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Oracle Cloud Infrastructure—Compute

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) provides secure and elastic compute capacity in the cloud that ranges from flexible virtual machines (Flex VMs) and high performance bare metal servers to HPC, GPU, container orchestration, and management. Available on demand, compute instances provide developers with the choice, scalability, and economics required for enterprise workloads spanning from traditional back office to modern cloud native applications. Customers can choose from Intel, AMD, and Arm-based compute shapes.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure—Compute
Oracle unlocks the power of Arm-based processors

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

The best value in flexible x86 compute instances

E4 compute shapes use AMD’s EPYC processors and support all x86 applications. These shapes include the industry’s largest bare metal server, which provides 3x better price-performance than competing offerings. Industry-first flexible VMs provide tailor-made shapes for every workload.

OCI performs 58% better than comparable AWS Intel instances

OCI Optimized3 instances perform up to 58% better and provide 2X better price-performance than comparable AWS Intel instances.1 Not all clouds, or processors are the same, and the performance and the savings you realize might surprise you.

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Oracle Cloud Compute key features

Security built-in

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) protects data and applications by combining layers of defense across the network, physical hardware, and web-facing services that are aligned to hardened operational procedures. Oracle Cloud's security design has been recognized as more enhanced than on-premises offerings by 75% of those surveyed in the 2020 Oracle and KPMG Cloud Threat Report.

Oracle provides end-to-end customer isolation. Always-on encryption protects customer data at rest, and APIs use HTTPS. Easy-to-use security, identity, and management policies further constrain access to services.

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Consistent high performance and availability

Enterprise customers expect high-performance infrastructure that responds consistently to ongoing application demands. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure enables high performance and consistency across enterprise, cloud native, and HPC workloads by not oversubscribing compute, network, and storage resources.

Cloud application companies expect to be online 100% of the time. To ensure 24/7 cloud availability, companies can leverage Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to deploy applications across multiple fault domains, regions, and/or availability domains (ADs).

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Lower cost and better economics than AWS

Oracle is consistently less expensive than AWS for several reasons. Our instances are up to 75% less expensive and our cost-effective data egress pricing allows customers to inexpensively move data to and from the cloud at costs up to 84% less than AWS. Lastly, our block storage offers 1.5x the IOPS performance of AWS and is 81% less expensive. 2

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Broad OS and image support

OCI supports a number of prebuilt, Oracle-provided images and user-created, custom images. Choose from the most popular Linux and Windows operating systems—including Oracle Autonomous Linux, CentOS, Ubuntu, or Microsoft Windows—to run on virtual machines or bare metal.

Oracle Cloud Marketplace provides hundreds of business apps and services. Marketplace images span a variety of use cases, including application development, backup and recovery, big data, blockchain, cloud management, database management, migration, packaged applications, and security.

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Oracle Cloud Compute instances

Direct access to 100% of bare metal compute resources

Bare metal servers provide customers isolation, visibility, and control of an entire dedicated server. For the most demanding applications, Oracle’s bare metal instances scale up to 160 cores (the largest in the industry for Arm-based servers), 2TB of RAM (for Intel/AMD servers) and up to 1 PB of block storage. Other cloud providers install agents and additional software, but at Oracle we install zero software on bare metal machines. As a result, customers gain the highest possible levels of performance.


Supports up to 80 cores and 5120 GB RAM

Virtual machines provide secure, elastic, compute capacity in the cloud, accommodating workloads of all sizes. Choose from a wide variety of VM shapes, including our new flexible shapes, which allow customers to define the number of cores up to 80 and corresponding memory up to 5120 GB. Dense I/O shapes also offer up to 25.6 TBs of local NVMe SSD storage for applications requiring low latency, millions of IOPS, and high local storage capacity.

  • 1 to 80 cores
  • Up to 5120 GB of memory
  • Up to 25.6 TB of local SSD storage
  • Up to 1 PB block storage
  • Standard instances
  • Dense I/O instances

Designed for high-performance workloads

GPU instances are used to accelerate machine learning (ML), artificial intelligence (AI), and HPC workloads. IT leaders, HPC managers and data scientists process and analyze massive data sets efficiently on Oracle’s GPU-based instances with up to 52 cores and 1 PB of block storage.

