Tuesday May 19, 2015

Deploying a Database Cloud--And the Value of DBaaS Implementations

Hey, Hey DBAs--Do you have a plan for implementing a Database Cloud?

Here's what you need to know:

DBaaS is a cloud model that enables users to request database environments by choosing from a pre-defined service catalog using a self-service provisioning framework.

The key benefits of these database clouds are agility and faster deployment of database services.

Organizations are looking at DBaaS because it can simplify IT infrastructures and automate provisioning processes. So it makes it possible to deliver database functionality to many users and multiple divisions from the same hardware and software infrastructure.  

What's the ideal Oracle DBaaS configuration?

Start with Oracle Database 12c Its multitenant architecture option makes it possible to enable DBaaS as part of a comprehensive cloud strategy. It allows collections of pluggable databases to be easily managed as a single entity, which maximizes consolidation density and simplifies administration.

The next key element:  Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c. It's designed to manage the entire database cloud deployment lifecycle, from planning, testing and deployment to ongoing operations and performance monitoring.

Finally, the exceptional deployment platform for DBaaS:  Oracle Exadata.  A fully integrated and sophisticated engineered system from Oracle that supports multiple deployment models, multiple workloads and multiple service levels from one integrated, optimized platform.

So, start thinking about the Database Cloud, deploying DBaaS and the value it can bring to your environment.

Here are some expert resources to help you come up to speed.

Ciao for Now!
LKR


Thursday Apr 30, 2015

What's Planned for the FREE Virtual Technology Summit on May 5th

The Oracle Technology Network is hosting a phenomenal agenda at the Virtual Technology Summit on May 5, 2015 (9:00 am PT to 12:30 pm PT). You should go. Here's why:

Just wait until you see the presentations we’ve put together for our event. We have a dedicated track on Big Data, where we’ll be showcasing the new Big Data Lite virtual machine. We have exercises designed to help you learn how to use Oracle Big Data SQL, and the Oracle Data Loader for Hadoop + Oracle Connectors for HDFS to get your Big Data implementations rolling.  Plus the team will be showcasing new functionality in the Oracle Advanced Analytics  and Oracle R Enterprise.  It's going to be a Really Big Show. 


And the Developer Track is huge too.  Check out the 2 full tracks covering hot Applications Development topics.  We’ll  cover our traditional database Application development tools like SQL Developer and Application Express…both of which have big announcements…So watch this space for news on that on MONDAY MAY 4th...

And it's not all work. Get ready for some Fun…Fun with Functions that is. Steven Feuerstein makes it so easy to master PL/SQL.  And don’t miss the SQL Magic show hosted by our SQL magician and developer advocate, Chris Saxon… He says Presto and Ta-DAA at least 4 times during his session! 

Did you say FUN?


So here's what I want you to do:

% Register NOW for the Free OTN Virtual Technology Summit. And you can invite as many friends and coworkers as you'd like.  

% Install the Virtual Machine and the scripts so you can follow along on all the exercises.

% Type "See you there!" in the comments below to receive special recognition when you log in to the event.

Ciao for Now!

LKR




Wednesday Dec 31, 2014

Top 5 Oracle Database Tech Releases of 2014

It was a great year for Oracle Technology...with so many great new features and products for Oracle DBAs, Data Scientists and Developers. Here's the Top 5 new technologies that we rolled out, with the resources you need to get started...from your friends here at the OTN Watercooler.

  • Oracle Database 12c 12.1.0.2 -- ...with the long awaited In-Memory option, plus 21 new features. Oracle Database 12c Release 12.1.0.2 supports Linux and Oracle Solaris (SPARC and x86 64 bit). See the full list of features with direct links to docs and resources. 
And if you're ready to start your upgrade journey to Oracle Database 12c, be sure to check out this Upgrade Starter's Guide and follow the Oracle Upgrade NOW blog
    • Oracle Database In-Memory -- Oracle Database In-Memory delivers leading-edge in-memory performance without the need to restrict functionality or accept compromises, complexity and risk. Deploying Oracle Database In-Memory with virtually any existing Oracle Database compatible application is as easy as flipping a switch--no application changes are required. It is fully integrated with Oracle Database's scale-up, scale-out, storage tiering, availability and security technologies making it the most industrial-strength offering in the industry.

      This whitepaper Oracle Database In-Memory gives you more detail about the new option available only in Oracle Database 12c, and if you want to get started, check out this article series:

    • Oracle Key Vault is a software appliance designed to securely manage encryption keys and credential files in the enterprise data center. It provides secure, centralized management of encryption keys and credential files including Oracle wallet files, Java KeyStores, Kerberos keytab files and SSH key files and SSL certification files.  Want to get started?  Here's what you need to know.

    • Oracle Big Data SQL -- Oracle's unique approach to providing unified query over data in Oracle Database, Hadoop, and select NoSQL datastores. Read more about why SQL is becomming the "GoTo" language for Big Data Analysis.

    • Oracle Oracle Zero Loss Recovery Appliance --Launched in October at OOW2014, The Oracle Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance is a terrific addition to the Oracle Engineered Systems Portfolio. With its support for real-time redo transport, the appliance is designed to bring "Data Guard-like",  robust data protection for all the Oracle Databases in the data center. It's a sweet ride... Get the full story here.

