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Oracle Cloud Infrastructure vs. AWS

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is built for enterprises looking for higher performance, consistently lower costs, and easier cloud migration for their existing on-premises applications. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is consistently less expensive than AWS for a wide range of popular cloud workloads for several reasons: First, in the area of networking, charges for outbound bandwidth are 74% less expensive than AWS. Second, for compute, Oracle delivers >2x better price/performance over AWS for general purpose and memory-optimized instances. Third, for HPC workloads, AWS provides similar performance to Oracle, but is 44% more expensive and provides no local SSDs, half the RAM, no RDMA networking, and no performance SLA. Lastly, for block storage, Oracle offers as much as 20x the IOPS performance of AWS for less than half the cost. Read below for more information on how customers are saving money with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.


the cost for outbound bandwidth


better compute price/performance


lower compute costs for HPC


the IOPS for half the price

8x8 saves 80% in network egress costs

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.

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Delivering network efficiency that doesn’t hold your data hostage

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.

Private connectivity: Simple fixed monthly price includes unlimited data transfer

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
3% utilization 97.2 $918 $3,564 74.24%
10% utilization 324 $918 $8,100 88.67%
30% utilization 972 $918 $21,060 95.64%
40% utilization 1,296 $918 $27,540 96.67%
50% utilization 1,620 $918 $34,020 97.30%

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure price[2], AWS price[3]

Public connectivity: Over 80% less expensive in North America and Europe

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
1 Free $92 100%
10 Free $922 100%
50 $348 $4,403 92.09%
100 $783 $7,987 90.19%
500 $4,265 $29,491 85.54%
1000 $8,617 $55,091 84.36%

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure price[4], AWS price[5]

Better network pricing across all regions

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%
Middle East $0.0500 $0.0650 23%

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure price[4], AWS price[5]

Compute: Better price/performance and precise sizing

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.

General purpose compute: > 2X better price/performance for general purpose and memory-optimized instances

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure offers general purpose compute instances for far less than AWS. Our E3 instances are significantly less expensive and higher performance than both of AWS’ general purpose and memory optimized instance families: M5 and R5.

  Oracle Cloud Infrastructure E3.2 AWS m5.xlarge AWS r5.xlarge
Cores 2 2 2
List Price $0.0980 $0.1920 (US East) $0.2520 (US East)
RAM 32GB 16GB 32GB
SPECrate 2017 Integer 15.90 11.91 13.60
SPECrate 2017 Floating Point 22.80 15.8850 16.60
Stream (MB/s) 41,941 12,475 30,827
Price/Performance (SPECInt/$) 162 62 54
Summary[5][6][7] Highest performance with the lowest cost 96% more expensive for 25% less performance 157% more expensive for 14% less performance

AWS fixed shapes result in significant waste

Our AMD-powered E3 compute instances have the added flexibility of selecting exactly the number of cores and memory you need, in single core increments. For workloads requiring 48GB of RAM, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure offers the perfect size due to its flexibility, while AWS requires a fixed size instance offering 64GB of RAM. The cost savings on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure are even more significant in this scenario.

  Oracle Cloud Infrastructure E3.3 AWS r5.2xlarge
Cores 3 4
List Price $0.147 $0.504 (US East)
Summary[5][6] Flexible compute shapes offer the perfect size 242% more expensive and wastes 16GB of RAM

High I/O intensive compute: Highest IOPS at the lowest price

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 $10.848 (US East)
Total Cores 52 48
Total Storage 51.2TB 60TB
Read IOPS 5.5M 2M
Performance SLA Yes No
Price/Performance (IOPS/$) 892K 185K
Summary[5][6][8][9] Highest IOPS at the Lowest Price 63% more expensive for 63% fewer IOPS
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“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

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High performance computing: supercomputing at your fingertips

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
Memory 384GB 192GB
Networking RDMA No RDMA
Performance SLA Yes No
SPECrate 2017 Integer 238 237
SPECrate 2017 Floating Point 206 206
Stream (MB/s) 146,984 140,833
Summary[5][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

Consistently low cost HPC, with linear performance

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:

In the chart below, lower is better.

High performance computing savings
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“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

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High-performance block storage that makes it simple to save money

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 down time. 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.

Simple block storage for any workload

  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 80,000 700,000 80,000
Max Throughput / Host 9,600 MB/s 2,375 MB/s 9,600 MB/s 2,375 MB/s

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Block Volumes[10][11], AWS EBS[12][13]

General workloads: More performance for 58% less cost

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 20x the IOPS performance for 57.5% less cost, at any capacity.

  Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Block Volumes (Balanced) AWS EBS General Purpose SSD
Block volume capacity (GB) IOPS Baseline Price/month IOPS Baseline Price/month (US East)
100 6,000 $4.25 300 $10.00
500 25,000 $21.25 1,500 $50.00
1,000 25,000 $42.50 3,000 $100.00
5,000 25,000 $212.50 15,000 $500.00
10,000 25,000 $425.00 16,000 $1,000.00

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Block Volumes[14], AWS EBS[15], IOPS[16]

High I/O storage workloads: Max IOPS for up to 98% less cost

For database and application workloads which need very high performance, 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 700 GB with maximum IOPS on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is 98.2% less cost, at all capacities. Running a 700 GB high performance volume on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Block Volumes would save $2,320.85 a month over AWS.

  Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Block Volumes (High Performance) AWS EBS Provisioned IOPS SSD
Block volume capacity (GB) IOPS Price/month IOPS Price/month (US East)
100 7,500 $5.95 5,000 $337.50
200 15,000 $11.90 10,000 $675.00
300 22,500 $17.85 15,000 $1,012.50
400 30,000 $23.80 20,000 $1,350.00
500 35,000 $29.75 25,000 $1,687.50
600 35,000 $35.70 30,000 $2,025.00
700 35,000 $41.65 35,000 $2,362.50

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Block Volumes[14], AWS EBS[17]

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OceanX saw 300% performance improvement, greater operational efficiency, and acquired more customers on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure than AWS and at 30% lower cost.

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Globally consistent experiences at a global price

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 US[5]. Specifically, the same compute is 56% less expensive in AWS US East than in AWS Brazil. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure offers consistent global pricing.

Consistent global pricing

global pricing chart

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.

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“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.”

—Mr. Yuki Horikoshi, general manager of engineering, Mynet Inc.

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Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Customer Successes

Customers across all industries and regions share their cloud cost savings and performance results.

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8x8 saves 80% on Network outbound costs on Oracle Cloud

Use case: Custom/ISV App on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

  • Hyperscales quickly to support demand
  • Increases performance by 25%
  • Exceeds 20 million monthly active users worldwide


Oracle Cloud Infrastructure provides industry-leading security, global reach and an unmatched level of support combined with exceptional price and performance that we need now and in the future. The added benefit of a strong go-to-market opportunity on the Oracle Cloud Marketplace was also a key differentiator for this partnership.
—Vik Verma, CEO, 8x8
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Cisco customers save 90% using Tetration SaaS

Use case: Custom/ISV App on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

  • 15x improvement in CPU utilization
  • 60x performance improvement over on-premises


We’re seeing our customers save up to 90% on TCO running Tetration on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure as compared to Tetration on premise.
—Navindra Yadav, Founder, Cisco Tetration
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Zoom Chooses Oracle Cloud for Outstanding Performance

Use case: Custom/ISV App on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

  • Scaled to millions of concurrent users within 5 weeks
  • Routes 7+PB of data per day through Oracle Cloud globally


We explored multiple platforms, and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure was instrumental in helping us quickly scale our capacity and meet the needs of our new users. We chose Oracle Cloud Infrastructure because of its industry-leading security, outstanding performance, and unmatched level of support
—Eric S. Yuan, CEO, Zoom
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McAfee Saves 75% on Oracle Cloud vs Competitors

Use case: Custom/ISV App on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

  • Reduced implementation time by 10x from 30 days to 3
  • Support 500k events/sec across 600k data sources


Together, the unique attributes of McAfee ESM Cloud and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure help customers build a security operations center that can ingest data or search and scale correlation rules at speeds never before seen on volumes of data sources.”
—Anand Ramanathan, Vice President of Product Management, McAfee
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Altair Achieved 25% Better Price Performance vs Other Solutions

Use case: HPC on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

  • 25% better price performance
  • Better customer experience, value, and time to market


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.
—Sam Mahalingam, CTO, Altair Engineering
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Naveego Saves 60% on Compute and Network Charges on Oracle

Use case: Custom/ISV App on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

  • Increased R&D productivity via new environments
  • Completed full migration to Oracle Cloud in 30 days


Oracle Cloud Infrastructure has proven to be 60 percent more cost-effective on compute and they were able to take out the overhead cost of data transfer and Kubernetes-based container services. With these cost savings, we’ve been able to increase R&D productivity by opening up more environments while staying within budget.
—Katie Horvath, chief executive officer, Naveego
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Phenix reduced costs for processor-based workloads by 40 percent

Use case: Custom App on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

  • Oracle Cloud allows Phenix to deliver streams with latency below half a second
  • Lowering expense of delivering streaming data to end users by 70 percent


The Oracle Cloud Infrastructure platform meets our challenging requirements of performance and scale, has increased the efficiency of workloads up to 40 percent and decreased networking costs by 70 percent. This allows us to pass significant savings on to our customers.”
—Dr. Stefan Birrer, Chief Software Architect and co-founder, Phenix
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Veritas saves $2.5 million annually

Use case: Core applications on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

  • Needed more scalability and better performance for core applications
  • Moved 192 TB of data in a single weekend with no downtime


Veritas handles growing complexity of customers' data. Oracle Cloud enables better performance and scalability with significant cost savings.