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By Jeff Erickson
Executive brief: Oracle Database as a Service
Organizations large and small are always on the watch for new technologies that will give them an advantage. Sometimes, however, a fundamental change occurs that shifts the technology landscape and forces everyone to react. This is one of those times, say industry watchers. Businesses are “shifting from computing in separate, company-run data centers to reliance on cloud computing services,” says Andy Mendelsohn, executive vice president of database server technologies at Oracle.
But they aren’t moving to the cloud to maintain the status quo, he says. “They’re doing it to vault ahead.” With the launch of Oracle Database 12c Release 2 in Oracle Cloud, Oracle is providing organizations of all sizes with access to the world’s fastest, most scalable and reliable database technology in a cost-effective, secure, and open cloud environment, which is fully compatible with on-premises environments.
The latest release of the world’s #1 database adds state-of-the-art technologies such as big data and in-memory analytics. Oracle Database in-memory technology delivers extreme performance analytics against live transactional data. With “a unique dual-format in-memory system that has both row store and column store technologies embedded,” says Mendelsohn, “it gives customers real-time analytics against data that’s being actively updated in the production database.” And, he adds, “it does it without requiring any changes to the enterprise applications providing the data.”
An enhancement in Oracle Database 12c Release 2 on Oracle Cloud enables customers to offload real-time analytics to an in-memory column store on an Oracle Active Data Guard standby database. Now a customer can “have the best of both worlds, where they can completely isolate the transactional users on their production database but still deliver incredibly high performance, near real-time analytics on the standby,” Mendelsohn says. “This is the most-requested enhancement from users of earlier versions of Oracle Database 12c,” he adds.
Companies aren’t moving to the cloud to maintain the status quo. They’re doing it to vault ahead.
—Andy Mendelsohn, Executive Vice President, Database Server Technologies, Oracle
Oracle is leading the shift from standard data warehouses to big data architectures. Businesses often maintain dual systems to analyze big data—one to analyze structured data from enterprise applications and other Hadoop-and NoSQL-based systems to analyze massive unstructured data from third-party websites, social media, and industrial sensors or internet-connected devices. Oracle has brought these data management systems together with a technology called Oracle Big Data SQL, which eliminates the need to move data between systems, giving customers access to all their data in one integrated view.
“Now you can run standard Oracle SQL in a massively parallel way across the whole big data management system—in Hadoop, NoSQL, and the Oracle relational database. This gives you the full power of Oracle SQL against all your data including structured, spatial, graph, and JSON data,” says Mendelsohn. The end result, he says, “is incredibly high performance SQL without the complexity of consolidating all the data into one data store.”
Oracle Database 12c multitenant architecture provides Oracle Database the agility and low operational cost required by databases in the cloud. Oracle Database 12c Release 2 on Oracle Cloud adds new features and capabilities to its industry-leading multitenant architecture, including hot cloning, online refresh, and pluggable database relocation. “Now you can unplug a database from one container and plug it into another with no downtime to the application. It’s that simple,” says Mendelsohn. “That could move a database from one data center to another, or in a hybrid cloud environment you could be moving a database from on premises to Oracle Cloud. So it’s a very agile, mobile infrastructure,” he says. “This is what customers have told us they need in the cloud.”
Infographic: Exadata Express Cloud Service
With Oracle Database 12c Release 2, Oracle is introducing Oracle Database Exadata Express Cloud Service (Exadata Express). Starting at just $175 per month for a 20GB database, it’s a great entry-level database cloud service for dev/test or production databases for departments or small businesses. Exadata Express runs Oracle Database Enterprise Edition with most options and runs on Oracle’s database-optimized Oracle Exadata infrastructure. Customers can start with a small deployment on Exadata Express and scale to large database deployments on Oracle Database Cloud Service and Oracle Exadata Cloud Service.
All Oracle Database Cloud Services are compatible with Oracle Databases running on premises, so customers can easily transition workloads from on premises to the cloud and back again. “As we’ve done over the past 30-plus years, we’re going to preserve the investments people have made in the applications they’ve written around Oracle Database,” says Mendelsohn. “We do this while pushing forward aggressively into the new technologies our customers need to outperform their competitors.”
Earlier this year, Oracle introduced the concept of Oracle Cloud at Customer. This gives customers the ability to run the same PaaS and IaaS hardware and software as Oracle Public Cloud at the customer’s data center. This is all managed by Oracle behind the customer’s firewall. Customers get the same subscription pricing as Oracle Cloud. This is important for customers not yet ready to move to the public cloud (usually due to regulatory compliance and data governance issues). As part of this initiative, Oracle will soon be shipping the Exadata Cloud Machine to enable the Exadata Cloud Service to run at customer data centers. This gives customers three alternative deployment models for running Oracle Exadata: on premises, Exadata Cloud Machine, or Exadata Cloud Service.
That Oracle Database 12c Release 2 is the fastest, most scalable and reliable database technology didn’t happen by chance. “We’re continuing to put big investments into Oracle Database to support our customers through their transitions to cloud, in-memory database, big data, and beyond,” says Mendelsohn. “If you don’t rearchitect your database for these transitions, you’re going to be stuck with a database that’s going to be way behind.”
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