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For Sale – Gigabyte RTX 2070 Super (Withdrawn)

Hmm was it you I bought the pci expansion thingy from then? I definitely remember trading with you Might have been using my dad’s account before I realised I was going to need my own. But Wednesfield works too I’m heading over there either this afternoon or tomorrow, in fact. Given your much higher feedback, the ability for you to test it on the spot (I assume?), and the huge convenience of not having to post, I’ve messaged kielson to apologise for letting him down (hadn’t promised anything but feel crummy to mess him around) and will be happy to proceed. Just seems insane to post and risk there being a problem if you’re 10 mins away and can test before payment. Sound okay?
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For Sale – MacBook Pro 13 (2020 4 thunderbolt model – i5 10th gen 2.0 – 3.8GHz /16GB RAM/512GB SSD)

This week I bought a laptop from @Neal85 which he was selling. The laptop is exactly as described in his original thread (which you can find here), I got great service from him and everything was good.

(Un)fortunately a lot changes in a few days! I’ve got a new client where I need to be in the office a few times a week and they’ve no monitors available as all their stuff has been sent to new homeworkers. So I either take my own monitor in or I’m going to have to get a laptop with a bigger screen.

This is the current £1799 MacBook Pro model, so its the one with the 10th gen Intel, quad core CPU (more efficient, powerful & with better integrated Iris graphics). It also has four thunderbolt 3 (usb-c) ports rather than 2 on the base model which is a great feature as you can plug in anything you want to any port, on either side.

Its also got 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD.

Its in as-new condition, with all accessories, original box, even the cellophane wrapper on the laptop and the bit of tissue paper to protect the screen.

The machine was bought from Amazon UK in July 2020. I have a copy of the receipt from Neal and all you need to do when you get the laptop is validate the purchase online via the Apple serial number checker which will register the warranty (which is global). I didn’t get round to doing this myself.

I’ve re-used Neal’s pics for this, hope you don’t mind @Neal85

I paid £1375 for this, so am looking for £1300 including delivery. I can post by 48 hour insured courier from Monday.

I only have 12/13 feedback but much of that is for items like this laptop due to the job I do and also the fact I’m a bit of a nerd for kit.

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A Quick History of Indie Games on Xbox and a Look Forward with Over 2,000 Games Shipped via [email protected] – Xbox Wire

Summary

  • More than 2,000 games from independent developers have released through the [email protected] program.
  • [email protected] has paid out more than $1.5 billion in royalties to independent developers since the program’s inception.
  • There are over 2,000 titles in development from independent developers on Xbox.

We’re reaching a fascinating point in the world of indie games. We have amazing new creators coming on to the scene now for whom the start of the indie game movement is actually history, not a lived experience. So as we’re getting ready to make the leap to the next generation of consoles with Xbox Series X, it seems like a good time to take a look back at the birth of the modern indie game – especially Microsoft’s role in helping shape that scene and how the [email protected] Program has grown since.

With the launch of Swimsanity from our friends at Decoy Games last week, we’ve seen more than 2,000 games from independent developers launch on Xbox One and PC! Since the start of the [email protected] program, we’ve also paid out more than $1.5 billion in royalties to independent developers. It took independent developers only two years to reach this new milestone for the program, almost half the time it took for 1,000 games to be launched via [email protected]! From MMOs like Black Desertto fast action multiplayer games like Warframe to cozy slime-ranching games like Slime Rancher to amazing puzzlers like Human Fall Flat, or next-level platformers like Celeste –  sometimes it seems like the only thing these games have in common is their diversity, but there’s another hook too. They represent amazing clarity of vision and the fruits of creative freedom that only independent games can deliver.

There have always been indie games – heck, they pre-date non-indie games! The tales of lone creators making games for the Apple ][, the Commodore 64, the Sinclair and many other 8-bit micros are legendary. These games would be “packaged” in ziplock bags with mimeographed instructions (sometimes!) and sold at the local computer shops. As the shift to a digitalized world continued to come into its own, Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) made one of the first major steps to bringing these independent games to a major publishing platform in the waning days of the OG Xbox and ultimately taking off on Xbox 360.

