Oracle’s cloud-based database service MySQL HeatWave is now available to host on Amazon Web Services (AWS), the company has confirmed.
Launched in December 2020, HeatWave is designed to enable customers to perform analytics on data stored in MySQL databases, without the need for ETL (Extract, Transform, Load).
While Oracle’s database service will be hosted on AWS, it will not be provided in partnership with Amazon and will compete directly with the latter’s proprietary database services, such as Amazon Aurora, Amazon RDS, or Amazon Redshift.
What does this mean?
Oracle claims the move will mean users can run transaction processing, analytics and machine learning workloads in a single service, without requiring “time-consuming ETL duplication” between separate databases
Oracle used the example of using Amazon Aurora for transaction processing, Redshift or Snowflake on AWS for analytics, and SageMaker for machine learning.
The new product apparently delivers 7x better price performance than Amazon Redshift, 10x better than Snowflake, 12x better than Google BigQuery and 4x better than Azure Synapse on the 4TB TPC-H* benchmark, if Oracle’s claims are to be believed.
The new product also brings new security features to the table, which apparently include server-side data masking and de-identification, asymmetric data encryption, and a database firewall.
In addition, Oracle also announces that the service will soon also be available in Microsoft Azure, as well as Oracle’s own Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI).
Oracle may participate in activities that could threaten AWS’s cloud dominance.
Microsoft is reportedly gathering other major players in the space, such as Google Cloud and Oracle, in preparation to lobby the US government to ensure that large-scale cloud computing contracts are distributed among different vendors, which is known as a multicloud approach.
“Many of our MySQL HeatWave customers have migrated from AWS. Others want to keep parts of their application running on AWS,” said Edward Screven, Oracle’s Chief Corporate Architect. “Those customers face serious challenges, including exorbitant egress charges charged by AWS and increased latency when accessing a database service running in Oracle’s cloud.”
He added, “We are addressing these issues while delivering outstanding performance and pricing performance for transactions, analytics and machine learning compared to other database cloud providers.”
The news comes as Oracle delivered strong operating results in the quarter ended August 2022, Oracle’s revenue grew 18% year-over-year to $11.4 billion, while net income grew 14% to $1.5 billion. according to his last report (opens in new tab).