Once EBS customers decide to migrate their on-premise infrastructure onto Cloud IaaS, the conversation inevitably leads to one question: Should we go with Oracle’s OCI solution, or Amazon’s AWS solution? The following article discusses OCI vs. AWS and provides 4 key reasons as to why OCI offers significantly greater performance improvements than AWS.
1. OCI has a 2-5x performance advantage over AWS in end-to-end workload performance
In the discussion of OCI vs AWS, Oracle maintains an arsenal of unique compute components that enable it to offer superior performance delivery within your deployment of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.
How is this possible?
For starters, Oracle is home to the industry’s first high-performance bare-metal instances.
Storagereview, a world leading independent storage authority, discovered that Oracle bare metal with attached block volumes offer a 2-5x better performance than AWS EC2 i3.metal, manifesting itself in terms of record-low latency and excellent consistency in performance (1).
The results of the studies were so compelling it was enough to declare Oracle the 2018 Editor’s Choice award among all market leading cloud service providers.
“The performance, simply put, blew us away. For each test we ran two sets of charts, as the latency discrepancy between the DenseIO and Standard was so great the charts would be difficult to read if all were on one set. In terms of how good storage performance on these instances is compared to traditional storage, they rival many of the best shared storage options on the market, let alone cloud alternatives.”
“What makes the Oracle Cloud bare metal instances really incredible, though, is the locally attached NVMe storage. The DenseIO2.8 had 1 device, while the DenseIO2.52 had 8, giving these instances performance measured in the millions of IOPS.”
This technical prowess is normally only found in an on-premise environment. However, when we consider the mission critical improvements in innovation and productivity that organizations receive on the business end [afforded by the agility and flexibility of the Cloud], it becomes evident why OCI is a popular selection among EBS customers who wish to not only advance their technical performance, but also ensure that these operation enhancements deliver legitimate business value across the entire enterprise.
EBS or not, if you have high performance intensive workloads such as HPC workloads, mission-critical database applications and I/O intensive web applications, OCI is a promising solution. These bare metal servers essentially allow you to receive uncompromising performance for your high storage and bandwidth requirements, and even as competitors race to include bare metal servers within their own offerings, Oracle will likely be the model for these future archetypes. Nonetheless, if performance alone isn’t enough to compel you forward in your decision to select Oracle as your Cloud IaaS provider…
2. For EBS customers, Total Cost of Ownership of OCI is 38% less than on premise and 44% less than AWS
The leading engineers who designed Oracle Cloud Infrastructure were architecting it for workloads like E-Business Suite. The streamlined deployment of EBS onto OCI enables vast cost reductions that other clouds could never match for the native-oracle user.
A portion of these cost reductions lie in the industry-wide advantage of switching to Cloud, that is, the pay-as-you-go purchase model that lets companies reduce their capital expenditures to take advantage of cloud flexibility as an operating / variable expense.
However, it’s the advanced services in place and robust configurations tailored towards Oracle workloads like EBS that warrant this sharp decrease in cost. The advanced compute performance alongside the tooling and automation features that support a seamless migration plus adaptable management of the cloud means less time and money is being spent on maintenance, expertise, migration accommodation and day-to-day operations.
Additionally, their various migration options also allow you to avoid re-architecture and re-integration, meaning less disruption to business processes than any other provider. Less disruption means less troubleshooting and less troubleshooting means less overhead allocated to address incidents.
In sum, EBS customers can only achieve this level of cost reductions with such high performance results through Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Other providers simply don’t have the level of adaptability that Oracle has with handling EBS.
Another cause for the low cost is the granular control businesses have over their workloads that lets them proactively monitor their migration. EBS-to-OCI tools and features like the E-Business Suite Marketplace trial, E-Business Suite Cloud manager, Enterprise Manager and Oracle Management Cloud give EBS customers high levels of governance and control throughout the migration without having to withhold their licenses or make significant adjustments to their environment. This transparency and control over the process is simply more defense against unpredictable costs.
For example, Oracle E-Business Suite can be integrated with Oracle Access Manager for single sign-on integration, allowing you to fully control your Cloud Use procedures such as policies in place and end user access (what type of access they have and to which specific resources).
This software has been integral to the success of former EBS enterprises in their migration to OCI since it allows them to manage complex structures with rules enforcing groups of users with simple to define policies.
This governance and control are key to why cost of ownership is so low for EBS customers.
