Oracle Secure Backup Cloud Module
Oracle Secure Backup Cloud Module is a cloud computing—based backup module that's sold as part of the Oracle Secure Backup product suite. Through a partnership with Amazon Web Services, Oracle Secure Backup Cloud Module enables the seamless backups of Oracle databases directly to Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), an internet-accessible and highly scalable and reliable storage system.
Director of Backup and Recovery Technologies
and Muthu Olagappan and Cris Pedregal, members of Wertheimer's development team
Location: Redwood Shores, California
Product: Oracle Secure Backup Cloud Module
Q: What makes Oracle Secure Backup Cloud Module innovative?
A: We've taken our highly integrated Oracle Database backup system and extended it to allow backups to cloud storage, using the exact same tools and techniques that have existed for years. The advantage of cloud storage is that it eliminates the considerable setup and administration costs associated with most traditional backup options, such as tape systems.
Q: What's the most innovative project you've worked on at Oracle?
A: Our database backup and recovery suite of products is a highly innovative part of the Oracle infrastructure. Although seemingly not as "cool" as things like Java and e-commerce, it is full of really interesting and challenging problems. Oracle databases are the IT backbone of the largest companies in the world, and our customers expect their enormous, highly active systems to function 24/7, with no downtime to take traditional backups. Our team's job is to figure out how to make that happen.
Q: How do you think Oracle's innovative culture benefits our customers?
A: I've been with Oracle for almost twenty years, and we've always been a highly innovative company. If you look at where we are with respect to our competition today versus 15 years ago, we were the market leader then and still are today. You don't often see a company that maintains and increases its position as a technology leader for such a long period of time. If we'd stopped innovating in 1995 and just collected support revenue, we'd no longer be in business. It's all about innovation. Oracle has come up with new ideas and implemented them right, doing them in a way that our customers want. This innovation culture comes from the very top, from Larry Ellison on down.
Q: What innovative technology are you excited about right now?
A: Oracle Exadata. It's the definition of innovation. It does fantastically innovative things with storage to run customers' databases at speeds that are orders of magnitude faster than they are getting today.
Q: Who do you think is the most innovative person at Oracle?
A: Bill Bridge. He played a huge role in inventing the underlying architecture for Oracle Database. Although most of his work was done in the early and mid 1990s, and has been improved upon by many talented people since then, the basic foundations of his architecture still drive Oracle databases today.
Q: What would you call the enemy of innovation?
A: Pick any company that stifles people and doesn't encourage people to develop new ideas and does not aid people who have ideas. It's the absence of a culture like Oracle's.
Q: What innovative product has made the biggest difference in your life?
A: My personal favorite is the FasTrak toll transponder in my car. It's a simple concept, but it has saved me more time than any other thing I've ever bought.