Kubernetes service to run highly available clusters with the control and security enterprises require. Users can eliminate cluster management and administrative overhead while getting the latest Kubernetes updates automatically and keeping pace with the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF).

Oracle Functions

Functions as a service (FaaS) lets developers run serverless applications that integrate with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Oracle Cloud Applications, and third-party services. Gain developer efficiency along with the community of the open source Fn Project.

Oracle Cloud virtual machine use cases

  • Optimized for Oracle Applications

    Oracle Cloud offers a suite of migration, provisioning and management tools for Oracle applications like E-Business Suite, JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, Siebel, and Hyperion, as well as related customizations and associated databases, to support customer cloud transitions. Automated migration and provisioning tools facilitate rapid deployment while maintaining key customizations.

    Migrate Oracle applications to Oracle Cloud

  • Cost-effective platform for ISVs

    ISVs build, deploy, and run their applications on Oracle Cloud because of its high performance and consistently lower costs than AWS. Altair, a leader in cutting-edge design applications, develops and runs software faster with OCI’s high-performance compute instances.

    Read Altair’s OCI story

  • Complete management and governance

    It is possible to eliminate the human effort required to monitor and manage applications and infrastructure. Oracle Cloud Management and Governance services automate the management of on-premises and Oracle Cloud environments, supporting hybrid and multicloud strategies.

    Explore Management and Governance

  • Real-time video streaming

    To meet rapidly increasing demand for its services, Zoom needed additional cloud capacity immediately. Zoom selected Oracle Cloud Infrastructure for its advantages in performance, scalability, reliability, and superior cloud security.

    Why Zoom chose Oracle

  • Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Monitoring

    Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Monitoring helps organizations optimize the resource utilization and uptime of their infrastructure and applications. This service provides fine-grained, out-of-the-box metrics and dashboards that equip DevOps, IT, and site reliability engineers (SREs) with the real-time insights to respond to anomalies as they occur.

    Explore Oracle Cloud Monitoring

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Virtual Machines customer successes

Customers across a range of industries have taken advantage of the isolation, visibility, and control offered with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure’s virtual machines.

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Facing unprecedented growth, Zoom turns to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to support millions of users.

April 6, 2021

Announcing compute instances with Third-Gen Intel Xeon Ice Lake processors

Karan Batta, Vice President, Oracle

Our core tenet has always been the absolute best price performance, giving customers the benefits of on-premises with all the flexibility of public cloud. This goal was evident when last September, when we announced a roadmap of compute hardware instances, including instances based on Intel’s third-generation Xeon scalable processors, which are code named “Ice Lake.”

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