Oracle announced on Wednesday that it has changed Oracle’s Flagship Database software so that it is compatible with a new category of computing processors, beginning with those produced by Ampere Computing, a startup company that was created by former executives at Intel.
The database software offered by Oracle is frequently employed by large organizations and financial institutions for the purpose of transaction monitoring. For the better part of the last few decades, the software has been developed specifically for use on processors manufactured by Intel.
On Wednesday, Oracle‘s flagship database also run on chips that were manufactured based on a technological architecture developed by Arm Ltd.
This is the same fundamental technology that is present in mobile phones. The first chips that Oracle’s database will utilize come from a company called Ampere, which was formed by Intel’s former president.
Ampere has confidentially filed for an initial public offering, and Oracle is also a shareholder in this firm. Oracle’s database will employ these chips.
“Making the switch to a new provider requires a significant time and financial investment. “We’ve moved to a new architecture and we’ve moved to new supplier,” Larry Ellison, the founder of Oracle, stated during an event that was held by Ampere. “We believe that this is where things are going to be in the future. After many decades on the market, the traditional Intel X86 architecture is approaching its capacity limit.
Oracle is utilizing Ampere’s chips in its own data centers for its cloud computing service, which is attempting to catch up to industry leaders like Amazon Web Services, Oracle is using Ampere’s chips in its own data centers for its cloud computing service. Ellison stated that Ampere’s chips are significantly better in terms of power efficiency in comparison to those offered by the company’s other two key chip suppliers, Advanced Micro Devices and Nvidia.
Ellison stated that for regulatory reasons, some Oracle data centers are unable to receive any more electricity. As a result, the only way the business can continue expanding its cloud service is by performing more computation for each watt of power it can access. This is the reason why it has resorted to Ampere’s chips.
“There is additional space available to us. Simply put, we do not have the capacity for any further electrical production. “By upgrading to Ampere, we are able to take that room and double the compute while staying within the same power envelope,” Ellison added.