The reliable performance garnered through Oracle’s advanced compute resources and the reduced hassle of managing the EBS migration means less incremental maintenance for you and more room for Oracle to offer their competitive services at a lower cost for their EBS customers.
However, if you’re still concerned about the cost and performance guarantees of your EBS on OCI vs AWS…
3. Oracle is the only Cloud Service Provider that offers Performance-Based SLA’s.
In 2018, Oracle announced that it would begin offering what they referred to as the industry’s strongest and most comprehensive cloud guarantee. For the first time ever, they would be offering performance-based SLA’s (2)
As of right now, market leaders such as Amazon and Azure offer SLAs that only cover resource availability. What this means is, upon launch, you will be allocated a predetermined level of resources to power your infrastructure requirements across the duration of your agreed upon time frame.
Oracle, on the other hand, now offers SLA’s that cover two other important elements: Network Performance and Compute Manageability.
The new SLA agreements guarantee that OCI will provide over 90% of published performance each day within a given month. If performance drops below that for as little as 45 minutes a month, customers may request free service credits as recompense. The manageability element restores control within the client because it allows customers to autoscale and list resources according to their own provisioning preferences.
The point here is mutual accountability unseen before in the industry. To be the first to offer this level of client-catering shows a clear determination by Oracle to address the worries that businesses have in switching from on-premise to Cloud through their fair and accommodative business style.
In the discussion of OCI vs. AWS, Oracle has many procedures in place to assist EBS customers in migrating their on-premise workloads to OCI. If performance was a concern before, when you take into consideration the extensive efforts they are making to meet customer’s reliability and control demands (such as their new SLA model), deploying through OCI is an easy selection against AWS and other competitive solution providers, especially for EBS customers who they are already privy to.
The last, and for some, the most compelling justification for choosing OCI over AWS is…
4. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure offers significant security posturing due to their isolated compute and Off Box Virtualization
Oracle offers an advanced security architecture to guarantee strong security posture for EBS customers moving onto OCI.
Most cloud providers offer network and input/output virtualization within the hypervisor. Oracle on the other hand practices Off Box virtualization, providing maximum isolation and protection.
Because of the Off Box Virtualization strategy, there is no provider (Oracle) code on the bare metal or virtual machines. Likewise, users are not given access to Oracle. This no trust architecture powered by their bare metal and VM compute means isolated network virtualization that supports limited room for attack through the maximization of dedication, control and visibility.
Oracle took a security-first approach when building their 2nd generation cloud. When you observe the security provisions in OCI vs. AWS, you see several security procedures offered by Oracle Cloud Infrastructure that are not offered in Amazon Web Services, such as Configuration Assessments, User Risk Assessments, Activity Audit Reporting, Sensitive Data Reporting and Data Masking.
If security is a top concern for your EBS migration, rest assured, Oracle gives very little opportunity to external invasion, and offers top of the line security reinforcement by deploying data assets in complete isolation away from other customers and Oracle Staff.
Additionally, the Virtual Cloud Network (VCN) provides isolation for your workloads from any other workloads on OCI, including your other workloads on a different VCN. This acts as a preventative measure against lateral attacks between data in different workloads, without negatively impacting the integration levels of those workloads.
If the nature of your business is data sensitive, or you are prone to worry regarding your security level when migrating to the cloud, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure offers more than you need to deliver a secure migration and deployment into the cloud.
Point of Consideration Before Migrating to OCI…
Settling on a provider for your Cloud IaaS is a huge accomplishment and a considerable portion of the work that comes with pursuing Cloud IaaS. The next step is beginning your migration. Unfortunately, businesses often severally underestimate the workload of migrating due to a general lack of education and technical skill required to manage the Cloud. According to Gartner, this leads to significant overspending and can lead to severe disruption of a business that is very hard to rectify once the migration has already begun,
Fortunately, many businesses suspect that they may not be fully qualified to handle an adoption unilaterally. For this reason, they often outsource to a systems integrator / managed service provider to assist them across the journey of their migration.
If this is the approach you wish to take, it is within good reason. Gartner strongly urges businesses to take this route because SIs and MSPs can provide a safe migration to the Cloud and help you avoid the unforeseen costs that many businesses suffer along their migration. Take this advice, otherwise you risk losing all the rewards of the Cloud and experiencing significant losses that could severally jeopardize your business.