jeudi oct. 29, 2015

#OOW15 Oracle: your Infrastructure Provider ?

As explained by Dave Donatelli during today's Keynote: Cloud is changing everything. Especially disrupting the business model of infrastructure providers. To succeed today, you have to have a Cloud Strategy and a Cloud to offer to your customer, as it has several benefits:

  • Offering customers the right solution for the job: being either in the Cloud or on-premise
  • Learn and improve your development at every level thanks to your Cloud operations that need to work at a large scale
  • Maximizing your R&D investment as you are not only building for your customers but also for your Cloud
And this is exactly Oracle Strategy.

Here, we are going beyond a pure performance gain, we are looking at efficiency. Any improvement made, not only benefit to customers, it is also benefiting to us by optimizing our Cloud, that's why we want to be the best. As stated by John Fowler: the better we do the Platform, the less we have to build multimillion $ Datacenter link to its associated hydro-electric plant ! That's why we are so serious about it.

So, why Oracle as your infrastructure provider ?

Because we need everything to build our Cloud efficiently, and we are engineering everything toward the new Cloud architecture:

  • Archive: our biggest customers are the big Clouds
  • Backup: from Tapes to disks with ZFS up to our unique Zero Data Lost Recovery Appliance for even greater efficiency
  • Storage: the market is moving to full flash, but need a new architecture to match change and we have this architecture.
  • Networking: to get the best efficiency, Network is a key part, here again we have the technology
  • Compute: we cover from the just announced M7 servers, x86, up to Engineered Systems
  • OS: we are developing our Oracle Linux, Solaris and Oracle VM
  • Integration: Tight all those things together  for maximum efficiency because we engineered the Database, Middleware, and the whole Suite of Applications... We can co engineered: we are unique
  • Security: we have it across the stack, especially with the new M7 servers announcement and its unique Security on Silicon for a fully encrypted Datacenter
  • Management: one way to navigate between public and private
  • Support: One phone call for support

Having the ownership of all the components allow us to put the right function/feature at the right place: allowing for maximum efficiency.

This efficiency is even adopted at very large scale as demonstrated by several customers during many Oracle Open World sessions, like the Customer Panel on Big Data and Data warehouses. As such, the CERN to effectively manage and run the LHC with reduce IT involvement did replace a Do-It-Yourselves approach by a whole Oracle Engineered Systems for its Big Data implementation. As this was also illustrated during Neil Mendelson's Big Data and Analytic Strategy session: we are using the same technologies that we deliver to you on-premise and in our Cloud, and that we are keeping to improve for better efficiency at all level of the stack with the complete flexibility on where you want to operate back and force with a 100% hybrid Cloud model.

mercredi oct. 28, 2015

#OOW15 Complete Integrated Secured Cloud Suite

Feeling the experience of the Suite was clearly the main take out of Thomas Kurian's morning Keynote. Thomas took us on the journey of a CTO facing more and more common IT challenges to answer to Digital Business Transformation: "Everything Now !". Leveraging the full capacity of Oracle Public Cloud, spanning now from IaaS to SaaS, we started by enabling the deployment into the Cloud of an "elastic" application (with build-in  up and down scalability configuration, to pay for what you use when you need it). Leveraging the IaaS Platform to deploy an opensource based application front-end on Node.js and Exadata as a Service to sustain the Oracle Database back-end. Then providing a 360° view of the customer by connecting the sales forces directly on their mobiles to every pieces of the Suite from CRM, to ERP to Supply Chain, optimizing even the sales forces visits: all integrated from a single Cloud provider. And last, giving the key up to the end-user of the best decision and optimization, through Big Data and Data Visualization service. (check

All of this experience being extremely secured, as explained in great details by Larry Ellison in his afternoon Keynote. Everything becoming digital, we are in war against Cyber Attacks.  Everyday, everywhere data are stolen, meaning that our current level of defense are not enough today. Until know, even if we can provide you the most comprehensive security features spanning all Oracle stack, it was often either an after thought or a compromise to find due to the performance impact you had to pay by turning security on. But, with the new M7 servers launched yesterday, this is coming to an end. We can now provide "always on security" by default thanks to Security in Silicon advanced features providing:

  • real time memory intrusion detection
  • high-speed encryption with near zero overhead

And with just a few of those M7 servers, we can and are protecting an entire Cloud. M7 can detect any potential attack in real time. And so when this attack is detected we can now patch the entire Cloud, even live with features like KSplice. And of course we are also deploying in our Cloud everyhting secured by default with Transparent Data Encryption in the Oracle Datase, including a Key Management System ensuring that you keep your encryption key with you (on your premise)  and a such blocking anyone from being able to see you data in clear in our Cloud but you. We also provide you Data Masking and subset capability to benefit from moving for example your test/dev to the cloud with anonymized Data. Adding even Compliance reporting with Audit Vault, up to Database Firewall. As you can imagine now, we are turning Security on by default at every layer of the stack.

In closing of his Keynote, Larry announced a new Engineered System supporting the same Oracle Public Cloud IaaS & PaaS on premise - 100% compatible with Oracle Cloud. So for those who will want to replicate our Secured Oracle Public Cloud IaaS & PaaS you will be able to run exactly the same on your premise...

mardi oct. 27, 2015

#OOW15 Enabling Efficiency and Security at Scale with Software in Silicon

Beside the Cloud, the other big theme of the day was the launch of the M7 Servers and SuperCluster. To get a good view on why we are all so exited about it, I invite you to read the following article from Chuck Hollis: "The Amazing Oracle M7". As reflected in Mark Hurd's Keynote, even if it is about Cloud, it is also about efficiency, scalability and security that power both the Cloud and radical innovation that customers like GE have to undertake to differentiate themselves. And as Larry Ellison stated on his Sunday opening Keynote, the deeper and lower you manage to go, the greater efficiency. And it is exactly what we have done with "The Amazing Oracle M7".

