Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) is built for enterprises seeking higher performance, consistently lower costs, and easier cloud migration for their existing on-premises applications.1 Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is consistently less expensive than AWS for a wide range of popular cloud workloads for several reasons.
First, our private network connectivity charges are 74% less than AWS. Second, Oracle delivers >3X better price-performance for compute compared to AWS for general purpose compute instances. Third, for HPC workloads, Oracle provides similar performance to AWS, but is 44% less expensive and provides local SSDs, twice the RAM, RDMA networking, and a performance SLA. Fourth, for block storage, Oracle offers as much as 20X the IOPS of AWS for less than half the cost. Keep reading for more information about modern cloud economics and how customers are saving money with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.
According to IDC, OCI can provide a 474% five-year ROI and a 53% reduction in TCO.
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the cost for outbound bandwidth
better compute price-performance
Lower compute costs for HPC
AWS base IOPS for half the price
Learn more about how OCI's approach creates a differentiated cloud experience and delivers on the promise of modern cloud economics.
Price-performance metrics are based on the latest AMD SPECInt/$ values of 181 for OCI E4.2 instances and 60 for AWS m5a.xlarge instances. The previous-generation E3.2 OCI instances provided a >2X improvement over AWS m5a.xlarge instances.
For workloads that can benefit from odd core counts and nonstandard memory increments, such as 3 cores and 48GB of RAM, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure offers flexible, perfectly-sized instances. The cost savings on OCI is even more significant in this scenario—AWS r5.2xlarge instances can be 207% more expensive than OCI E4.3 instances.
8x8 migrated its video meetings services from AWS to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure for a savings of more than 80 percent in network outbound costs, global reach, and substantial performance enhancements—experiencing more than a 25 percent increase in performance per node.
As one of the core building blocks of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, our networking infrastructure is fast, predictable, and inexpensive. Our networking benefits from off-box virtualization, offering non-blocking network connectivity across every host with industry-leading quality of service. Unlike AWS, which locks in your data with extremely high pricing for network egress, our approach is to give customers every-day low pricing for network egress, making it easy and cost effective for you to deliver data out to end-users or integrated systems, even for workloads with massive data transfer requirements.
Connecting from on-premise data centers to the cloud is important for modern application performance, especially in app-to-app scenarios or large amounts of simultaneous cloud access from on-premise users. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect and AWS DirectConnect are similar services that connect customer data centers to the cloud via dedicated, private 1Gb or 10Gb connections. We offer a flat charge per port with no inbound or outbound bandwidth charges. That means Oracle Cloud Infrastructure customers get a low and predictable monthly bill that’s at least 74% less expensive than AWS at low rates of usage, with savings that increase as usage increases.
|% Utilization of 10Gbps connection||TB/Month transferred||Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect price/month||AWS DirectConnect price/month (US East)||Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Savings|
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure price2, AWS price3
Dedicated private connectivity is great for scenarios where data is moving among known locations, but it doesn’t help with sending data out to the world. With Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, you get low network outbound pricing which is over 80% less expensive than AWS in some regions. We offer low networking prices that let customers move significant volumes of data—like live video streaming, video conferencing, and gaming—at low cost. Inbound data transfer is free, and we offer ample outbound data transfer for free—the first 10TB per month for each tenancy—and charge far less after.
If you transfer 1 petabyte of data out every month, you’ll save over $46,000 a month on network charges alone.
|Bandwidth Transferred Out per month (TB)||Oracle Cloud Infrastructure price/month||AWS price/month (US East)||Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Savings|
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure price4, AWS price5
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure offers low networking prices that enable customers to move significant volumes of data at low cost. Regardless of where you decide to deploy, we make the commitment to make network pricing compelling across the globe. The table below shows outbound data transfer rates for various geographic zones, far less than AWS around the world.
|Regional mapping||Oracle Cloud Infrastructure price per GB month||AWS (Lowest cost tier)||Savings with Oracle|
|North America and Europe||$0.0085||$0.0500||83%|
|Asia, Japan, and South America||$0.0250||$0.0800||69%|
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure price4, AWS price5
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure’s compute platform is optimized for performance, flexibility, and cost. We achieve these by providing choices ranging from bare-metal instances, to virtual machines, to completely flexible instances, all at a fraction of the price of similar options on AWS. With our flexible instances, you can build your solution just how you need it with no waste - choose the specific amount of cores and memory you need without having to fit into predefined shapes.
Let’s examine how our pricing approach and flexibility play out across several compute scenarios.
