Thursday Apr 07, 2016

Oracle Cloud Machine: Oracle Cloud At Your Datacenter

Over the last few years there has been a flood of marketing around the explosion of data, and the resulting growth of cloud based services. In fact, industry analyst Gartner indicates that the worldwide public cloud services market will reach $204 Billion in 2016. However, there are sub-segments of the market that have been under served by cloud services, and many workloads that are primed for migration to the cloud remain on-premise. Did you know that 75% of enterprise workloads still remain on-premise? According to an IDC survey, “A View of the Cloud Market: Segmenting Cloud Buyers”, 18% of companies were using cloud services for 1-2 small production workloads, and another 20% were still in the planning phase of deployment. In addition to the challenges and complexity of migrating deep rooted enterprise workloads, many firms have hard concerns surrounding the security of these mission critical workloads when residing in public cloud. For this reason, Oracle recently announced the Oracle Cloud Machine, a new and disruptive solution for customers looking for the business agility and efficiency of cloud services, but who prefer the security and control of their own data centers.

The Oracle Cloud Machine is an integrated solution consisting of Oracle hardware and cloud (PaaS) software that is delivered to a customer’s site for deployment. As we mentioned above, there are sub-segments of the market that are underserved by cloud solutions. One such segment consists of large numbers of enterprises that are unable to leverage the benefits of a public cloud due to business and regulatory requirements, and instead require that their workloads run behind their firewall. These customers often fall into the Health Care and Finance verticals, but can also include entities whose business is tied to government programs.

Figure-1: Oracle Cloud at Customer Portfolio

Oracle’s Cloud Machine delivers Oracle’s public cloud PaaS and IaaS capabilities behind your firewall, giving you a choice of where you run your workloads, and enabling workload portability across public cloud and on-premise deployments. This enables customers to benefit from cloud innovation in their own datacenters, and enables developers with the ability to rapidly build, test and deploy applications. OCM is made available via subscription based pricing, and is managed by Oracle, giving you unprecedented choice and single vendor accountability across public cloud and on premises. Some of the key customer benefits are as follows –

  1. Oracle Cloud operated and delivered as a service behind your firewall
  2. Same PaaS and IaaS software, and the same updates as Oracle Cloud
  3. Same cost-effective subscription pricing model as Oracle Cloud
  4. Address regulatory, privacy, legal, and business requirements
  5. Keep control over business-critical systems. Use your own firewalls, load balancers, hardware VPNs, etc

Whether a customer is looking to initiate a hybrid cloud model, or they already have a portion of their workloads off-premise, the Oracle Cloud Machine offers a unique solution that ensures compatibility for your on-prem and cloud deployments of Oracle database, software and applications.

Figure-2: Oracle Cloud Machine Initial Offering

In summary, when engaging with customers some of the primary challenges they face in enabling a cloud environment are regulatory compliance, database sprawl, latency and performance concerns coupled with internal pressures to keep pace with the competition and reduce IT costs. Many customers were investigating a cloud enablement but became frustrated with the lack of compatibility between their on-prem platform and the cloud platform they were considering. For more information please visit us at this site, and see how customers like IT consulting firm Cognizant leverage the Oracle Cloud Machine internally and externally to improve their daily business performance.

Figure-3: Customer Challenges & The Oracle Cloud Machine Value Proposition

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     •Oracle Database Cloud 30 Days Trial - http://www.oracle.com/webfolder/technetwork/tutorials/infographics/dbcs_trial_quickview/index.html
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Wednesday Mar 23, 2016

Oracle Database Solutions: Proven Market Leadership

        In a non-sponsored survey conducted by IT Brand Pulse titled, “IT Pros Vote 2016 Server & Database Brand Leaders” finds Oracle to be leading in the SQL Database market segment.  IT Brand Pulse, a trusted source for research, data and analysis about data center infrastructure conducted the survey with the intent to measure the pulse of brand leadership in specific product categories. Within each product category, respondents choose the overall market leader, as well as the leader in price, performance, reliability, service and support, and innovation.  From the survey, Oracle is voted as market leader in key database segments for:
•    SQL Database
•    Performance
•    Reliability
•    Service and Support
•    Innovation

