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Jeff Erickson
New Autonomous Transaction Processing
Here’s the problem: Executives greenlight a big project, and developers are raring to work on it, but it takes days or weeks for IT to launch a database to get started. Or developers dive in with a hamstrung cloud database that will never meet the performance and cost standards you’ll need in production.

Here’s the fix: Oracle is launching Oracle Autonomous Transaction Processing Cloud Service, which enables you to order up all the power of Oracle Database, tuned for online transaction processing, and it’s ready to use in minutes. Autonomous means that it patches, tunes, and continuously secures itself without human intervention, cutting cost, risk, and human errors. Databases, and the work of DBAs who maintain them, simply won’t be the same. Get the details in my post on The Oracle Blog.

— Jeff Erickson, Oracle Editor at Large
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