We started this journey several years ago, and we are delivering it to you today. Yes, you can order it now, and being ship to you for Christmas or even before. The nice thing is that we are not the only one to be exited about it, ISVs and customers too... as I was able to see in several meetings I had today at Oracle Open World (if they read this blog, they will recognized themselves).

Not only did we focus on the usual chip design things, but the most important was to embed Software in Silicon.

Undertaking the Security challenges

Turn security on by default ! No compromise, for your Data at rest, on the wire AND in memory ! All going at hardware speed !

With the Oracle M7 Software in Silicon features, not only did we improved the cyphers algorithms to encrypt your data (transparently), we are also providing a completely unique capability to secure program memory access: Silicon Secured Memory. This feature locks the memory of a program at allocation time, providing a "key" (colored pointer) to the program that it will be the only one to match with its memory segment. So this is the end of Heartbleed or Venom like attacks. The nice thing about it, is that it also prevents from bad programming and improving code quality, which is becoming more and more complex especially when you are talking Big Data in-memory... the upcoming "new normal".

Undertaking the Efficiency Challenge

Of course all the improvements we did on core count, cache size, memory bandwidth... benefit out of the box to any applications. But here again we are embedding SQL in Silicon, that direct benefits to Oracle Database 12c in-memory Analytic by a factor of x10 at minimum: a customer during the Beta Program experienced a x83 gain running Oracle Database 12c in-memory on M7 vs. all Flash. We are even exploring to open the interface to other applications, and Spark on SPARC is running in the DEMOground at Oracle Open World providing a x6 time improvement, as stated by Ganesh Ramamurthy during his Keynote.

If you are not convince yet on the new efficiency, I invite you to read our published benchmarks today, not only on generic benchmarks, but also on real Enterprise benchmark and many area like In-Memory, Hadoop, NoSQL, Graph, Neural Network with R... Just pick the one you need and it should be here... Oh, and I forgot to mention, of course we did those benchmarks with Security turned on by default.

#OOW15 Cloud Predictions for 2025

Marc Hurd launched second day of Oracle Open World by providing his Vision 2025, joint on stage by  Jim Fowler (GE CIO) and Mike Brady (CTO AIG), along with video testimonials from Solarus Aircraft business, Avaya and DocuSign. A panel of customers spanning from very large to very small companies.

We are facing today a massive change in the industry, driven by a lower world wide growth and a shift of consumers impacting technologies. The current IT model based on old applications pre-internet, pre-mobile, pre-social world is not sustainable. Combining all those macro and micro economics trends, explains why Cloud is becoming so popular. It is build on the promise to get to faster innovation at a lower cost NOW. But to make it effective, it would take time: at least a decade. That's why as Oracle we undertake our journey to Cloud several years ago to prepare this transformation, starting by rewriting our applications for the Cloud, allowing coexistence -between existing on-premise and Cloud- to sustain this decade to move to the Cloud.

By 2025, Mark Hurd's Vision is that :

  1. 80% of applications will be in the cloud
  2. 2 suites providers will own 80% of SaaS market
  3. 100% of test/dev will be in the cloud
  4. Virtually all enterprise Data will be store in the cloud
  5. Enterprise cloud will be the most secured IT environment

And we are readying ourselves for that transformation.

Jim Fowler, GE CIO, was completely reflecting this vision. He has setup goals of having 70% of his applications in the Cloud for 2020. And for that he wants to leverage partners who know best on where they are not adding value to the business and focusing on building where GE can differentiate, like software analytic for gas turbine or locomotive. And even for that 30% in-house intellectual property development GE is still looking at partners to buy innovation at the infrastructure layer to provide scalability and security. A good thing for Oracle Engineered Systems strategy to power both the Cloud and on-premise transformation.

AIG CTO Mike Brady reflected the same movement, underlying the need to link both world, as he can't move to the Cloud without connected the Data stream coming from the Enterprise.

And along those lines, Security was THE word expressed in all testimonials.

All in all, those testimonials were not only enforcing Oracle Vision for the Cloud but also our investments in the full stack innovation, deep into the chip level to be able to deliver the scalability and security both needed in the Cloud and to deliver on-premise transformation and innovation as well... securely. And upper the stack with a full integrating application portfolio spanning CRM, ERP, Marketing, Social Relationship, and extensible to your own requirements thanks to open Platform leveraging 100% compatible Java technology to run it anywhere, with no-locking. A strategic that Avaya leveraged to move from a 100% proprietary Cloud provider to Oracle Suite of Cloud Application and Java PaaS, reducing his specifics by 80%, and for the remaining 20% using a fully open Java PaaS.

To get additional insight on Mark's Keynote, I invite you to read also the following article: "Oracle CEO Mark Hurd Lays Out the Future of the Cloud".

#OOW15 Building High Performing Datacenters and Moving to the Cloud

This year to start Oracle Open World 2015, Intel CEO, Brian Krzanich was on stage to share his vision and what Intel is building with Oracle to enable the transformation to the Cloud. And this starts by building high performing Datacenters that:

  • Make it easy to adopt cloud technology
  • Make it perform and deliver a real ROI
  • Make it compelling to deliver actionable insight
  • Make it secure

Along the line of Software Define everything (see my previous entry on this similar topic) and Oracle Engineered Systems Strategy to "Make it Easy, Perform, Compelling and Secure" (check also this "Performance Study: Big Data Appliance compared with DIY Hadoop" and picture below extract from JavaOne Keynote), Intel is also working with Oracle on Project Apollo to provide Enterprise grade availability and scalability.

The goal of the project is to improve the massive deployment of virtual environments, making a better usage of the resources (scalability) and removing the variance of workloads behavior to provide sustainable SLA (availability). Of course this is done at hardware and software level. As reported by Intel CEO, at the current state of project, Intel and Oracle were able to improve the resources usage by 50% and reduce the variance by an order of magnitude from 30% to 3%. He also touched on innovations Intel is working on around SSD and DIMM, stating that "separation between memory and storage will completely transform performance in the year to come".

