The Problem with Oracle OCI’s Machine Sizing

Executive Summary

  • Oracle has an issue with setting up the machine sizes at OCI.
  • In this article, we will describe the issue.


We recently had a user of OCI reach out to us to state that we should write an article about OCI, as Oracle has a problem with OCI machine sizes.

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Observe the following quotation.

Oracle is so far behind AWS you have to open a service request with engineering to provision two nodes. Think about this for a minute. With AWS this is all point and click automated.

What does this tell you about Oracle’s Cloud?

I was on a call with Oracle yesterday. Our engineering team is trying to explore OCI, again, and it’s a huge waste of time. So I got on the call and listened to the Oracle partner manager, Oracle Engineering, and our team. And the engineering team has to physically dimension a machine size.

As opposed to AWS who has all this figured out. This entire process has been going on for a little over a month. We want to replicate to Oracle Cloud. And let me tell you something…..Oracle’s answer is, “give us the file and we’ll do it for you.”

The Distinction Between Oracle Cloud and AWS or GCP

We have said that Oracle Cloud is a fake cloud and is fake in many dimensions. One is that they do not offer multitenancy. But a second significant distinction between Oracle Cloud and AWS or GCP is that Oracle Cloud is highly manual. It is just people setting up systems for customers to use — and it is only hosting.

In GCP, like AWS, any instance can be brought up without any involvement or contacting Google. This is because the GCP and AWS software have been designed around self-service. This allows GCP and AWS to offer services at low prices because their clouds serve as real platforms. There is manual work being done, but it is in setting up the infrastructure. This is like using a SaaS application. You log in and begin working — you don’t need to call the SaaS vendor to ask them to set up a vendor for you in the system. This is one reason why Oracle’s statements about costing less than AWS don’t make any sense. Oracle lacks the capabilities in Oracle Cloud to deliver what AWS delivers. 

One can move data between AWS and GCP without even contacting either of the companies. 

AWS and GCP are open ecosystems where customers can spin up anything they like, not merely Oracle products as with the Oracle Cloud. 

Oracle Cloud is a stripped-down affair. We can tell that few people are doing any work in Oracle Cloud because it is difficult to get work done in Oracle Cloud. Oracle’s inability to develop a usable cloud calls into question Oracle’s ability to do any development outside of their database, as they have also added very little to their acquired applications. 


Interactions with Oracle make it clear that Oracle offers to host and has still not created a cloud services platform like AWS and GCP. The only thing that Oracle is good at doing when it comes to cloud is making false claims about Oracle Cloud. There is no technological progress that we can see coming from Oracle.

The clear choice is to steer clear of Oracle Cloud.