The original founders of XBLA really saw it as an arcade – a place to play vintage arcade games and casual games on a core gamer system. A funny thing happened though. Some of those independent developers who were still making games on PC – folks like Jonathan Blow and the team at The Behemoth – saw those downloadable games and started to get some ideas. And pretty soon, with the encouragement and excitement of the folks at Microsoft at the time, new games, original games, games from independent developers started to appear on XBLA. Digital distribution freed console developers from having to make “disc-sized” games and freed them to explore any game type imaginable. 

These were games that might never pass muster to get a disc release from a traditional publisher. They were smaller (the original maximum file size for XBLA games was 40MB!), they used genres – like 2D platformers – that hadn’t been in the mainstream for years. And yet… they were magical. Without needing to chase a full disc, or a list of bullet points on the back of a box, these pioneering developers were able to simply chase their creative visions and deliver games, like Castle Crashers, Limbo, and Super Meat Boy that we’re still talking about and that still feel fresh today, 10 and 12 years after they came out. 

Flash forward and as we moved into the Xbox One generation, we saw incredible growth in the independent scene, as devs were creating ever more ambitious and innovative projects. And soon the world was seeing them too, with indie games taking center stage at the Xbox Media Briefing – games like Inside and We Happy Few(before Compulsion Games joined Xbox Game Studios) burst onto the scene at E3, and Cuphead, conceived and created by a family with no previous game dev experience, made its debut at E3 back in 2014.  

Today, these games have become so woven into the fabric of videogames that it’s impossible to conceive of our world of play without them. Traditional publishers are still here, of course, making unbelievable epic games, but independent creators stand shoulder to shoulder with them. An Xbox show wouldn’t be an Xbox show without getting to see the latest new independent games, and our bespoke indie events like Game Fest have become destination events for players. And every day, millions of players are exposed to some of the most amazing games ever created thanks to independent developers’ robust support and participation with Xbox Game Pass.

So, what’s next? Well, first, and crucially, thousands of the games players enjoy on Xbox One today are coming with them to Xbox Series X, thanks to our day one backward compatibility features. This means we get to take our games with us to the next generation, where they will play best, and developers get to have a huge audience to reach with their games.

And of course, independent developers will be an essential part of the mix on Xbox Series X with over 2,000 games already in the process of being optimized or developed for our next generation console. Hundreds of developers have their Xbox Series X dev kits, and we send more out every day. Given the creativity we’ve seen so far, we’re sure there are things in development that we can’t even imagine. We’ve had a few glimpses, and we hope to show you some hints soon!

A few words from some of our friends:

“For Cuphead, the [email protected] program was quite literally a game changer. Whether it was the excitement and passion they showed us when the game was in its earliest stages, the support and guidance they offered as we grew the team, their expertise helping us navigate our first-ever launch, or the continued passion they have for Cuphead today, they’ve been there every step the way on our journey. The team at ID is filled with people that truly love video games, and care deeply about bringing memorable experiences to players everywhere. If you’re just starting out on your own development journey, I’d be hard pressed to think of a better group of people to have in your corner.” – Maja Moldenhauer, Studio MDHR

“Night School has been a part of the [email protected]box family since our inception, when we launched Oxenfree in 2016. I think the most freeing, supportive part about working with the ID team has been the total support of our creative vision. When we were making a game about possessed teenagers, the feedback was basically just, “keep doing what you do, and let us know how we can help.” When we made Afterparty, a game about dead friends in Hell out-drinking Satan, the feedback was refreshingly the same. The ID team understands what makes a development team tick creatively, and just wants to amplify and help bring that vision to the broadest audience. It doesn’t hurt that they’re all just nice, cool peeps. Happy 2,000!” – Sean Krankel, Night School Studios

“Working with [email protected] has been an amazing experience. It is really refreshing to know you have a full team of individuals working together with the sole purpose of supporting indies. There have been several occasions during gaming events where members of the [email protected] team would come by and greet us just to check on how the team is doing, and for a start up indie that means everything. We are excited to continue the partnership!” – Khalil Abdullah, Decoy Games

It’s humbling to see so many developers making videogame history on Xbox, and we’re happy at Xbox and [email protected] to have been a small part of the evolution of the industry, and so many developers’ journey to success. We can’t wait to see where they take us next.