For In-Memory database, Oracle leads in nearly all categories including: Market Leader, Performance, Reliability, Service and Support and Innovation

Figure-1: IT Pros Vote 2016 Server & Database Brand Leaders


         In-Memory databases have been in the market for a few years, so why are they now becoming so important? The answer is that the explosion of data has forced data stores to continue to grow larger and more diverse. In addition to this complexity, so too is the growing demand for greater performing analytics.  In-memory databases enable decision makers to have access to real time analytics, which in turn enable businesses to be more agile and ultimately better equipped to compete in the market.  Oracle’s DBIM solutions provide extreme performance for analytics through in-memory acceleration and are also very cost effective.  The engineering design supports both scale-up and scale-out models that can provide up to 100’s of terabytes of memory and 1000’s of CPU threads.  Lastly, the architectural foundation was designed to be “cloud-ready”, helping ensure that the in-memory database is 100% compatible with Oracle tools, as well as 3rd party solutions.

Figure-2: Oracle DBIM Key Benefits


        The survey also highlights Oracle’s strength in the SQL Database segment, and one such differentiator is security. Oracle has a distinct advantage over the competition in providing security on Oracle databases because security is multilayered and at the same time  built directly into the Oracle database kernel.  Oracle also offers database security solutions that work with non-Oracle databases by virtue of years of working with many of the world’s largest, most complex customer environments.  Let’s take a look at some of the security advantages Oracle provides for SQL Database that go beyond other competitive offerings-


•    Database Activity Monitoring – While some SQL Database solutions rely on secondary software providers to provide this feature, Oracle offers Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall (OAVDF) to proactively monitor Oracle and non-Oracle database traffic to detect and block unauthorized activity
•    Secure Centralized Configuration – Other databases offer fewer capabilities to enable efficient consolidation and centralization of database services. This inability to consolidate efficiently results in database proliferation affecting cost, management effort, and security. Oracle’s centralization, configuration management tools, and architectural flexibility help control database sprawl making it possible to implement and enforce consistent security policies.
•    Privilege and Sensitive Data Discovery – There are some non-Oracle solutions that do not provide tools to locate sensitive data within SQL databases or to identify how privileges are being used. Oracle Enterprise Manager provides discovery of sensitive, high-risk data, as well as policy-based monitoring of privilege usage and reporting on how privileges are actually being used.

        As we discussed throughout this blog, Oracle Database offers a highly proven and differentiated database offering.  As highlighted by IT Brand Pulse, in addition to bringing meaningful innovation through in-memory database solutions, Oracle also focused on customer centric values, and was the leader in reliability, service and support.  With Oracle’s Data Management Cloud Services, Oracle now offers customers the choice to harness the power of Oracle database on-premise, or to leverage cloud services to deploy Oracle database solutions.  For more information on Oracle Database Cloud Services please visit us at - cloud.oracle.com/database

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· Infographic: Oracle Database In-Memory (DBIM)

· Oracle SQL Developer

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Friday Mar 18, 2016

Oracle Data Management Solutions: Leadership From The Data Center To The Cloud

With nearly four decades of data management and analytics innovation, Oracle is off to a strong start for 2016. Industry analyst Gartner has recognized Oracle’s leadership among technology providers offering data management solutions. Gartner evaluates solution providers based on a variety of criteria including performance, customer usability, innovations, vision completeness and pricing. Based on these and other parameters, Gartner has published its latest Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse and Data Management Solutions for Analytics, and it is our opinion that Oracle stood out from the competition by offering a truly unique value proposition to its customers, and the ability to execute on its strategy.

Figure-1: Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse & Data Management Solutions for Analytics