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Four Essential Components for Database as a Service

Database as a service (DBaaS) is getting a lot of attention lately. Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c provides capabilities that address the fundamentals of delivering DBaaS—essential components such as database consolidation, standardization, self-service, automation, metering, and chargeback for reporting.

Consolidation
Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c provides in-depth advisories and recommendations for analyzing, configuring, and deploying DBaaS resources on a shared, consolidated platform. These advisories provide recommendations and guided workflows for DBaaS consolidation based on technical or business constraints. Administrators can choose to consolidate database workloads for scenarios involving physical-to-physical, physical-to-virtual, or physical-to-Oracle Exadata.

Standardization and Self-Service
Administrators can use Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c to create standardized database services without creating configuration sprawl. By bringing together the right set of resources for their database services, cloud administrators can specify placement policies based on load, configure role-based access, and define the service catalogue in several easy-to-follow steps. Once enabled, developers and testers can select their database deployment method from the self-service guided workflow.

Automation
Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c’s powerful automation engine is the key to making DBaaS work. It lets cloud administrators quickly and easily provision databases and/or schemas in an agile and efficient manner. Administrators can create gold images and provisioning procedures, and render them as service templates in the self-service portal. Users can then request database cloud services using these templates without ever needing to know about the underlying intricacies of the infrastructure or provisioning process. Each database service can be automatically scaled up or down depending on changing workloads and business needs. Other key features include

  • An out-of-the-box console for self-service provisioning
  • The ability to provision simple “vanilla” databases or schemas for developers
  • Full clones of databases for intense testing
  • The ability to clone large volumes of data in minutes for testing
  • Schema as a service implementation
  • Full database cloning using Oracle Recovery Manager backups
  • Database Snap Clone feature that leverages underlying storage copy-on-write technologies

Accountability and Reporting
Finally, since DBaaS deals with shared resource utilization and self-service automation, a DBaaS deployment is usually complemented by quota, retirement, and chargeback policies. The ability to meter resource usage for user consumption is key for compliance and governance requirements. Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c provides deep visibility and understanding of how cloud resources are being used, and by whom—helping to establish accountability.

Learn more about Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

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