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OVUM: How DBAs Can Use Database as a Service to Drive IT Transformation

In a new on-demand webcast, Roy Illsley, principal analyst at OVUM, argues that in the age of database as a service (DBaaS), database administrators (DBAs) can play a kingmaker role in transforming IT from a supply-led to a demand-led enterprise.

The webcast, "Practical Steps to Transform IT Delivery Within an Enterprise Using Database as a Service," explores the specific ways DBAs are eliminating infrastructure barriers and delivering IT services in a highly agile, demand-centric paradigm.

Toward Demand-Led IT
"We are witnessing a shift in the use and role of technology, from a position where IT departments were the guardians of this technology to a more enabling role," writes Illsley in a new OVUM white paper, which webcast attendees receive for free.

Such an approach does not mean a free-for-all in which users make all the decisions. IT leaders still have to determine which technologies are most appropriate and implement an effective governance framework.

The Move to DBaaS
Illsley also makes it clear that the shift to demand-led IT is a step-by-step journey—and that a great place to start is DBaaS.

"The DBaaS model is a scalable service that allows users to quickly and easily utilize the features of a relational database without the burden of handling complex administrative tasks," says Illsley.

Oracle and DBaaS
After making the case for DBaaS, Illsley and Sudip Datta, vice president of product management at Oracle, explore specific Oracle technologies that are making DBaaS a reality, including

  • Oracle Multitenant. This feature of Oracle Database 12c enables a multitenant container database to hold many pluggable databases. The result: DBAs can manage many databases as one. For example, they can perform backups across the entire container with the push of a button—without sacrificing the advantages of isolation and resource prioritization.
  • Oracle Exadata Database Machine. "If you want all the benefits of DBaaS while still getting high performance, an engineered system is the best way to go," says Illsley.
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c. This solution provides a lifecycle-centric approach toward delivering and managing database as a service. Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c comes with an easy-to-use, out-of-the-box console for self-service provisioning. And it supports automated placement, quotas, and retirement policies. It is ideal for handling a variety of scenarios and use cases including provisioning and cloning dedicated databases, and using schema as a service and pluggable database as a service.

Watch the on-demand webcast, "Practical Steps to Transform IT Delivery Within an Enterprise Using Database as a Service."

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