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For Sale – Apple MacBook Pro 13 early 2011 Core i5 2.3GHz – 8GB RAM/480GB SSD – High Sierra

Selling this Macbook Pro 13 from early 2011, if fantastic condition (not just for its age), apart from a small scuff on the corner where the optical drive is (see photo 6).

Other than that it is in almost perfect condition, just see the rest of the photos. Very, very clean laptop, which has just been upgraded to 8GB of RAM and a brand new 480GB SSD. It is still very quick and everything works perfectly, not stutters!! It will work perfectly and fast for Internet, Office applications, Email, Photo editing, day to day computing and perfect for School/University!

It’s not a gaming laptop, so don’t expect great performance if you’re trying to run high framerate 3D games.

Battery cycle count is low at 219 and it will still easily give you between 4 and 5 hours, if not more. Standby time (lid closed) is phenomenal 6-7 days.

REASONABLE OFFERS WELCOME!!!

This laptop has been looked after and will still provide many years of use, with that glowing Apple at the back

It will come safely packaged, with its original power supply and a fresh install of MacOS High Sierra.

Just see the photos, buy with confidence and grab a bargain.

Any questions, just ask.

£379

£329 ono inc p&p or can be collected from Northampton

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For Sale – Apple MacBook Pro 13 early 2011 Core i5 2.3GHz – 8GB RAM/480GB SSD – High Sierra

Selling this Macbook Pro 13 from early 2011, if fantastic condition (not just for its age), apart from a small scuff on the corner where the optical drive is (see photo 6).

Other than that it is in almost perfect condition, just see the rest of the photos. Very, very clean laptop, which has just been upgraded to 8GB of RAM and a brand new 480GB SSD. It is still very quick and everything works perfectly, not stutters!! It will work perfectly and fast for Internet, Office applications, Email, Photo editing, day to day computing and perfect for School/University!

It’s not a gaming laptop, so don’t expect great performance if you’re trying to run high framerate 3D games.

Battery cycle count is low at 219 and it will still easily give you between 4 and 5 hours, if not more. Standby time (lid closed) is phenomenal 6-7 days.

REASONABLE OFFERS WELCOME!!!

This laptop has been looked after and will still provide many years of use, with that glowing Apple at the back

It will come safely packaged, with its original power supply and a fresh install of MacOS High Sierra.

Just see the photos, buy with confidence and grab a bargain.

Any questions, just ask.

£379 ono inc p&p or can be collected from Northampton

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IT’s move to Azure drives Microsoft revenues skyward

Massive tech companies like Microsoft and AWS have benefited from the COVID-19 lockdown significantly more than their smaller competitors as IT shops large and small move workloads from on-premises environments to the cloud, analysts said.

That observation was evident in Microsoft’s earnings call this week. The company powered through the coronavirus pandemic, reporting fourth quarter revenues of $38.03 billion, up 13% compared to last year’s fourth quarter, largely on the strength of its Intelligent Cloud Business.

The company’s intelligent cloud business, which includes Azure, Windows Server, SQL Server and GitHub, generated $13.37 billion in revenue, up 17%, compared to last year’s fiscal fourth quarter. Azure’s revenue growth, however, slowed to 47%, down from 59% in the previous quarter.

While Microsoft does not break out Azure’s revenues, the company said its cloud business passed the $50 billion mark for the fiscal year.

