What is Oracle Cloud On-Premises

Oracle brings cloud services to the edge with new servers

Oracle has expanded its hybrid cloud portfolio. Clay Magouyrk, Executive Vice President of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), presented the Roving Edge Infrastructure at a virtual event on February 9th. These are servers that are supposed to bring the services of the core infrastructure to the edge or to environments that are completely decoupled from the Internet.

Together with Oracle's other hybrid cloud offerings, the dependency on public clouds would be reduced. Corporate customers could get all the services that Oracle's public cloud would offer from their own data center.

Clay Magouyrk, Executive Vice President of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, hosted the event. (Source: Screenshot of the Oracle event)

Servers available individually or in clusters

The roving edge servers are available individually or in clusters of 5 to 15 pieces. According to Magouyrk, they are robust and portable and allow users to use cloud applications and workloads. This also includes functions such as machine learning, real-time data integration and replication, and more.

A server has 40 OCPUs, 512 gigabytes of RAM and 61 terabytes of storage capacity. By the way, an "OCPU" is a physical core of an Oracle SPARC processor. Prices for the devices start at $ 160 per server per day.

Objectives and possibilities of the offer

With the roving edge offering, Oracle wants to offer its customers more flexibility, mobility and control. Regis Louis, Vice President of Technology Product Strategy EMEA and Asia-Pacific at Oracle, said this on request. The limitations of the hybrid cloud would have forced companies to make unnecessary compromises.

"Oracle Roving Edge Infrastructure extends the basic OCI functionality to a stable infrastructure," says Louis. "This infrastructure enables applications to work even in locations without a network connection." The servers are also equipped with a local computing platform. It is suitable "for use cases in which the data volume and the network latency make the transfer of data to the public cloud, the processing on site and the local processing of the results too slow or impossible".

Regis Louis, Vice President of Technology Product Strategy EMEA and Asia Pacific at Oracle. (Source: zVg)

Customers can create applications with existing tools and components and then make them available on a server or "roving edge device" (RED). Machine learning models can also be used and improved on a RED. This is done by synchronizing the data recorded on the RED back to the OCI Object Storage after local use, as Louis notes.

Areas of application for roving edge devices

"Roving Edge Infrastructure can accelerate data collection, analysis, and strategic decision-making in even the most remote environments," said Louis. The following sectors in particular would benefit from the new infrastructure offering:

  • The public sector, including government, civil protection and defense, which increasingly rely on data processing and analysis in the field, including spatial data and data streams from cameras, sensors and Internet of Things devices

  • Oil and gas companies that have a high need for image and 3-D data acquisition, analysis and machine learning in remote locations without connectivity

  • Telecommunications providers who require low-latency computing in the vicinity of base stations

  • Healthcare providers who use on-site storage and processing for digital imaging and diagnostics before data goes to the cloud

  • Hospitality, agriculture, transport and logistics with similar needs

According to Louis, the new service will soon be available in Switzerland.