This Intel introduction was fully inline with Larry Ellison's Keynote on what Oracle is doing to enable the move to the Cloud: a new era of utility computing. As Larry said, we are designing our Cloud with 6 goals:

  • Cost: lowest acquisition price and lowest total cost of ownership
  • Reliability: fault tolerant with no SPOF (single point of failure) - as "we need to be as reliable as your utility company"
  • Performance: fastest database, middleware, analytics,... from batch to real-time
  • Standards: in early days of cloud, there were not standards but pionniers. But people have a huge investment on premise that they want to move to the cloud. So we need to implement the same standards in the cloud: SQL, Hadoop, NoSQL, Java, Ruby, node.js, linux, docker...
  • Compatibility: easy move of workloads between on-premise and cloud
  • Security: always on continuous defense against cyber attacks
As Larry said, "security should always be on and should be item number one: as all our data goes online !"

To provide the capabilities to enable your transformation to the Cloud, with the choice to run on-premise or in the cloud, through a single management pane of glass, major announcements where done today.

We enriched today our SaaS offering with Manufacturing and E-Commerce. Extending as well the Mobile consumer interface of our applications and the learning curve.

We also announced major enhancements on the platform both for the cloud and big data analytics. For the Cloud with extended multitenant capabilities both at Oracle Database level (with up to 4096 Pluggable Databases per Container) and Java Server level (improving by x3 the consolidation ratio). For Big Data Analytic, first with in-memory offloading capabilities to replicated Oracle Database instances, second by providing Big Data now also into the cloud, with the ability to deploy Hadoop Clusters, along with Big Data Preparation, Discovery and Visualization services (check And of course all of this with reliability in mind, adding Oracle RAC in the Cloud, Exadata Service in the Cloud, as well as fault tolerant java server deployment on different location, enabling zero planned and unplanned downtime.

As Larry said more announcements are to come, especially around security. So stay tuned for the coming days of Oracle Open World 2015.

vendredi oct. 23, 2015

Real-Time Financial Risk Management: big data in-memory at scale

If you are working in financial market and are going to attend Oracle Open World in few days, you should take a valuable 1 hour of your time to join the head of R&D of Quartet FS, Antoine Chambille  for one of his sessions at JavaOne. He will be joint by our Java and ISV Engineering experts to explain how you can make Real-Time correlations with Java, to take the right decision.

As a matter of fact, there is a time where scale-out -web search engine like design pattern- doesn't work anymore. And when you need to correlate very large amount of data in real-time, this is becoming a very interesting challenge. This is what has been achieved by Quartet FS with Oracle technologies running Java in-memory at very large scale in real-time. But to know more and ask the burning questions that you should have, on how you can leverage this capabilities in your own context (even outside of Financial Market, like Retail), join Antoine Chambille and Oracle Engineering for the following sessions:

As a first preview, and for those not going to be at JavaOne, you can have a look at the first 22 minutes of last Quartet FS User Group's Technology Keynote, about performance.

lundi oct. 05, 2015

Oracle: your Software Define Network provider ?

Our Engineered Systems and Cloud are all over the place, and I am engage on many customer projects around those technologies both on-premise or in an hybrid public/private mode. And one of the key under laying piece is the network. Oracle is not well known as a network switch provider... But should... as this is a critical asset that seats in your data path insuring flexibility, performance and security. For Oracle it is a key piece to build our Cloud, our Engineered Systems and that we are integrating up to the chip level (see latest announcement at Hot Chips 27 conference).

Attributes of a “Cloud-Enabled” Datacenter

  • Software Defined “Everything”: Converged, Modular, Agile Infrastructure with Dynamic Provisioning
  • Data Center Security: Enhanced security in Converged Infrastructure and Fabric based solutions
  • Network Services in Fabric: Network Virtualization, Software Define Network (SDN)/Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Flatter L3 networks, Virtual Network Services, Multi-tenancy, Strong provisioning and management tools

Networking is the "converged" in Converged Infrastructure. Oracle SDN enables the creation of segregated, High-Speed L2 Networks and is complemented by Oracle SDN Virtual Network Services to deploy Virtual Firewalls, Routers and Load-Balancers "On Demand".

Software Define "Everything": Oracle Virtual Network Fabric and  Services

With Oracle Virtual Networking, we are drastically simplifying Datacenter network topology by converging your infrastructure and consolidating all your I/O (being Ethernet and Fiber Channel), with a fully dynamic provisioning capability of vNIC and vHBA up to your running Virtual Machines (VMs). This simplification focuses on removing unnecessary North-South traffic and optimizing East-West traffic between your VMs, with strong tenants segregation (PCI DSS compliant) leading to better performance and infrastructure secure consolidation.

With Oracle Virtual Network Services, we provide modular, highly scalable, network services, that can be instantiated by tenant, in an highly available and secured model. Those services, all delivered as a software VM, encompass Firewall, Load-balancer, Routing, VPN and NAT. They can all be daisy chain in a single virtual instance and are High Available with redundancy built-in using VRRP.

Unified management is delivered by using Oracle Fabric Manager, integrated into Oracle Enterprise Manager or OpenStack.

What's next: Enterprise IT and Telco Networks Convergence

We are now at a turning point where Network Core Services, thanks to Software-based Network Virtual Functions will be able to be supported by Enterprise IT... as long as the right platform including Software and Hardware can be delivered to sustain the 99,999% well known in Telco industry. What could we do without any network connections today: not much !
Building of our long experience as a Telco technologies provider encompassing Hardware and Software, we are now bridging both world of Enterprise IT and Telco Networks IT backbone infrastructure with our Netra Modular System Platform to support the deployment of any kind of virtual environment in a very secure and scalable architecture. As a design pattern we took the best of rackmount servers and blade chassis without the drawback: the time-to-deploy for Rackmount and the proprietary chassis for Blades.

