Oracle is collaborating with Nvidia to enhance the AI capabilities of Oracle Cloud by adding tens of thousands of additional Nvidia GPUs and adding support for Nvidia AI Enterprise, a software suite designed to facilitate and accelerate the deployment of enterprise AI workloads.
In the Oracle CloudWorld At a conference in Las Vegas Tuesday, the company said it is working with Nvidia to advance AI services in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) because a growing number of customers, including specialized AI firms and software companies, need more computing power to build more machine learning. Accuracy. models, said Liu Leong, vice president of OCI and Oracle Technology.
Oracle Cloud previously offered clusters of up to 512 graphics processing units (GPUs). Soon, customers can migrate to Oracle Cloud to access thousands of GPUs to train their machine learning models.
“We have customers who want thousands of nodes,” Leung said in an interview with Data Center Knowledge. “More and more horsepower is required to build more accurate models.”
On Tuesday, Oracle also announced new services to simplify management, security, and development in the cloud, including a serverless managed Kubernetes service for customers who want to build container applications without having to manage their Kubernetes infrastructure, Leung said.
The company also announced a new service called “Oracle Alloy,” in which Oracle will create cloud instances for system integrators, carriers, and managed service providers, so they can resell cloud services to their customers.
Simplicity is simplicity, Leung told DCK. “It’s all about making cloud adoption easier and simpler across our customer group.”
Analysts say CloudWorld’s wide range of ads helps Oracle boost its suite of services as it rivals the likes of Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud in the cloud space.
“Oracle has been making significant investments in its cloud business as it repositions itself from the best place to run Oracle workloads into a full-service public cloud service provider,” said Dave McCarthy, IDC’s vice president of cloud services and advanced infrastructure at IDC.
Alexander Harwell, Principal Analyst at Omdia for Advanced Computing for AI, said Oracle’s AI announcements with Nvidia are big but not revolutionary. AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud too invest heavily in AI services and has partnerships with Nvidia as well.
“Oracle, as a competitor to the Big Three, is understandably keen to match the range of products it offers,” Harwell said. “It makes sense to target the fastest-growing, highest-margin products first. These products are the leading server GPUs for AI and software tools to help take advantage of them.”
Oracle Artificial Intelligence Strategy
Oracle and Nvidia executives said Tuesday that they are expanding their existing partnership to help companies meet their needs for accelerated computing and artificial intelligence.
Oracle is increasing GPU capacity in OCI with the upcoming Nvidia A100 and upcoming H100 GPUs. Leung said that Oracle is currently working on adding GPU capacity, so the additional capacity will begin to be available in the next few months.
On the AI software front, the company will make an upcoming version of Nvidia AI Enterprise available on OCI. The program is a comprehensive set of AI tools and frameworks for developing and deploying AI applications.
In addition, Oracle is collaborating with Nvidia to provide industry-specific tools.
The two companies are currently collaborating on a new Oracle Cerner Accelerated AI program for healthcare. Oracle will soon provide Nvidia Clara, a healthcare AI and HPC application framework for medical imaging, genomics, natural language processing, and drug discovery.
“Artificial intelligence is an area that every organization looks at…. Some of them are in the very early stages of the AI journey,” Pat Lee, head of strategic partnerships for enterprises at Nvidia, said at a press briefing Monday. “So coming to Nvidia for an end-to-end software solution And comprehensive that helps them with all the major steps of an AI workflow, from data preparation to training, to simulation, deployment, and scale, will really help achieve greater success. “
Overall, Oracle’s deeper relationship with Nvidia demonstrates Oracle’s commitment to providing its customers with the latest GPU technology, according to IDC’s McCarthy.
“More organizations are looking to the cloud for high-performance workloads and the ability to optimize the performance of AI/ML workloads is critical,” he said.
Managed Kubernetes in the Cloud
With the new Kubernetes Managed Serverless Service, Oracle will essentially run and manage the core open source Kubernetes environment for enterprises, so you don’t have to. All they have to do is build their own containerized apps.
Leung said Oracle Cloud’s new offering is aimed at small businesses that don’t have a large IT operations team to manage their infrastructure and prefer to focus on software development.
They want containers. They want Kubernetes, but they don’t have the experience, so they prefer a cloud provider to manage their infrastructure,” Leung said. “We provide the infrastructure, keep it up to date, fix it, and update operating systems. We’ll do everything under the hood. The customer just has to worry about creating their own code.”
Oracle will offer two serverless account options: New “default nodes” Capability in its existing Oracle Container Engine for Kubernetes, and a Container Instances A service for customers who want to run containers in the cloud without requiring coordination from Kubernetes, the company said.
Forrester Research analyst Naveen Chhabra said it’s important for Oracle to offer managed Kubernetes to its customers in order to better compete with AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud because they already offer managed Kubernetes.
Result: there big order For Kubernetes managed services in the cloud, he said.
“The vast majority of on-premises application development and even redesign of existing applications is moving towards the Kubernetes microservices platform,” Chhabra said.
New Oracle Cloud Management Features
Oracle’s Leung said the company is also announcing a new service called “Unlimited VM Burst Mode,” which allows customers to constantly rush, meaning using additional computing or storage resources when needed. Leung said the offering, which will be available next year, offers simpler and more accurate pricing than the competition.
According to the company, if customers use only a small portion of the CPU, they will only charge that portion of the CPU. But with an unlimited explosion, they will also have the ability to continuously explode, then shrink back when demand drops. While other cloud providers have complex rush pricing, Oracle’s pricing is simple, he said.
“You literally pay for what you use. Nobody offers that,” he said.
IDC’s McCarthy said it’s a good new feature from Oracle. “OCI has always been unique with its flexible algorithms that allow customers to allocate resources within an instance,” he said. “Unlimited Explosive Computing Instances expands on this and provides cost savings.”
As Oracle announced on Tuesday:
- New OCI security features, including OCI Network Firewall, a next-generation cloud-native managed firewall service built with Palo Alto Networks technology.
- Plans for new public cloud areas in Chicago, Serbia and Mexico.