Oracle forges the path to the cloud

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26 October 2015

He said that Oracle is best placed to facilitate that move.

Three levels of cloud
“Along with Microsoft, we are the only ones operating at all three levels in the cloud.”

Highlighting Oracle’s complete suite of solutions and services, Ellison said the company had completely re-written its solutions, applications, middleware and database for the cloud.

In doing so, he said, there were six design goals around cost, reliability, performance, standards, compatibility and security.

Under cost, Ellison said that Oracle wanted to achieve the l
owest acquisition cost, and lowest total cost of ownership. This would be achieved through automation and making it easier to build and deploy applications, reducing labour and eliminating human error. This would allow Oracle to match or beat Amazon Web Services (AWS) prices.

Under reliability, fault tolerance and automation would ensure no single point of failure, eliminating human error in deployment, patching, back-up and recovery.

As well as the highlighted hardware and architecture work to achieve better performance, in-memory and in-flash columnar processing for databases and Exadata in the Cloud would also deliver substantial benefits.

There was a major emphasis on ensuring that users are not locked in to any cloud, with the use of SQL, Hadoop, NoSQL, Java, Ruby, Node.js, Linux and Docker meaning that users can move workloads and data to other public clouds, such as Amazon or Microsoft.

This extended into the compatibility goal, to allow greater manageability of workloads, with easy coexistence to allow “push button live data migration between private and public cloud”.

Security must be always on, continuous defence against cyberattacks., said Ellison, admitting that Oracle needed to change its security options to be on by default.

“There should be no need to turn security off,” he said, it should be “always on, always encrypted.”

“The more you push security down into the stack, the more the benefits are felt back up the stack.”

New announcements
Adding to the vision, there were a host of announcements of new products and services, including two major new applications for manufacturing and ecommerce in the cloud.

There is also a new in-built facility in the Oracle platform for just-in-time learning, providing sales supporting resources such as videos and tutorials.

The Oracle Multitenant Database provides cloud scalability, with low cost and high security to manage many customers as one, with system enforced data isolation

The Oracle Database in-memory Active Data Guard provides real-time analytics with no impact on production. Oracle in-memory is twice as fast as SAP HANA on SAP’s own benchmark, according to Oracle.

Exadata in the Cloud is identical to the software and hardware in the on-premises solution. The Exadata in-memory and in-flash database features Column Store Cache automatically maintained in storage servers.

The Multitenant Java Server provides a high density, low cost, secure cloud platform, while the fault tolerant Java Server provides continuous availability and transparent multi-data centre deployment capability.

The Oracle Big Data Preparation service is built natively in Hadoop and Spark for scale, and provides an intuitive, interactive way for analysts to prepare unstructured, semi-structured and structured data for downstream processing.



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