“The last five months have made it very clear that digital tech intensity is key to business resilience,” said Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO on this week’s earnings call. “Organizations that build their own digital capability will recover faster and emerge from this crisis stronger.”

Microsoft business users are accelerating digital transformation projects in light of the coronavirus, Nadella said, which is why Microsoft, too, is accelerating its own efforts to build a full technology stack fueled by cloud and AI technologies.

Moving large workloads to a pubic cloud allows companies to displace Capex, said Jeff Valentine, CTO at CloudCheckr.

“When users move to the cloud, they are avoiding having to buy more servers and so are conserving cash during these harsh economic times,” he said.

Remote work investments surge

Microsoft also benefited from companies that scaled up remote work during the pandemic. Microsoft’s Productivity and Business Processes unit, which contains Office, Dynamics and LinkedIn, reported $11.75 billion in revenue. The company noted that LinkedIn’s 10% gain in revenues for the quarter was slowest growth for the product since Microsoft acquired it in 2016.

The company reported Office 365 and Microsoft 365 sales grew 15% year over year. “This reflects the strong adoption of free trial offers that enabled customers to quickly adapt to needed remote work scenarios,” said Amy Hood, Microsoft’s CFO.

The operating margin for the unit for the quarter was 33.8%, which is the lowest since fiscal 2017. The company attributed the dip to the weaker job market, less spending on advertising, and the marketing expenses associated with promoting its Teams communications application.

According to Nadella, the aggressive marketing and technology investments made in Teams is paying off as the product is gaining rapid acceptance among large and small IT organizations.

When users move to the cloud, they are avoiding having to buy more servers and so are conserving cash during these harsh economic times.
Jeff ValentineCTO, CloudCheckr

“Teams is rapidly becoming the communications backbone as customers accelerate moving voice to the cloud,” Nadella said. “We are expanding Teams beyond the workplace and will make it easier to add personal Teams accounts on mobile, so users can stay connected to friends and family.”

Teams users generated over 5 billion meeting minutes in a single day this past quarter, according to Nadella, with 69 organizations each having more than 100,000 users deploying Teams.

Microsoft’s More Personal Computing division, which includes Windows, search and its Surface devices, posted $12.91 billion in revenue. Sales of Windows devices dropped 4%, however, experiencing the slowest growth since 2016, Hood said. Licenses for consumer devices, however, grew 34% after dropping 10% in the previous quarter.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, Microsoft had revenues of $143 billion, 14% over fiscal 2019, with a net income of $44.3 billion, a 13% increase over the previous year.

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Addressing racial injustice – The Official Microsoft Blog

An email from CEO Satya Nadella to Microsoft employees: 

As I shared in our Employee Town Hall last month, and in my email earlier this month, we are committed to take action to help address racial injustice and inequity, and unequivocally believe that Black lives matter. Below you will see many of the steps we are taking.

Over the past several weeks, the senior leadership team, board of directors, and I have spent time reflecting, listening, learning, and discussing what role the company – and all of us collectively – must play in helping to drive change, both within Microsoft and in our communities. With significant input from employees and leaders who are members of the Black and African American community, we have developed a set of actions that we believe are both meaningful to improving the lived experience at Microsoft, as well as driving change in the communities in which we live and work.

Today, we are making commitments to address racial injustice and inequity for the Black and African American community in the United States. We will additionally take important steps to address the needs of other communities, including the Hispanic and Latinx community, across the company in the next five years. We are focused on three multiyear, sustained efforts:

  • Increasing our representation and culture of inclusion. We will build on our diversity and inclusion (D&I) momentum from the past five years by adding an additional $150M of D&I investment, and will double the number of Black and African American people managers, senior individual contributors, and senior leaders in the United States by 2025.
  • Engaging our ecosystem. We will use our balance sheet and engagement with suppliers and partners to extend the vision for societal change throughout our ecosystem, creating new opportunities for them and the communities they serve.
  • Strengthening our communities. We will use the power of data, technology, and partnership to help improve the lives of Black and African American citizens across our country, including to address the safety and well-being of our own employees in the communities in which they live.