Combining everything together, this is how it could look like to operate your Enterprise IT Datacenter, through OpenStack, leveraging Oracle Software Define Network and Virtual Services on top of our Netra Modular System:

If you are going to Oracle Open World 2015, starting October 25th, I invite you to look for the following sessions to exchange with our experts:

And of course, I will be happy to see you there or on twitter as well.

vendredi oct. 10, 2014

Embrace Storage Innovation and Avoid Data Growth Disruption

Last week, we did a major announcement on Oracle Storage, with the upcoming next generation of our SAN Storage. In my last blog entry I talked on the characteristics that were needed today to enable the Real-Time Enterprise: Real-Time, Always-on, At Scale, Secure. All those characteristics have been built-in in the FS1. So let me go back on some of the unique features that we put into the FS1 to make that happen.

Business Prioritization up to the storage

To deliver the most efficient I/O subsystem, not only did we design the FS1 with a multi-tiers Flash and Disks model, we also took a special attention on the auto-tiering capabilities to be inline with the Business requirements. As such the algorithm that we use to move hot data to the most appropriate storage insures that we are moving the data relevant to the application or Database, and not stale data, not useful for the Business, with a very fine grain control (640k). This is complementary to what we already provided, with the unique I/O prioritization based on Business Value, where we re-order the I/O to return the most important first, and not in the usual first-in/first-out model.

All of those unique functions not only contribute to the performance you are expecting to get real-time. It also contribute to scale at an optimal cost per performance. We also continue to offload the replication engine so we can scale properly as your data grow while maintaining your disaster recovery capability.

High-Reliability for your Data

The system is designed with not single point of failure, and extremely fast controller failover. Combined with Oracle MaxRep replication engine, we can secure your data in multiple sites (one-to-many or many-to-one),  synchronously or asynchronously, up to the application level protection, by providing a consistent recovery point rollback capability.

Enabling Storage at Scale

FS1 has been designed to scale from the ground up, at an optimal cost per performance. By leveraging the unique software features, co-engineered up to the Database and application level, we are uniquely position to manage your data growth. As such we deliver flash performance at a fraction of the cost. And also offer the unique compression mechanism co-engineered with the Database, which enable us to reduce your data by a ratio going from x5 to x10 to x50 depending on your data sets. We are also offering unique configuration templates which enable you to configure the storage per type of application workload, reducing your operation cost even when your data and applications landscape is evolving.

Securing your Data efficiently

As I said previously, security is paramount and mandatory  especially in a Cloud multi-tenant environments. And it is why we took a particular attention to equip the FS1 with the capability to be split into dedicated domains. Adding also the support of T10 Protection Information, which prevents from silent data corruption.

If you are in Paris, on November 5th, I invite you to join us for a special event around the FS1 announcement, where you will be able to meet customers who participated in our Beta Program.

vendredi oct. 03, 2014

#OOW14 Real-Time, Always-On, At Scale, Secure

John Fowler, in the last #OOW14 Key Notes, tackled the challenges that we were facing to enable the Business to continuously evolve, and as such create the Real-Time Enterprise. Complexity is everywhere, and the complexity will continue to grow: more things connected, in real-time, more risk exposure, and you could go on and on. That's a fact.What we need to avoid is complication, and look into simplification. But to get there, devils are in the details. And Oracle has a unique advantage to address those details: owning all the components of the stack makes the difference. Why ? Because we can understand the behavior of a specific Business workload and the associated impact at all the layers of the stack. Doing so, we can do things differently to attack the problem, and it is what we do, starting at system level... as this the baseline on which you lay down all your Business applications, and build your Clouds (Private or Public).


To get real-time, inline with the continuous Data explosion, you need to remove all bottlenecks, starting at I/O level. That's why, without breaking any software compatibility, we did rewrite our Oracle Database and engineered a specialized storage to be able to execute part of the queries directly inside (Exadata), and did the same for your applications running Java (Exalogic). We are the only one provider able to provide to you the best value per transaction to run your Oracle Database. But we don't stop there. As we all know that the fastest storage, is neither disk or flash but DRAM. That's why we developed our Oracle Database 12c in-memory option, and associated highly scalable systems (SuperCluster, M6-32) to enable you to simplify drastically not only your datacenter assets footprint, but also your Data Life Cycle management. No more needs to create multiple copies of your data, one for OLTP, one for Datawarehouse, you can now do all in-one. We are pushing the limits even further with the introduction of the M7 at Hot Chip this year, where we are putting directly in the chip specific Database Acceleration.


Business is running 24h/7d, so can't afford any disruption of his applications. It is becoming critical to architect for no-downtime. Not only for unplanned outages but also for maintenance and patching. That's why we invest in details like OS, and capabilities to do live patching without any OS restart required. That's why controlling all the stack and being able to provide a complete validated bundled patch for all components is a key asset to be "Always-on".


To  handle large Cloud, shared infrastructure and more and more Data, you need to plan for scale, avoiding complication and looking at simplification. That's why we are building large capacity systems with a linear cost model, to enable you to invest in a simplify accessible model. At Oracle the cost per unit of work is the same for a single T5-2 server or an M6-32. Of course an M6-32 is equivalent to many, many T5-2... but with potentially only one OS to manage (and patch), and massive amount of memory to transform your Enterprise into a real-time Enterprise. And we are not only doing that for servers, but also for storage, where we put massive amount of DRAM and cleaver algorithms being in ZS3 (NAS) of FS1 (SAN) to leverage the hardware for the highest performances at the lowest possible cost. At the end, Oracle Engineered Systems are the bargain of IT systems today. You could run your application today x2 faster with a fraction of what you have today, thanks to unique software improvement bundled in hardware. Not only saving in infrastructure and datacenter footprint but also in operations. This is one of the aspect that was reflected in the testimony of Bill Callahan - Director, Products and Technology, CCC Information Services, during his session on  Maximum Availability Architecture with Oracle Engineered Systems. And we continue to invest to push it further with a single management tool, through EM 12c. We are also adopting Openstack at all levels including path integration up to the Database and Java to enable you to deploy DBaaS and Java as a Service through a light weight method.


