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Oracle Cloud or Amazon Web Services – Which Is Better?

The comparison between Oracle Cloud and Amazon Web Services have been the talk of the town since the Oracle OpenWorld 2016 conference held in September 2016. That is when Larry Ellison who is the Oracle Executive Chairman and Chief Technology Officer spoke about competitor Amazon Web Services (AWS). You can access the complete press release from here. The most important point was a reference made to a benchmark test that claimed:

“Oracle Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) performed up to 105X faster for Analytics workloads, 35X faster for online transaction processing (OLTP), and 1000+X faster for mixed workloads compared to Amazon DBaaS”

While this was the highlight of the presentation, there were several other aspects that Ellison touched upon the performance of Amazon cloud services on mixed workload, on-premise enterprise editions, etc.

Thoughts

Amazon and Oracle have been competitors for a long time. And, the credibility of the accusations made by Ellison cannot be doubted. But, at the same time, Oracle being a competitor can claim a lot of things which will leave the Amazon’s loyalist unmoved. So, let’s compare the two not in terms of what has been claimed but in terms of how a potential customer would like to use it and benefit from it.

Analysis

A business’s needs vary and therefore not one solution will fit all. So, let’s look at a few aspects that would play a vital role in selecting the cloud service provider:

  • Performance: No one likes to be associated with a slow server that takes forever to load and analyze. In this aspect, Oracle takes the lead by delivering faster analytics and online transaction processing (OLTP). This includes comparison with Amazon Redshift and Amazon Aurora. If performance is the only parameter, then opting for Oracle makes sense. But, seldom do businesses rely on one thing only, read on to know about other crucial parameters.

  • Interoperability: Some business like to experiment and take a trial before going in full gear toward something. Others might like to move ahead without delays and this is where a cloud service provider that allows flexibility will survive. Amazon takes a lead here by literally being a web of services. You pay for what you avail and you have a lot of options to choose from. You can seamlessly connect each service with another and make the most out of each.

  • Pricing: Some businesses consider pricing to be very crucial while others consider it to be the last deciding factor. Oracle cloud services begin at a subscription of $175 per month with a host of services. Amazon cloud services on the other hand has a customized plan with divisions like on-demand pricing, spot pricing, reserved pricing, and dedicated pricing. This is where the competition is tough. Amazon allows you to grow and add things comfortably whereas Oracle simplifies the process by packaging a lot of features together.

  • Brand: Many companies look at the brand reputation as well before investing in a solution because bigger brands have more innovative approach and tend to adopt new technologies faster. Some brands are even pioneers in what they do which in return benefits the clients. Amazon and Oracle are both brands of repute consistently working to improve their offerings. So, it’s a tie here.

Synthesis

The factors that we considered give an edge to Oracle on some points and Amazon on others. Therefore, the one that will suit you depends on how much weight-age you give to each. Both have been reliable cloud service providers with proven track record and dedication to improve with time. Share your opinions and experiences to help others make the choice.

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