  • 6 to 52 cores
  • 2 to 8 GPUs
  • NVIDIA Tesla (Pascal or Volta)
  • 192 to 768 GB RAM
  • Up to 1 PB block storage
  • Two 25 Gbps network interfaces

VM instances at 50% discount

Preemptible instances are virtual machines (VMs) running on the same hardware as standard instances. They provide a low-cost alternative for workloads that can tolerate interruptions, including batch, interruptible, and low-priority jobs. Unlike competing offerings from other vendors, pricing for preemptible instances is simple and predictable: always 50% off your regular compute VM rates, on every supported shape, in every region.

  • Same performance as standard instances
  • 50% savings over standard compute instances (in addition to UCM discounts)
  • Same management experience as standard instances
  • Ideal for CI/CD, big data analytics, simulations, transcoding jobs, and other interruptible workloads

VMs that automatically adjust to workload demand spikes

By automatically adjusting to workload demand spikes, burstable instances offer substantial savings for workloads that don’t require continuously high CPU performance. Using a baseline CPU utilization metric, customers can right-size these VMs for workloads needing a small amount of CPU most of the time but a higher amount occasionally. Burstable instances are optimized for low CPU workloads, such as development environments, CI/CD pipelines, logging systems, static websites, and some microservice applications.

  • Easy, flexible configuration: 1–64 cores, with 1–64 GB memory per core
  • Baseline utilization to 12.5% or 50% of total CPU
  • Automatic, short bursts up to 100% of CPU
  • Workload demand spikes without intervention
  • Simple pricing making it easy to predict compute expense
  • Flexible configuration via Console, API, CLI, and Terraform

Run VMware workloads natively on Oracle Cloud

Oracle Cloud VMware Solution provides a customer managed, native VMware-based cloud environment, installed within a customer’s tenancy. It offers complete control using familiar VMware tools. Move or extend VMware-based workloads to the cloud without rearchitecting applications or retooling operations.

  • 3-node cluster
  • 156 cores on Intel Xeon processors
  • 2304 GB of RAM
  • 153 TB of raw storage
  • Includes VMware vSphere, vSAN, NSX
  • Certified by VMware, built by Oracle
  • VMware ecosystem-compatible

End-to-end container lifecycle management

Kubernetes is open source software that allows customers to deploy and manage containerized applications at scale. Oracle Container Engine for Kubernetes (OKE) is a developer-friendly, cloud native, managed Kubernetes service for running highly available clusters that support x86 and Arm64 architectures. To keep pace with developments in the open source community, Container Engine for Kubernetes provides automatic updates and patching.

  • One-click clusters
  • Built-in cluster add-ons
  • Private registry
  • Managed control plane
  • Multiple availability domain support

Store and share container images

Oracle Container Registry is a private container registry service for storing and sharing container images. Customers access images with the Docker CLI, or pull them directly into Oracle’s Container Engine for Kubernetes, Oracle Visual Builder Studio or third-party build automation tools such as Jenkins and Gitlab.

  • Docker Registry v2 compliant
  • Native token authentication
  • Native identity and access
  • Co-located with Container Engine for Kubernetes
  • Support for read-only and public repositories
  • Auto-cleanup

Fully managed Linux OS

Oracle Autonomous Linux is the first, free, and only autonomous operating environment that reduces complexity and human error to deliver increased cost savings, security, and availability for Oracle Cloud customers.

  • Binary compatibility with IBM’s Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • Integrated with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure notification and monitoring services
  • Prompt protection from zero-day vulnerabilities, with no downtime
  • Automated package and patch management
  • Security compliance reporting and enforcement
  • Oracle Linux Premier Support included

Serverless platform driven by events and APIs

Functions as a service (FaaS) lets developers run serverless applications that integrate with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Oracle Cloud Applications, and third-party services.


Capacity Reservations

Oracle customers can set aside virtual machine and bare-metal compute instance capacity in a region to assure availability and ensure business continuity. Customers can quickly create capacity reservations using the Console, API, or CLI. Reservations can be modified or deleted at any time with no minimum time commitment. Reservations are billed at 85% of the regular resource price, reducing the cost of maintaining disaster recovery (DR) or buffer capacity, compared to hot-spare approaches.

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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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