Everything being connected, running on shared (Cloud) infrastructure, security at every level is a paramount and mandatory. That's why we are providing secure multi-tenant consolidation mechanism embedded in our OS, virtualization layers, servers and storage. With continuous enhancement up to a built-in new Software in Silicon feature that will be available in the M7: Application Data Integrity, which prevent malicious access to memory. An M7 is for example automatically protected against attacks like heartbleed. If you want to have a test of it and run your code on M7, it is already available today in the Cloud, go to:

What's Next

At Oracle, this is the Oracle engineering (Systems & Software) which is operating Oracle Cloud. We learn a lot from this experience. That's why for example we are developing Dynamically Optimized Database Storage and Detailed Cloud Scale Analytics. Dynamically Optimized Database Storage will integrate analytic for highest observability instantly knowing coherence between storage and Database in a multi-tenant environment. Detailed Cloud Scale Analytics will be based on a distributed real time store that captures performance information from your landscape, from your hardware, up to Database, Middleware and Applications, and will provide a unified view to find multi-tier issues.

In summary, further than Software Define Datacenter, we are working on enabling Future Datacenter engineered to run Software, and as such your Business, at scale.

jeudi oct. 02, 2014

#OOW14 Digital & SMAC: Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud

Tuesday at #OOW14 was again a day with new major announcements made by Thomas Kurian and demonstrated on stage by Larry Ellison around SMAC, which, as was saying Intel's CIO, will make everything smart and connected, and be a massive shift. And this will drive the Digital transformation.

Digital  Transformation

Dr. Didier Bonnet from Capgemini started the day with a very interesting introduction on Digital transformation and what needs to be done to really turn this investment into a true advantage. A true advantage that can be up to +26% of profitability for digital savvy leaders, according to a Capgemini study.

The 4 points to keep in mind being:

  1. Have a vision: identify strategic assets,create a transformating vision, define a clear intent and outcome and keep evolving
  2. Engage: wire with your customers/employees, drive adoption, and scale
  3. Provide governance: avoid duplication, put coherence into the program, prioritize, enable
  4. Have a Technology leadership: to enable the transforming experience leading to transforming operation and business model

Supporting this Digital Transformation guideline, you can understand "how", the SMAC (Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud) resonate, and drive the alignment of the Technology leadership enablers.

SMAC and Digital Transformation

Analytic plays a key role in providing insight at every stage. To get there, everybody is looking into creating Data Lake / Data Reservoir, but the question is: "how do you scan your data sources (structured / unstructured) being in Hadoop, NoSQL, or relational Databases and make them available to Business analysts as an information for knowledgeable insights efficiently ?" That's why we have developed and announced Big Data SQL, Big Data Discovery and Big Data Analytics, running on Oracle Engineered Systems (Big Data Appliance, Exadata, and Exalytics), and available on-premises or in Oracle Cloud as a Service.

In few words, Big Data SQL is a way to query all your Data in one single SQL statement from multiple sources, and very efficiently, as we did for Hadoop, what we did for Exadata: decompose the query to process it at the hadoop node level and return only the result to the database for aggregation. This lead to very rapidly scan your Oracle Database, your NoSQL and your Hadoop, and create the illusion that all the data is in one place. But this is only one piece of the puzzle, the other piece is to provide simple tools for non Data scientists to do discovery, for prediction and correlation in Hadoop, the visual face of hadoop with Big Data Discovery and at the Business Intelligence level with Big Data Analytics. Big Data Analytics is also a set of tools which help you explore data in your Databases and Hadoop, very fast thanks to in-memory and easily thanks to a simple user interface.

This other aspect of Digital, is of course Mobility. Here also major announcements were made around mobile, where we will provide a mobile applications development framework that help you to create application that can run anyware, on iOS, Android, mobiles and tablettes, as well as your usual desktop. Write-once, run anywhere. All supported with a mobile cloud service to provide APIs, shape, persitence and analytics around your devices... adding mobile security identity management and secure (corporate) applications container. All in all  true enabler for not only your mobiles & BOYD strategy but also for IoT (Internet of Things).

Last but not least, we also announced yesterday, Documents sharing & Social Network services in the Cloud... As you can see all the Technology leadership to shape your Digital Transformation.

mercredi oct. 01, 2014

#OOW14 IT Transformation: CIOs value of the Cloud

Yesterday, #OOW14 Mark Hurd's CIO panel was focus on real customers transformation through the Cloud (being public or private).

Here are the few quotes I capturedon CIO's motivation for this transformation:

Walgreens: "We don't want to be on the business of integrating things. So the much we move into the cloud, the better."

P&G: "[It is] more about a solution toward a business case and engineered together rather than technology pieces."

Dunnhumby: "Scientists are very good, but you need technology platform to amplify and be able to deliver at scale."

Intel: "Business thinks we [IT] move too slow. We need Oracle to keep innovating whether it is Engineered Systems or Cloud."

All of those statement were even more true to me, when one of my customer head of production told me, that Oracle Engineered Systems were transforming the way he used to think of his Enterprise Architecture. This integrated approach being the enabler for an Enterprise Architecture building block [in a box], matching a business requirement with much more efficiency than assembling discrete pieces. And that he needed to have enough flexibility to satisfy his business either in private mode or in public, bringing the compatibility model as a critical success factor of hybrid Cloud.

That's why, today's announcement and demonstration made by both Thomas Kurian and Larry Ellison, on a truly easy migration path from existing Oracle Database and Oracle Applications to Oracle Cloud, and reverse was very compelling in addressing IT transformation at scale.

lundi sept. 29, 2014

#OOW14 kick-off: Cloud, Big Data & Innovation

Many announcements were made today by Larry Ellison during his kick-off session of Oracle Open World. As an introduction to his key notes, Renée J. James, Intel President came to share Intel vision and co-development we are doing together.

Intel vision relies on 3 pillars:  (Big) Data, Cloud and Security.


It came to no surprise, that the goal we are sharing with Intel is to provide mining full insights from the flow of Data. To illustrate what we are delivering already today in this space, Intel provided two customers cases study, both leveraging the power of Exadata technology, moving IT into the core business, and no more as a pure support function. And Balaji Yelamanchili, Senior Vice President, Product Development, Oracle Business Analytics, came to explain the join worked we did with Intel to design a workload optimized platform, leveraged by Exalytics. Oracle new x86 servers X4-4 (used in Exalytics) and X4-8 are the first and only systems based on the Intel Processor E7-8895 v2. In conjunction with specialized Oracle Software, those systems provide unique capabilities that allow customers to dynamically address different workloads in real time. In the case of Exalytics, this means multiple cores to run parallel highly transactional workloads and fewer fastest cores to run batch processes.