Below are key details on how we will accomplish this.

Our Culture

We need to ensure that our culture of inclusion is a top priority for everyone. It starts with our values of respect, integrity, and accountability. Each of us must be able to thrive in diverse teams. Every manager must be able to attract, retain, and grow employees of all backgrounds. This is certainly true at Microsoft, and also more broadly. It is the new baseline for manager excellence across industries across the globe.

We will meet this new goal in three key ways:

  1. We will accelerate our cultural transformation through further investment in inclusion. Managers who have a deep understanding and commitment to building inclusive culture are key to our company’s success. Starting in FY21, our training on allyship, covering, and privilege in the workplace will be required for all employees, with additional new content on understanding the experience of the Black and African American community. Because leadership sets the tone, we will have required live sessions for CVPs and EVPs to ensure they better understand the lived experience of these specific communities.
  1. We will strengthen our intentional career planning and talent development efforts. This will apply across our workforce, beginning with Black and African American employees. These programs will expand to include other employee groups as we learn and grow. We will expand on our leadership development programs for select Black and African American midlevel employees and their managers, to help prepare for promotion to Director/Principal. For Director/Principal level, we will create a new development opportunity to expose them to the leadership expectations of the Partner/GM level and match them with senior-level sponsors and mentors. For Partner/GMs, we are continuing to invest in the dedicated leadership development programs.
  1. We will further strengthen company accountability for progress on representation. We will deepen our practice of evaluating each CVP/GM’s progress on diversity and inclusion when determining their impact and rewards, as well as promotion considerations. We will provide CVPs with dedicated D&I coaches to confront and resolve systemic obstacles within their organizations. We will expand our global, quarterly promotion process to ensure we build diverse leadership teams at all levels. This will include direct engagement with business leaders on review of all candidates for people management, Director/Principal level, and Partner/GM level.

Our Ecosystem

A vast business ecosystem surrounds Microsoft from our supply chain to our partner community. We recognize that a stronger and more productive ecosystem requires better representation of the diversity in our communities. We will evolve our engagement with our supply chain, banking partners, and the broad Microsoft partner ecosystem in this effort.

  1. We will double the number of Black- and African American-owned approved suppliers over the next three years and spend an incremental $500M with those existing and new suppliers. We’ll do this by ensuring our existing guidance to include diverse minority-owned suppliers in all RFPs is well understood, evaluate supplier portfolio composition, and enhance the weighting of diversity characteristics (both in ownership and in broad workforce) during the supplier evaluation and selection process. We will also encourage Black and African American representation progress in our top 100 suppliers, which account for over 50 percent of our indirect spend, by requesting annual disclosure of their diversity profile information (e.g., workforce diversity, goals) that we will incorporate into our RFP evaluations.
  1. We will use our own banking needs to grow our portfolio investment activity with Black- and African American-owned financial institutions. Over the next three years, we will double the percentage of our transaction volumes through these Black- and African-American owned banks and external managers where we have existing strong banking relationships and look to grow that base, which provides an increased opportunity for these firms to attract more capital. We will create a $100M program that will make its initial investment in collaboration with the FDIC to target Minority Owned Depository
    Institutions (MDIs), which directly enables an increase of funds into local communities (businesses, restaurants, housing, etc.). And, we will establish a $50M investment fund focused on supporting Black- and African American-owned small businesses. The fund will initially focus on investing to improve access to capital, increase skill development, and reduce the technology gaps that exist today.
  1. We know how important partners are to the growth of our business. We look forward to investing to increase the number of Black- and African American-owned partners in our US partner community by 20 percent over the next three years. A new $50M partner fund will help with access to capital providing loans to support these partners through their startup phase with the loans recovered over time as their business grows. We will provide $20M of financing to existing and new partners to support their cashflow needs. And, we will invest an additional $3M in training programs covering financial management, tech solutions, and go-to-market readiness.

