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Oracle Autonomous Database at Openworld 2018

OpenWorld 2018—over 2500 sessions with customer and partner speakers from around the world, speaking about how they’ve found success—it’s the event of the year you don’t want to miss. But if you did, we’re providing a quick recap for you about Oracle Autonomous Database right here.

Autonomous Database Keynote

At the OpenWorld keynote, Oracle Executive Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison spoke about his vision for a second-generation cloud that is purpose-built for enterprise—and is more technologically advanced and secure than any other cloud on the market.

While many first-generation clouds are built on technology that’s already decades old, Oracle’s Gen 2 Cloud is built with the technology of today. Its unique architecture and capabilities deliver unmatched security, performance, and cost savings. It's also the technology that’s used to build Oracle Autonomous Database, the industry’s first and only self-driving database.

He debuted a new ad, too. Sit back, relax—and take Oracle Autonomous Database for a spin.

Larry Ellison also talked about new deployment options, including dedicated Exadata Cloud Infrastructure and Cloud at Customer.

Dedicated Exadata

Ellison shared benchmark test results that highlighted the performance gap between Oracle and Amazon.

Database Performance Metrics

Larry Ellison said on stage, “We’re still 80 times faster than Amazon’s data warehouse.”

Autonomous Database Performance Metrics

And Andrew Mendelsohn, executive VP of Oracle Database said, “Oracle Autonomous Database has redefined data management. Our customers see significant advantages in using our cloud database services to take the complexity out of running a business-critical database while delivering unprecedented cost savings, security, and availability.”

Autonomous Database Truly Elastic

Autonomous Database in the Media

During OpenWorld, Monica Kumar, Oracle’s VP of Product Marketing for Database, also gave an interview with John Furrier of CUBEConversation about Autonomous Database. She highlighted how machine learning makes data management smarter in the cloud, and how companies can use that to get more value from their data with Oracle Autonomous Database.

Autonomous Database Customers and Awards

At the Oracle Excellence Awards, we presented awards to an extraordinary set of customers and partners who are using Oracle solutions to accelerate innovation and drive business transformation.

We heard from customers that are using Oracle Autonomous Database to increase agility, lower costs, and reduce IT complexity. These companies used Autonomous Database to speed access to data for business analysts and data scientists, and to take the load off their database administrators. Many of them are focusing on automation to improve their future capabilities.

For a leading oil and gas company, for example, their 24/7 business means that patching is difficult. But a self-patching system like Autonomous Database makes their processes drastically simpler, and they save costs too by not having to pay when they’re not using compute. They told us, “The elasticity is brilliant.”

A large newspaper company in Argentina is using Autonomous Database to improve their access to analytics. They moved to Oracle Autonomous Database so their line of business could control the analytics better, and get faster access to it.

Here was the full lineup of winners: 

Data Warehouse and Big Data Leader of the Year

  • Cheolki Kim of Hyundai Home Shopping
  • Conny Björling of Skanska AB
  • Vicente Alencar Junior of Nextel
  • Benjamin Arnulf of The Hertz Corporation

Cloud Architect of the Year

  • Steven Chang of Kingold Group Co., Ltd
  • Erik Dvergsnes of AkerBP
  • Leonardo Simoes of UHG United Health Group
  • Dave Magnell of Sabre

CDO of the Year

  • V. Kalyana Rama of CONCOR
  • Luis Esteban of CaixaBank
  • Pablo Giudici of AGEA - Grupo Clarin
  • Steve Chamberlin of QMP Health


We’re committed to making Oracle Autonomous Database the best cloud database on the market. So far, we’re succeeding. In the next few weeks, we’ll continue to highlight Oracle Autonomous Database, Autonomous Data Warehouse, and what DBAs should know about our exciting product lineup.

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