      But as with most "Top" lists, there are many more items to include. So Special Mention goes to:

        JSON Support in Oracle 12c -- Oracle Database 12c supports JSON natively with relational database features, including transactions, indexing, declarative querying, and views. You can project JSON data relationally, making it available for relational processes and tools. You can also query, from within the database, JSON data that is stored outside the database, in an external table. Get more information about JSON support in Oracle Database 12c. You can start with the XML DB Developer's Guide.

      • Happy New Year and

        Ciao for Now!

        LKR

      Monday Aug 25, 2014

      Oracle Key Vault Option is Here.

      Finally, a centralized way to manage all the encryption keys and credential files in the data center.   

      Critical credential files such as Oracle wallet files, Java KeyStores, Secure Shell (SSH) key files, and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate files are often widely distributed across servers and server clusters that use error-prone synchronization and backup mechanisms. As organizations increasingly encrypt data at rest and on the network, securely managing all the encryption keys and credential files in the data center has become a major challenge.

      How do you comply with stringent regulatory requirements for managing keys and certificates and ensure that keys are routinely rotated, properly destroyed, and accessed solely by authorized entities?

      Oracle Key Vault  a software appliance designed to securely manage encryption keys and credential files in the enterprise data center. It provides secure, centralized management of encryption keys and credential files in the data center, including Oracle wallet files, Java KeyStores, Kerberos keytab files, SSH key files, and SSL certificate files.

      Want to get started?  Here's what you need to know:

      Q: Where can I download the software for Oracle Key Vault?

      A: Oracle Key Vault can be downloaded from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.

      Go to https://edelivery.oracle.com;

      Select Product Pack: Oracle Key Vault (12.1.0.0.0) Media Pack v1.

      Q: What are the recommended hardware specifications?

      A: CPU: Minimum 2x86-64 cores, Recommended: 2+cores with cryptographic acceleration support (Intel® AES-NI) Memory: Minimum 4 GB of RAM Disk: Minimum 500 GB hard disk.

      Hardware Compatibility: Refer to the hardware compatibility list (HCL) for Oracle Linux Release 5 Update 10. The HCL is available at https://linux.oracle.com/hardware-certifications.

      Q: How does the software appliance install work?

      A: Oracle Key Vault is packaged as a software appliance, which means it contains everything, including the operating system, needed to install the product on bare hardware.

      During installation, the installer completely takes over the hardware. In addition to partitioning and formatting the disks, it installs the base OS, user-space libraries, Oracle Database, Oracle Key Vault software, etc. It configures all of the software (OS, networking, database) automatically and with minimal user involvement. It hardens the operating system, network, database, and more according

      to hardening best practices. It removes unnecessary packages and software and disables unused services and ports.

      Q: Can I deploy the Oracle Key Vault software appliance on Windows or Solaris?

      A: Oracle Key Vault can only be deployed on bare metal. Any existing OS including Windows or Solaris and software will be removed by the install process. Note that this applies only to the Oracle Key Vault appliance and is independent of the OS for the server endpoint.

      Q: Can I run Oracle Key Vault on Oracle Virtual Machine?

      A: For testing or proof of concept purposes, Oracle Key Vault can be run in Oracle VM or Oracle VirtualBox. However, for production deployment, Oracle Key Vault should be installed on dedicated physical hardware; otherwise VM administrators may be able to gain access to underlying keys and secrets stored inside Oracle Key Vault.

      Q: Can I install Oracle Key Vault on Oracle Database Appliance (ODA) or Exadata?

      A: No, at this time Oracle Key Vault is not certified with the Oracle Database Appliance or Exadata. Oracle Key Vault can however be used to manage keys used by ODA or Exadata.

      Find out more on the Oracle Key Vault page on OTN.

      Ciao for Now!

      LKR 

      Thursday Aug 14, 2014

      Did You Say "JSON Support" in Oracle 12.1.0.2?

      Yes, We did.   Here's why:

      JSON is practically a subset of the object literal notation of JavaScript, so it can be used to represent JavaScript object literals. This means JSON can serve as a data-interchange language. Although it was defined in the context of JavaScript, JSON is in fact a language-independent data format. A variety of programming languages can parse and generate JSON data.

      Additionally, JSON can often be used in JavaScript programs without requiring parsing or serializing. It is a text-based way of representing JavaScript object literals, arrays, and scalar data. JSON is easy for software to parse and generate. It is often used for serializing structured data and exchanging it over a network, typically between a server and web applications.

      JSON data has often been stored in NoSQL databases such as Oracle NoSQL Database and Oracle Berkeley DB. These allow for storage and retrieval of data that is not based on any schema, but they do not offer the rigorous consistency models of relational databases. You can get around this by using a relational database in parallel with a NoSQL database, but applications using JSON data stored in the NoSQL database must then ensure data integrity themselves.

      So for these reasons (and maybe a few more) Oracle Database 12c supports JSON natively with relational database features, including transactions, indexing, declarative querying, and views. Oracle Database queries are declarative, so you can join JSON data with relational data. And you can project JSON data relationally, making it available for relational processes and tools. You can also query, from within the database, JSON data that is stored outside the database, in an external table.

      And, it's good to know you can access JSON data stored in the database the same way you access other database data, including using OCI, .NET, and JDBC.

      Get more information about JSON support in Oracle Database 12c. You can start with the XML DB Developer's Guide (I DID!).

      Ciao for Now!

      LKR 

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