The other major element for IT to be a business enabler rely on his flexibility, and a Cloud architecture is a key enabler to provide this flexibility. Private Clouds are growing faster than public Cloud, due to compliance, security and SLA ("where your workloads work best"). The good news is that by applying a proper design pattern, Intel's experience shows that private cloud remain competitive with public cloud over time.


Of course, in this virtual world, security is paramount and even more complex to achieve where virtual machine are talking through virtual networks and moving around from servers to servers, putting a real challenge on firewall rules to follow... That's why Intel moved his Next Generation Firewall into Oracle VM insuring security intrusion protection at the VM level and securing firewall rules when VM are moving around. Again, another example of collaboration between Intel and Oracle to enable a true secure virtual architecture, one of the key elements of  flexible cloud architectures.

Following Renée J. James, Larry Ellison set the agenda on Software as a Service, Platform as a Service, Infrastructure as a Service, enable by innovation from Engineereed Systems, Servers, Storage to silicon.

SaaS: lot's of more enterprise SaaS applications

With a clear build and buy strategy, we are unique on the market by offering a full range of Cloud applications covering all 3 suites: Customer Experience, Human Capital Management, and Enterprise Resource Planing.  We keep on extend our capabilities to better answer to our customers needs, with the recent acquisition of Bluekai, delivering Data as a Service for a better customer experience, or by developing engineered sales campaign to help sales forces sales more.

Oracle Cloud Platform: easy to move existing application to the cloud

The foundation of our Platform as a Service is based on Oracle Database Cloud Service and Weblogic Java Cloud Service.
Anything build on top of our cloud platform will be: multi-tenant, social, mobile, in-memory high speed analytic, secured.

Those foundations are the same that we used to build our applications. This is the same standard that we provide to extend our SaaS applications through this platform, and that are currently in used by other cloud providers to build their own SaaS applications. Standard are still important, as security and reliability.

One major announcement made today by Larry Ellision was to stick on our promise of upward compatibility of Oracle database: from mainframe to client-server, from client-server to internet thin client, and now from internet thin client to the Cloud. Move to cloud - move back : no change to code !

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure:  secure, reliable, lowest cost

Our goal is to be competitive in this space, with currently more than 30000 servers and 400PB of storage already in used by our customers.

Innovation from Engineereed Systems, Servers, Storage to silicon

As we all agree that the world will be hybrid, between public and private clouds, we are keeping the innovation at the systems level not only for our own Cloud, but also to enable our customers IT transformation.

With our Engineered Systems, we are leveraging the uniform configuration approach which benefits our customers in all the 3 phases of Design, Build and Run. This seems obvious for the Design and Build phase as we are taking care of this at Oracle. For the Run, thanks to the uniform configuration, when a bug is find and fixed, it is fixed for all our customers. One of the latest in the Oracle Engineered Systems family is Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance, which provides an highly reliable compute and storage appliance, including network virtualization for the lowest possible price. 2 announcements were made today on the Engineered Systems family: the Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance, which secures all Oracle Databases from 10, 11g and 12c, thanks to real-time redo transport, and the arrival of Oracle Database 12c in-memory inside Exalytics for even faster in-memory analytics.

Larry Ellison also announced the arrival of a full SAN array from Oracle with massive scale-out capability and unmatched performances in this area: Oracle FS1 Flash Storage System. This storage is engineered to get the best out of a combination of Flash and disks for the lowest price and highest performance for a given SLA.

To close his key notes, Larry answered to one question of Intel President on: "why Oracle was doing the M7 ?". Of course for performance, but also for security, security and security. As security is becoming the most critical topic, especially on flexible, shared, Cloud infrastructures. On the performance side, M7 microprocessor Software in Silicon is bringing Database acceleration inside the silicon with features like inline decompression engine at memory speed. On the security side, we will deliver with M7, hardware based memory protection. This will stop malicious programs from accessing other application memory, which will result in more secure and higher available application... and as a nice side effect, greatly speeds software development, thanks to easier code debugging enabling a direct root cause analysis of error in memory corruption.

Stay tuned for what's coming in the next days of Oracle Open World 2014... 

lundi sept. 15, 2014

Preparing your agenda to get the most of #OOW 2014

Oracle Open World will start in 2 weeks. If you have the opportunity to be there, this is a unique time in the year for Oracle community (customers, partners, experts, ISVs, OEM, User Groups...) to get together and share their experiences in all industries, as well as getting the latest news on Oracle strategic direction. To get the most out of Open World it is important to invest some time in preparing your agenda.

As each year, you will have to navigate between a portfolio of more than 2000+ sessions, from Industries, Cloud, Mobile, Social, Big Data, up to Systems and Technologies. Depending on your current projects and interest, have a look in the "focus on documents" as a starting point, and don't miss the Executive Key Notes to get a view on where Oracle and the industry in general is going.

You will find hereafter a small selection covering Oracle strategy and roadmaps as well as customers return on experience.