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure offers general-purpose compute instances for far less than AWS. Our E4 instances are significantly less expensive and offer higher performance than both of AWS’ general-purpose and memory-optimized instance families: M5a and R5a.
|Oracle Cloud Infrastructure E4.2||AWS m5a.xlarge||AWS r5a.xlarge|
|SPECrate 2017 Integer||17.70||10.30||10.30|
|SPECrate 2017 Floating Point||26.20||13.50||13.70|
|Summary5, 6, 7||Highest performance with the lowest cost||75% more expensive for 42% less performance||131% more expensive for 42% less performance|
Our Optimized3 instances are significantly less expensive and offer higher performance than comparable instances from AWS. These instances are suitable for compute-intensive and HPC workloads.
|Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Optimized3||AWS M5.4xlarge||AWS C5n.4xlarge||AWS R5.4xlarge|
|Summary||Highest performance with lowest cost||27% more expensive for 25% less performance||43% more expensive for 19% less performance||67% more expensive for 25% less performance|
Our AMD-powered E4 compute instances have the added flexibility of selecting exactly the number of cores and memory you need, in single-core increments. For workloads that can benefit from odd core counts and nonstandard memory increments, such as 3 cores and 48GB of RAM, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure offers flexible, perfectly-sized instances while AWS requires fixed instance sizes. The cost savings on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure are even more significant in this scenario.
|Oracle Cloud Infrastructure E4.3||AWS r5.2xlarge|
|List Price||$0.147||$0.452 (US East)|
|Summary5, 6||Flexible compute shapes offer the perfect size||207% more expensive and wastes 1 core and 16GB of RAM|
Some customer workloads require extremely high I/O rates and very low storage latency. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure offers high capacity local NVMe SSD storage on Dense IO instances, with up to 51.2TB per instance and 5.5MM IOPS at < 1 millisecond latency. These instances are ideal for extreme database and big data workloads, like Apache Spark and Hadoop. AWS offers a dense storage instance family, i3en, with significantly lower IOPS at significantly higher prices.
|Oracle Cloud Infrastructures BM.DenseIO2.52||AWS i3en.metal|
|List price||$6.63||$10.848 (US East)|
|Summary5, 6, 8, 9||Highest IOPS at the Lowest Price||63% more expensive for 63% fewer IOPS|
“We saw dramatic improvement over other cloud providers... This allowed us to have a much more functional solution, reduced our costs down, and we could pass these cost savings down to our customers.”
—Navindra Yadav, Founder, Cisco Tetration
We designed our HPC instances for the most computationally intensive workloads requiring the fastest single threaded performance and the lowest latency network. All HPC instances have a unique direct memory interconnect network powered by a non-virtualized and bare-metal RDMA network. We deliver high frequency processors, fast and dense local storage, and an RDMA cluster network with < 2 microsecond latency across clusters of tens of thousands of cores. AWS doesn’t offer this architecture, and their closest solution, the C5n, is significantly more expensive.
|Oracle Cloud Infrastructure BM.HPC2.36||AWS c5n.metal|
|List price||$2.70||$3.888 (US East)|
|Storage||Local NVME SSDs||No Local NVMe SSD|
|SPECrate 2017 Integer||238||237|
|SPECrate 2017 Floating Point||206||206|
|Summary5, 6, 7||Lower costs for better performance with RDMA and performance guarantee||44% more expensive, no local SSD storage, half the RAM, with no RDMA and no performance SLA|
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure’s HPC instances offers linear performance and consistent low cost compared to AWS. For a typical Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) job, with a CFD Solver for a 140-M cell mesh, AWS’s C5n instances are about 60% more expensive than Oracle’s HPC instances across all scales. You can find more information on the AWS configuration and test results on their blog: https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/compute/running-ansys-fluent-on-amazon-ec2-c5n-with-elastic-fabric-adapter-efa/.
In the chart below, lower is better.
“Altair delivers engineering simulations at its users fingertips by leveraging the flexibility and elasticity of cloud computing. Oracle Cloud can deliver up to 20-25% better price performance for our CFD and Structural Mechanics solvers with its bare metal compute offerings with low latency RDMA networking. This helps our customer improve their product development process and bring product to market faster that their competitors without spending capital on upfront hardware purchase.”
—Sam Mahalingam, CTO, Altair
We’ve designed our storage platform as an ideal complement to our compute and networking services at a compelling price. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure offers a single block storage volume type for simplicity, with an industry-first ability to tune transactional (I/O per second) and throughput performance in seconds, without downtime. Our customers can simply select the capacity they need, at only $0.0255 per GB per month, and pay a low cost for increased performance, only when they need it and as they need it.
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Block Volumes use the latest NVMe SSDs and provide non-blocking network connectivity to every host. Oracle delivers consistent, low latency performance of up to 75 IOPS/GB to a maximum of 35,000 IOPS and 480 MB/s of throughput per volume. Every enterprise application requires block storage, and both traditional enterprise applications and newer scale out applications require consistently high IOPS. Oracle delivers this with the only storage performance SLA among large cloud providers. Further, Oracle can provide up to 700K IOPS and 9,600 MB/s of throughput per host, satisfying even the most performance intensive applications.
|Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Block Volumes (Balanced)||AWS EBS General Purpose SSD (gp2)||Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Block Volumes (High Perf)||AWS EBS Provisioned IOPS SSD (io1)|
|Maximum IOPS / GB||60||3||75||50|
|Maximum IOPS / Volume||25,000||16,000||35,000||64,000|
|Max Throughput / Volume||480 MB/s||250 MB/s||480 MB/s||1,000 MB/s|
|Maximum IOPS / Host||700,000||260,000||700,000||260,000|
|Max Throughput / Host||9,600 MB/s||7,500 MB/s||9,600 MB/s||7,500 MB/s|
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Block Volumes10, 11, AWS EBS12, 13
For the majority of workloads, our customers choose Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Block Volumes (balanced setting). This is comparable to AWS EBS General Purpose SSD storage. Our block storage offers as much as 1.5X the IOPS performance for 81% less cost for 500GB capacity.
|Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Block Volumes (Balanced)||AWS EBS General Purpose SSD (gp3)|
|Block volume capacity (GB)||IOPS Baseline||Throughput (MB/s)||Price/month||IOPS Baseline||Throughput (MB/s)||Price/month (US East)|
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Block Volumes14, AWS EBS15, IOPS16
For database and application workloads which need very high-performance storage, customers choose Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Block Volume (high performance) which offers an SLA backed 75 IOPS per GB. This is comparable to AWS EBS Provisioned IOPS. Running a high-performance volume from 100 GB to 5 TB with maximum IOPS on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is 98% less cost, at all capacities. Running a 5TB high performance volumes on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Block Volumes would save $17,227.50 a month (or 59 times less) over AWS while achieving 2.7X times the performance.
|Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Block Volumes (High Performance)||AWS EBS Provisioned IOPS SSD (io2)|
|Block volume capacity (GB)||IOPS||Price/month||IOPS||Price/month (US East)|
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Block Volumes14, AWS EBS17
OceanX saw 300% performance improvement, greater operational efficiency, and acquired more customers on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure than AWS and at 30% lower cost.
As an example, compare standard compute instance pricing in different geographies on AWS and on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, and you’ll find AWS has significantly higher prices outside of the US5. Specifically, the same compute is 56% less expensive in AWS US East than in AWS Brazil. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure offers consistent global pricing.
We designed our cloud for a consistent experience, both in performance and cost, wherever you want to deploy. Learn more about our worldwide lineup of services, how we are continually increasing our global footprint, and how we price our services for a consistent experience, regardless of where you deploy.
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure was the best balance between performance and cost for ‘Age of Ishtaria,’ enabling players to gain a better user experience while also delivering 65 percent cost savings compared to previous cloud service. Those savings then allow us to reinvest in new events and campaigns for our customers.
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|Service||OCI SKU||OCI hourly cost1||AWS SKU||AWS hourly cost2||Azure SKU||Azure hourly cost3|
Virtual machine, 4 vCPU, 16 GB
Storage optimized virtual machine, 16 vCPU, 120 GB
Bare metal, 128 vCPU, 1024 GB
Kubernetes, 100 vCPU, 750 GB
|VM.Standard.E4.Flex||$2.38||R5a.xlarge (4 vCPU/VM)||$6.90||E4as v5 (4 vCPU/VM)||$6.90|
Block storage, 1 TB, 1 volume, 15K IOPS, 125 MB/sec
|Block storage (balanced)||$0.72||EBS (gp3)||$2.76||Premium SSD v2||$2.36|
Data egress, 50 TB
|First 10,000 GB free||$0.47||First 100 GB free||$5.87||First 100 GB free||$4.65|
Private line, 1 Gb/sec, 100 TB
|FastConnect circuit fee||$0.21||Direct Connect circuit fee plus data charge||$3.04||Express Route circuit fee plus data||$4.02|
MySQL, 4 vCPU
|MySQL DB standard||$0.47||db.m5.4xlarge||$1.45||General purpose Gen 5, 8 vCore, 40 GB||$0.94|
All prices assume 730 hours per month and constant usage throughout the month. Prices rounded to the nearest cent.
1 Pique Solutions: Migrating Enterprise Workloads to the Cloud, Customer Experiences with Oracle Cloud and Amazon Web Services (PDF)
2 $1.27 per port hour for 10 Gbps x 24 hrs x 30 days. Full Oracle Cloud FastConnect pricing
3 $2.38 per port hour for 10 Gbps x 24 hrs x 30 days + data transfer. $0.0200 is the lowest data transfer pricing listed for AWS Direct Connect data transfer. Full data transfer pricing
4 Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Network Pricing as of May 1, 2020
5 All Amazon Compute and Network Pricing as of May 1, 2020
6 Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Compute pricing as of May 1, 2020
7 Spec CPU 2017 benchmarks were run non-optimized, single iteration and non-reportable. This benchmark package was run from standard performance evaluation. Stream Triad benchmarks were run at 4GB. The benchmark numbers for AWS for C5n were reported by AWS.
8 Oracle Cloud Infrastructure BM Dense IO instances read IOPS
9 AWS EC2 I3en instances read IOPS
10 Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Block Volumes Specifications
11 Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Block Volumes Host Maximum
12 AWS EBS General Purpose specifications
13 AWS EBS Provisioned IOPS specifications
14 Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Block Volumes pricing as of May 1, 2020
15 AWS EBS General Purpose pricing as of May 1, 2020
16 Comparing only baseline IOPS and not burst IOPS.
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