Oracle on Tuesday launched a cloud computing service powered by Ampere Computing data center chips based on Arm technology, the second largest cloud company to offer an Arm-based service after Amazon’s Amazon Services.
Cloud providers are one of the biggest buyers of chips, as they attribute the computing power they generate to thousands of other companies. Until recently, however, almost all purchased cloud cloud services came from Intel and Advanced micro devices because most business software is written to run on these processors.
This started to change in 2018 when Amazon, the largest cloud provider, announced a service using its own chip made with intellectual property from The hand, the British company whose technology is already at the heart of most smartphone chips and is constantly making its way to laptops and data centers to challenge Intel and AMD.
Oracle on Tuesday joined the chip fight from Ampere Computing, the company founded by former Intel president Renee James, who is also a board member of Oracle. Oracle said it would rent the chips at 1 percent per core per hour, less than half of what it said were comparable levels to its competitors.
“We are at a turning point in the industry,” said Clay Maguirek, executive vice president of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, in an interview with Reuters. “Now that there is a very competitive Arm product, I look at my work as offering customers value and choice. “
Oracle has also announced a number of initiatives to help expand the amount of business software that runs on Arm chips, a move that can help its competitors. Microsoft and the alphabet Google does not yet offer Arm-based cloud services to the public, but Magouyrk said it expects to do so – and that all cloud customers will eventually benefit from the competition.
“We will be ahead of them in this regard, but I also think they will offer weapons and be very competitive. I believe this is a multi-year process in which Arm is becoming ubiquitous on the server,” Magouyrk said.
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