Database Infrastructure Simplified

SkyBase for Oracle on Azure

Compared to Amazon RDS for Oracle

Both SkyBase on Azure and Amazon RDS service simplify deployment of Oracle databases in the cloud. However, the two solutions have substantial differences. The objective of this comparison is to provide information that will help with selecting one of the two solutions based on customer’s requirements.

SkyBase for Oracle on Azure Amazon RDS for Oracle
Key advantages Full control
All database features
Large databases 64+ TB
High storage throughput
Lower storage costs
Lower administration effort
Solution type Infrastructure-as-Code appliance hosted on Azure VMs Database-as-a-Service
Who manages database and OS End-customer or partner AWS
Database features All including RAT, Multitenant, Flashback, Database Vault, Pure Unified Audit Some features not supported
Oracle Cloud Control (OEM) Yes No
Database size Unlimited 64 TB max
Storage IOPS Up to 1M+ IOPS Up to 80K per node
Storage throughput Up to 20,000 MB/s Up to 1750 MB/s
CPU size Up to 416 vCPU Up to 128 vCPU
Memory size limit Up to 11 TB Up to 4 TB
Backup/restore Using RMAN Using storage snapshots
Custom OS security hardening Yes No
Billing By Azure (VM + Marketplace fees) By AWS
“We had to migrate dozens of mission critical Oracle RAC databases from Exadata to AWS with FlashGrid SkyCluster, and were able to do it without sacrificing performance or availability.”

Rama Kolli, Sr. Director – Database Management, S&P Global Ratings

“FlashGrid SkyCluster provides us all elements needed for running our mission-critical Oracle databases in Azure: storage and networking software, deployment automation, and 24x7 support.”

Jay Wilder, Sr. Director of Software Engineering, Nuance Communications

“With FlashGrid and AWS we can now deploy a new application within two weeks instead of six months, without compromising our availability SLA.”

David Urban, VP Operations, Aria Systems

“SkyCluster for Azure proved to be a reliable solution that is easy to implement and support for us as a systems integrator.”


“With our new virtualized RAC running on FlashGrid architecture we do a 125GB full table scan in 6 seconds. That is an 11x improvement over our previous setup.”

Sam Shiel, Oracle DBA, Simplyhealth

“Implementing Oracle RAC with FlashGrid in AWS is an important milestone in Digital Virgo’s cloud journey.”

Mikolaj Klimek, Deputy Director IT Operations and Infrastructure, Digital Virgo

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