THERE are circumstances, such as the processing of large volumes of images, video, audio, and Internet of Things (IoT) sensor data that are generated in environments where WAN connection is latent or unavailable where immense network computing power is needed. The ability to haul a data center to a location and fully utilize it, where there while disconnected from the Cloud or the network will be extremely useful
Oracle has an answer to this massive need for computing power through its Cloud-integrated service that puts fundamental Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) functionality where data is generated and consumed regardless of network connectivity especially to remote locations. Oracle’s hybrid Cloud portfolio essentially delivers a Cloud region wherever and however a customer needs it.
The key component is the Roving Edge Device or RED.
“Part of our hybrid strategy is a product we call the Roving Edge Device, the Oracle Cloud Robing edge device. It is designed to accelerate Cloud workout workloads outside of the context of a public cloud,” Ross Brown, Vice President, Product Marketing, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.
The REDs arrive preconfigured and ready for use. Just power the devices up, configure the network settings, and connect to your local network. With Roving Edge Infrastructure, you can also synchronize object storage data between your REDs and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure tenancy.
“This is a ruggedized device, it’s fairly robust. It’s meant to be portable and droppable. You know, you’re not going to damage it the way we built it. It’s designed to deploy as a single device. And I’ll describe what’s in the device in a moment, a single device, or it can be connected in a cluster of 5 to 15 nodes. So you can do some pretty powerful computing. The notion behind it, though, is that it allows you to use Cloud compute and storage in a disconnected way,” Brown adds.
The system is a fully mobile, connection-independent extension of customers’ own OCI tenancy with a similar interface and workflow to provide a consistent, unified experience. An Oracle RED device is equipped with high- performance hardware including 40 OCPUs, 512 MB RAM, and 61 TB of storage and can be clustered into groups of 5 to 15 nodes in a single cluster, starting at $160 per node per day.
The entirety of the Oracle Roving Edge Infrastructure enables customers to operate Cloud applications and workloads in the field, including machine learning inference, real-time data integration, and replication, augmented analytics, and query-intensive data warehouses. In addition, it delivers Cloud computing and storage services at the edge of networks for government and enterprise organizations, enabling low-latency processing closer to the point of data generation and ingestion, which provides timely insights into data.
In addition to its public Cloud offerings, which include 29 Oracle Cloud regions, Oracle Government Cloud, and six global Oracle-Microsoft Azure Interconnect regions, It offers the most complete support for hybrid Cloud strategies. These include Oracle Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer, Oracle ExadataCloud@Customer, Oracle VMware Cloud Solution, and now the Oracle Roving Edge Infrastructure.
Together, these solutions provide customers with the flexibility of location and a high degree of customer control so customers can run an identical set of Oracle Cloud services in their data centers, run core Cloud services entirely disconnected from the Internet, and minimize dependencies on the public Cloud.
Other common uses for RED include; computing and IO intensive applications, where low latency is paramount, such as tactical reconnaissance or 5G communications, Machine Learning, where models trained in the cloud are running in disconnected locations to improve efficiency, intelligence, and productivity, remote computing requiring elevated security and airtight containment of data. low-latency Oracle Database and Analytics workloads, with more Oracle applications optimized over time and data collection and migration of large sets of object and DBMS data into Oracle Cloud, at faster speeds and lower cost than a WAN transfer.
Oracle’s unique approach to VMWare allows customers to maintain a high level of control while increasing their scalability and lowering costs. The Oracle Cloud VMware Solution provides a dedicated, Cloud-native VMware-based environment that enables enterprises to quickly and easily move their production workloads to OCI using familiar VMware tools.
The solution provides customers with the identical experience in the Cloud as in on-premise data centers, and seamlessly integrates with Oracle’s second-generation Cloud infrastructure. With the Oracle Cloud VMware Solution, customers have complete access and control of their VMware environment, including root access, so they fully control the cluster, manage it, and even choose when, or whether, to upgrade elements of the stack. It provides the performance, control, and familiarity of an on-premises VMware cluster, while automating the provisioning and scaling of the infrastructure.
“Customers want choice when it comes to running workloads in the Cloud. Each customer has different requirements based on data sovereignty, scale, or wanting the full experience of a public cloud on-premises with all of Oracle’s cloud services,” Clay Magouyrk, executive vice president, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure concludes.