Oracle Strategy and Roadmaps

Sunday 28/09
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm Opening Keynote - Moscone North - Hall D - Larry Ellison - Chief Executive Officer, Oracle
Monday 29/09
  • 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM Oracle Keynote - The Business Value of the Cloud - Moscone North, Hall D - Mark Hurd - Executive Vice President, Oracle

  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM General Session: Infrastructure Transformation Made Easy with Oracle Systems - Oracle Plaza @ Howard Street Theater - Keith Lippiatt - Managing Director, Accenture; Kerry Osborne; Ganesh Ramamurthy - VP, Oracle; John Fowler - Executive Vice President, Oracle; Juan Loaiza - Senior Vice President, Oracle;

  • 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM General Session: SPARC Server Strategy and Roadmap - Intercontinental - Grand Ballroom B Masood Heydari - SVP SPARC Systems, Oracle;

  • 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM Oracle Exalogic Roadmap: Hardware, Software, and Platform News - Moscone South - 270 - Brad Cameron, VP Development, Oracle

  • 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM Oracle Software in Silicon Technical Deep Dive - Intercontinental - Grand Ballroom B Rick Hetherington VP, Hardware Development

  • 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM Oracle Exadata: What’s New and What’s Coming - Moscone South - 103 - Juan Loaiza - Senior Vice President, Oracle

  • 5:15pm - 6:00pm - Oracle Big Data Appliance: Deep Dive and Roadmap for Customers and Partners - Jean-Pierre Dijck - Senior Principal Product Manager, Big Data - Moscone South - 104
Tuesday 30/09
  • 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM - Oracle Key Notes - Cloud Services for the Modern Enterprise - Moscone North - Hall D - Thomas Kurian, Executive VP Product Development, Oracle
  • 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM  General Session: Oracle Solaris Strategy, Engineering Insights, and Roadmap
    Intercontinental - Grand Ballroom B - Robert Milkowski - Unix Engineer, VP, Morgan Stanley; Markus Flierl - Vice President, Oracle;

  • 1:30 PM - 3:15 PM Oracle OpenWorld Tuesday Afternoon Keynote - Moscone North - Hall D - Larry Ellison

  • 3:45 PM - 4:30 PM Oracle Big Data SQL: Deep Dive (SQL over Relational, NoSQL, and Hadoop) - Moscone South 103

  • 3:45 PM - 4:30 PM Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance: Deployment Best Practices - Moscone South 305 -

  • 5:00 PM - 5:45PM - Oracle SuperCluster Technical Deep Dive - Allan Packer Senior Principal Software Engineer  - Intercontinental - Grand Ballroom B

Wednesday 1/10

  • 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM The Real-Time Enterprise - Moscone North - Hall D - John Fowler - Executive Vice President, Oracle;

  • 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM What’s New with Oracle VM Server for x86 and SPARC: A Technical Deep Dive - Intercontinental - Union Square - John Falkenthal - Sr. Director Oracle VM, Oracle; Honglin Su - Director of Product Management, Oracle;

  • 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM Virtual Compute Appliance: Product Roadmap and Cloud Implementations - Intercontinental - Grand Ballroom B- Premal Savla, Director Product Management, Oracle

  • 11:30 AM - 12:15 AM Run OpenStack Cloud on SPARC “Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure" - Moscone South - 305 -

  • 12:45 AM - 1:30 PM OpenStack and Oracle Solaris: Engineered for the Cloud - Intercontinental - Grand Ballroom A  -

  • 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine: The Fast Path to In-Memory Analytics - Moscone West - 3014 - Gabby Rubin - Sr. Director, Product Management, Oracle
  • 4:45 PM - 5:30 PM  Building a Scalable Private Cloud with Oracle Exalogic, Nimbula, and OpenStack - Moscone South - 304- 
Customers Cases Study

Sunday 28/09
  • 2:30pm - 3:45pm - Think Exa! - Enkitec - Moscone South - 310

  • 3:30 pm - 4:15pm Oracle Exadata/Oracle Exalytics Integration for Fast Analytics and an Optimized Data Warehouses - Apps Associates Pvt Ltd - Moscone South - 303 -
    Monday 29/09
    • 1:30pm - 2:15pm Case Study: Delivering DBaaS for End User Customers on Oracle SuperCluster - Dimension Data - Moscone South - 305

    • 5:15pm - 6:00pm  Why Database as a Service Will Be a Breakaway Technology at Société Générale - Moscone South - 301- Christian Bilien, Global Head of the Data Base teams, SOCIETE GENERALE

    Tuesday 30/09

    • 12:00pm - 12:45pm Top Five Database Features DBAs and Storage Admins Should Know About Storage - Loyalty Newzeland - Intercontinental - Intercontinental C

    • 3:45pm - 4:30pm Oracle Exadata Migrations: Lessons Learned from Retail - Moscone South - 310 Svetoslav Gyurov - Principal Consultant, e-DBA; jason arneil - Exadata Consultant, e-dba Limited;

    Wednesday 1/10

    • 10:15am - 11:00am Deployment of Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic Increases Business Efficiency - "Gemological Institute of America, Inc.", Tata Consultancy Services Ltd - Moscone South - 310

    • 12:45pm - 1:30pm Best Practices for Deploying Oracle Software on Virtual Compute Appliance - Secure 24 - Intercontinental - Grand Ballroom B

    • 2:00pm - 2:45pm Simplify Your Data Center with Huge Database Consolidation on Oracle SuperCluster - Energy transfer, Intercontinental - Grand Ballroom B

    • 2:00PM - 2:45PM Oracle Database via Direct NFS Client: Learn Why It’s in Your Future - Loyalty Newzeland - Intercontinental - Intercontinental C

    • 3:30pm - 4:15pm Best Practices for Real-Time Transactions for Mobile on Oracle SuperCluster - KDDI - Intercontinental - Telegraph Hill

    • 4:45pm - 5:30pm - Enterprise Virtualization with Virtual Compute Appliance X4-2 - BIAS Corporation - Intercontinental - Grand Ballroom B

    • 4:45pm - 5:30pm - The Dynamic Duo: How Oracle Big Data Appliance and Oracle Exadata Deliver Analytics - Regions Bank - Moscone South - 303
    Thursday 2/10
    • 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM Real-World Oracle Maximum Availability Architecture with Oracle Engineered Systems - Exadata, Exalogic, ZFS Backup Appliance - Intercontinental - Grand Ballroom B - CCC Information Services;

    • 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM Deliver Oracle Database Cloud: Oracle Database 12c Multitenant on Oracle SuperCluster - HDFC Bank Moscone South - 308

    • 12:00pm - 12:45pm Customer Case Study: SPARC Server Consolidation on T5 Servers Vodafone Hungary - Intercontinental - Grand Ballroom C