Our Communities

No company can change the world by itself. But we believe that Microsoft can put the power of data, technology, and partnership to work to help improve the lives of Black and African American citizens across our country. That’s what we’re committed to doing, through a four-part effort.

  1. We will strengthen and expand our existing justice reform initiative with a five-year, $50 million sustained effort. Since starting this work in 2017, we’ve come to appreciate the importance of this issue not only to the nation, but to the personal lives of our employees and their families. No one should have to live with the fear of being stopped by the police, harassed while shopping, or bullied in school because of the color of their skin. This conviction has led us to do increasing work advocating both in the Puget Sound and nationally, including in the communities where our employees live.We will build on this foundation by using data and digital technology toward increased transparency and accountability in our justice system. All this work will be backed by public policy advocacy that will increase access to data to identify racial disparities and improve policing. We’ll also use our technology and expertise to support evidenced-based and unbiased diversion programs that direct people into treatment alternatives instead of incarceration. We’ll also use data to promote racial equity in the decisions made by prosecutors, including decisions about who to charge with a crime, the nature of the charge, plea offers, and sentencing recommendations.
  1. We will expand our skills work to help Black and African American students and adults develop the skills needed to succeed in the digital economy. Over the next five years, we will expand in 13 states and the District of Columbia the Microsoft TEALS industry volunteer program to bring computer science education to an additional 620 high schools primarily serving Black and African American students. We will also strengthen Microsoft’s support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, including in computer and data science programs, campus initiatives and partnerships, and curriculum development. Finally, we’ll offer digital skills training to Black and African American adults seeking new jobs. As part of a global skilling initiative, we will provide $5 million in cash grants to community-based nonprofit organizations led by and serving communities of color, enabling them to better support digital skills programs.
  1. We will help expand access to broadband and devices for communities of color and the key institutions that support them in major urban centers, by working with carriers, OEMs, our own hardware team, refurbishers, and nonprofits to enrich low-cost broadband access by providing affordable PCs and Microsoft software. We’ll work to ensure these services can be put to effective use to improve people’s lives, with a focus on telehealth services and educational offerings. Backed by public advocacy, we’ll start by focusing on six cities that currently confront the largest urban broadband gaps.
  1. Finally, we will increase technology support for nonprofits that support and are led by people of color. We will help support the digital transformation that we know from experience can make nonprofits more effective. We’ll provide access to Azure and Dynamics credits and financial grants that will enable these organizations to add the IT staff needed to better deploy and maximize technology. We look forward to tapping into the knowledge and expertise of our own employees as we identify effective groups we can support more strongly.

Change begins by looking inward. We expect this change in ourselves. Employees expect this change from their leaders. Our customers and partners expect this change from Microsoft. And the world demands this change.

This is not a one-time event. It will require real work and focus. We will listen and learn. We will take feedback and we will adjust. But it starts with each of us making a commitment to do the work, to help drive change, and to act with intention.

Satya

Learn more about on our ongoing commitment to Diversity & Inclusion in our 2019 D&I Report

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For Sale – Apple Macbook Air 2018 Mint

Purchased this Retina MacBook Air direct from Apple on 21st November 2018 but is just not getting used so would like to move on to a good home. Has had minimal light use – internet and Football Manager only!!

1.6GHz dual‑core 8th‑generation Intel Core i5 processor, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
Intel UHD Graphics 617
8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory
512GB SSD storage
Force Touch trackpad
Two Thunderbolt 3 ports
Touch ID
Retina display
Backlit Keyboard – British
Accessory Kit

Comes in original box with all original accessories.

Has had a hard case on top / bottom since day one so is immaculate with no dents or dings and screen is in mint condition

Will be reset to factory running

It has no Apple Care / Warranty expired November 2019

Will be posted insured signed for at my cost and will advise delivery date once courier decided and funds received.

Can also collect from London SE9 evenings or weekends

Payment by PayPal Gift, Bank Transfer or Cash if collecting.

