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Oracle Singles Out AWS in Announcing Cloud Archive Storage

Oracle Corp. didn't disguise what competitor it was targeting with one of many new services added to its cloud platform yesterday.

"Our new Archive Storage service goes head-to-head with Amazon Glacier and it's one-tenth their price," executive chairman Larry Ellison said. The feisty Oracle boss was on hand at a live event to introduce a bevy of new additions to the Oracle Cloud Platform Platform as a Service (PaaS).

With Amazon Glacier from Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) touting the ability to "reliably store large or small amounts of data for as little as $0.01 per gigabyte per month," Oracle is indeed undercutting that with a one-tenth-the-price offering of $0.001 for 1 GB per month for long-term data retention of large-scale and infrequently accessed data.

The Oracle move indicates the software giant is encroaching upon the "big three" cloud services providers: AWS, Microsoft Azure and the Google Cloud Platform. "Isn't it interesting?" Ellison said during the live event. "Our primary competitor used to be IBM [and SAP]. It is now Amazon. ... They're not a bookstore only anymore."

"As a 'deep cloud' archive, the Archive Storage Cloud is suited for infrequently accessed large-scale data sets, such as corporate financial records, medical and pharmaceutical archives, cultural preservation content, insurance records and digital film masters," Oracle said in a statement. "The service, backed by enterprise-grade SLAs, enables organizations to access archived documents and data sets using industry-standard APIs, and integration with Oracle and third-party backup, archival and preservation software. It also provides an additional tier for on-premises Oracle storage systems, including ZS Series, FS Series and Oracle StorageTek tape solutions."

The barrage of new services announced also includes Oracle Database Cloud - Exadata, Oracle Big Data Cloud, Oracle Integration Cloud, Oracle Mobile Cloud and Oracle Process Cloud.

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