Can Oracle challenge cloud computing leaders like Amazon and Microsoft?

Oracle cloud computing

First thing first, let’s start from the scratch to understand which solution will be the most appropriate for your business.

Oracle and Amazon the confrontation never ends

Oracle announced the cloud infrastructure of the “second generation”. It is intended for third-party developers who want to use Oracle data centres in their applications.

Infrastructure parameters are as follows: 28.8 TB, 512 GB and 36 cores on one virtual machine. It all costs $ 5.40 per hour. Representatives of Oracle claim that these figures are 10 times higher than the capacity of Amazon Web Services (AWS), the company’s main competitor in this segment.

In addition, Oracle has launched another service – Cloud @ Customer. The main idea of ​​the service is that the necessary equipment for cloud computing is installed on the client’s side in order to guarantee confidentiality and data security. Service Cloud @ Customer, again according to its developers, is a more powerful and cheaper tool than the products of competitors.

IaaS-solutions Generation2 offer 2 times more processing power, 2 times more RAM, 2 times more storage and 10 times more I / O, and at a price 20% lower than Amazon Web Services. IaaS (Infrastructure-As-A-Service) represents for Oracle a huge opportunity to add cloud infrastructure to our fast-growing businesses in SaaS and PaaS

Recently Amazon launched Kinesis Analytics (“active analytics”) – a new service that allows for real-time analytical processing of streaming data via the SQL engine.

As part of Amazon Web Services (AWS) before there were already two services implemented on the platform Kinesis, (Firehose for downloading such data and Streams for creating applications that handle such information), but to load this data earlier customers had to manage the S3, Redshift and Elasticsearch services themselves. Now it’s possible to use standard SQL tools to do this.

Oracle and Microsoft who is who

If you want to implement a Web application and your company uses only Windows, the perfect choice will be SQL Server and Visual Studio tools. Oracle’s database and WebDB toolkit are better suited for mixed platforms.

WebDB is a tool for developing content and managing it, which can be used by information creators for the Web, database administrators and developers with no programming experience. WebDB is a browser-based tool.

This is a good solution for organizations that already use the Oracle database. In addition, Oracle scales better than SQL Server, but you need a competent database administrator.

A set of SQL Server – Visual Studio is more complicated to use and requires the involvement of an experienced programmer who creates object-oriented software.

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If it does not exist, you will have to prepare such specialists. But SQL Server is cheaper than Oracle.

The main problem with Visual Studio and SQL Server is that you will be tied to Microsoft platforms and Intel-based computers. When you need to support hundreds of thousands of users, you will have nothing else to do but to purchase hundreds of servers, a nightmare.

If you prefer Microsoft, apparently, you will not need anything more complicated than Visual InterDev. If you know that you will have to develop ActiveX components in a Visual Basic or Visual C ++ environment, then perhaps it makes sense to think more carefully about Oracle’s solution.


Definitely Oracle is becoming quite powerful unified cloud solution, which offers a new approach to modernization, innovation and competition in the digital world comparing to the competitors. Let’s wait and watch, who will win this battle for the place in our businesses. If you are confused in making the right choice, we are ready to help you to choose the optimal solution for your business requirements.