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AWS and Oracle battle for hybrid cloud database deployment

Cloud databases are coming back on premises with a series of new offerings from Amazon Web Services and Oracle.

AWS said on July 6 that its AWS Outposts service now supports the Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS). AWS Outposts ports the AWS public cloud to an organization’s own data center. Amazon RDS provides users with cloud versions of a number of different relational databases, including MySQL, PostgreSQL, MariaDB and SQL Servers.

With Amazon RDS running on AWS Outposts, the initial two databases supported are MySQL and PostgreSQL. With AWS Outposts, users run the database workloads on premises and get AWS cloud backup and control functionality that is the same as what is available in the public cloud offering.

Oracle launches hybrid cloud database deployment

Not to be outdone, on July 8 Oracle introduced its Dedicated Region Cloud at Customer offering, which brings Oracle’s cloud services, including the Oracle Autonomous Database, to on-premises deployments. The new system provides Oracle users with a fully managed platform that is deployed in the user’s own location.

“The autonomous database that’s running in Cloud at Customer is identical to the autonomous database that runs our Gen 2 public cloud,” said Larry Ellison, Oracle CTO, executive chairman and co-founder, during a virtual event July 8. “The Oracle Cloud manages the clouded customer database, but the data in the Cloud at Customer deployment always stays in your data center.”

Ellison also used the live-streamed event as opportunity to compare his firm’s on-premises version of a cloud database, to Amazon RDS, boasting that Oracle’s is faster, though the claim has not been independently substantiated.

Larry Ellison, Oracle CTO, and image of Cloud@Customer cloud-to-on-premises offering
Oracle CTO and co-founder Larry Ellison outlined the [email protected] offering that brings public cloud services on premises.

Two different views of hybrid cloud databases

While Ellison sees Oracle’s offering as being directly competitive with AWS, analysts took a more nuanced view.

“I see the two products are largely distinct in the market, despite their superficial similarity,” said Carl Olofson, research vice president at IDC.

The autonomous database that’s running in Cloud at Customer is identical to the autonomous database that runs our Gen 2 public cloud.
Larry EllisonCo-founder and CTO, Oracle

Olofson said Oracles product is aimed at Oracle Database users who want the benefits of Oracle Autonomous Database in the data center and who, for the most part, are heavily invested in Oracle technology.

“It is critically important to Oracle to keep those customers in the fold, and away from other cloud platform vendors,” Olofson said.

In contrast, Olofson noted that AWS Outposts supports RDS, but not Amazon’s premium online transaction processing (OLTP) relational database management system (RDBMS) Amazon Aurora. While RDS provides managed support for Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server, most RDS users are focused on open source: MySQL and PostgreSQL, he noted.

“This is a different market from that targeted by Oracle,” Olofson said.

On the surface, the AWS and Oracle systems are similar, said Mark Peters, principal analyst and practice director at Enterprise Strategy Group. Both AWS and Oracle are offering the ability to run certain databases either in a public cloud or on premises.

“Each is an embrace of the clearly hybrid IT world that is going to be dominant for the foreseeable future, but then there are a host of — meaningful — differences in execution,” Peters said.

Peters added that the variance include the databases themselves and the degree of services sophistication, performance, security and value, among other things.

Why hybrid cloud database matters

Organizations want to use hybrid cloud databases for a variety of reasons.

A hybrid approach is often to accommodate compliance with different regulations and executive preferences, Peters noted. Ellison underscored that, pointing out that enterprises that need to keep data in a certain location due to data sovereignty rules can do so with an on-premises option.

Olofson said that IDC research shows that most larger enterprises are committed to a hybrid path to cloud migration. That approach involves building and convert applications on premises in a cloud or cloudlike environment, then gradually moving them to the cloud.

“Being able to bring the actual cloud environment into the data center makes that effort simpler and less risky,” Olofson said. “This applies, in particular, to what one might call traditional operational applications, which are the trickiest to replatform and move.”

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