By Eric Bezille-Oracle on oct. 27, 2015
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
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 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 http://cloud.oracle.com). 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.