    • 2:30PM - 3:15PM Odyssey of DBaaS: A UBS Story - Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c & Oracle Database Appliance - UBS - Moscone South - 301
    And to go further on Oracle Systems tracks, here are the specific focus-on to look at:
    Welcome to Open World 2014 !

    vendredi mai 09, 2014

    Deploy and operate your Business Applications quickly and securely

    Last week, we announced the upcoming release of Solaris 11.2. Even if this is a minor release, it contains major features that enable strong benefits for IT operations toward Business requirements that I am hearing everyday: "time-to-market", pay for what you use, security, simplified operations. Yes, OS are not a commodity and are a corner piece bringing either a lot's of value or a lot's of pain (depending on which one you rely on). At Oracle we are putting a large part of our R&D effort to hide the complexity and bring strong value through Solaris toward your infrastructure and applications management: Solaris acting as the glue between your hardware execution layer and your applications. 

    Time-to-market: Centralized Cloud Management, Fast and Agile Application Provisioning

    Cloud brings a lot's of promise and as such all Businesses are strongly looking at Clouds optimization, targeting "Time-to-market" (agility) and pay for what you use.

    Source: TwinStrata

    On the other side, either for the Cloud Service Providers or your internal IT operations, there is a lot's of work to do to make it happen in a standard, repeatable, secured and scalable model. To achieve this, one emerging standard embrace by the major IT players, including Oracle, is OpenStack. Still, discussing with many System Integrators who are starting to leverage it, OpenStack requires a lot's of work to make it right and maintain it, as it is in an constant evolution path. What we did in Solaris 11.2, was to benefit from strong proven features already in place, to build the foundation of the OpenStack framework, and get it ready and engineered to be delivered quickly and reliably.

    This is a key milestone to provide Cloud Service Providers and internal IT the foundation layer required to achieve the expected "Time-to-Market" of your Cloud infrastructure. The nice thing about it, is that it is not only the management point of your Solaris environments, but of all your OpenStack compliant systems.

    Pay for what you use: Independent and Isolated Environments... compliant with licensing boundaries

    The next step once the service is deployed is to provide the required boundaries to "pay for what you use", not only from a pure hardware perspective, but also from a software licensing model. We already benefit from this capability, since Solaris 10, with the Solaris Zones virtualization technology. In Solaris 11.2, this has been enhanced to simplify the allocation of  resources at cpus, cores and sockets level, matching your software licenses requirements.

    Security: Reduce Risk with Comprehensive Compliance Checking and Reporting

    In a Cloud environment, where resources are shared, you need to insure very strong security mechanism between tenants. Thanks to built-in security, inside Solaris, we were already able to provide those mechanisms. In Solaris 11.2, we bring it  a step further, being able to provide compliance checking and reporting of the configuration, like PCI/DSS required in Card Banking industry.

    This provide to Cloud Providers and Cloud Consumers a reliable, secured platform to build upon, simplifying complex configurations and associated audits processes.

    Simplified operation: Enhancing OpenStack with Live Reconfiguration

    Once you get your application on time, paying for what you use in a secured environment, you may think you are done. Are you ? Of course not ! What about application upgrade, platform patching, all the life cycle management of both your application and the Cloud platform you are relying on ? This is a well known challenge of consolidation projects, where the more tenants you put on a platform, the more complex is it to find a proper maintenance windows.

    At the Solaris 11.2 platform level, you can now :

    1. dynamically reconfigure Oracle Solaris Zones without requiring a reboot, helping to eliminate system downtime,
    2. manage Solaris Zones patching independently, helping you apply your system and/or applications patches at your own pace

    To go further in understanding the multiple values Solaris 11.2 platform can bring to your Business, I invite you to join us in Paris, on May 22nd, for a Solaris Tech Day. You will have the opportunity to exchange with Chris Arms, VP of Engineering, ISVs and customers using it today.

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    mercredi févr. 26, 2014

    Mobile World Congress in Barcelona: IoT, connected Cars…. and boats

    I was wondering when I entered in the Exhibitors Halls, if I was really at the mobile world congress or at a World Wide Automotive Show. Nearly every booth has a car to demonstrate a mobile phone on wheels… But for Oracle: we do have a boat! We demonstrate how the usage of the 300 sensors embedded in the America’s Cup sailing boat, can drive real-time human decisions. Of course, this is one of the many use cases we do have. I won’t go through the entire list from communications, connected cars to smart grids, analytic and Cloud enable mobile applications. I will rather focus on a rather interesting embedded topic as the trend around IoT (Internet of Things) is huge.

    I already touch on this during my last OOW blog. As we are in a (very) small world (i.e. the device can be very small), the BOM (bill of material) needs to be at the right price, the right energy consumption and provide a very long life cycle: you don’t want your car to break after one year, or to face complex upgrades every 6 months and be connected (physically) with your repair shop too often. That’s where Java comes into play, because it provides the right footprint, management and life cycle. The new thing we are showing today is Java TEE (Trusted Execution Environment) integrated in hardware. This brings security inside the device by providing a secure store for your keys. As security is a major concern in IoT, especially for large industrial projects like connected Cars, Smart Grid, Smart Energy or even Healthcare. You don’t want your devices to be temper, either for 1) safety reason or 2) frauds. And Java is very good in all IoT uses cases, even for stronger security requirement, that for example, Gemalto is implementing with it.

    To help you get there, Gemalto's Cinterion concept board enables you to quickly prototype your embedded devices and connect them securely (even your dart board)...

    On the other side of those devices, you have you!…. That needs to make enrich decisions… That’s where data (and analytics) comes into play. And for this part, I invite you to join us in Paris, on March 19th on a special event around Data Challenges for Business. Ganesh Ramamurthy, Oracle VP Software Development in our Engineering System group will be with us to explain what Oracle Systems brings to manage and analyze all your Data. He will be with Cofely Services - GDF Suez, Bouygues Telecom and Centre Hospitalier de Douai, who will share their experiences.


    Eric Bezille-Oracle


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