Friday Sep 04, 2015

Coming in September Virtual Technology - Oracle Database Cloud Services

The Oracle Technology Network invites you to register for the new Virtual Technology Summits.

Hear from Oracle ACEs and Oracle Product Experts, as they share their insights and expertise through Hands-on-Labs, highly technical presentations and demos that enable you to master the skills you need to meet today’s IT challenges.

This interactive, online event offers a database track, Develop, Deploy and Manage Database Applications in the Oracle Cloud, with a unique focus on specific tools, technologies, best practices and tips:

Developing, Deploying and Managing Applications in the Oracle Cloud

An overview of the Oracle PaaS announcement and resources you need to get your cloud strategy in play.

Using Oracle SQL Developer and Oracle REST Data Services to enable the Oracle Cloud

This session presents the latest capabilities in Oracle's popular SQL Developer and ORDS tools for database application development and deployment in the cloud.  See how to clone and migrate data between Oracle cloud and on-premise implementations and other powerful techniques for developing applications for the cloud, in the cloud.

Developing APEX 5.0 Applications in the Oracle Cloud

This session will walk through the capabilities for rapidly building and deploying responsive web applications using APEX 5.0 in the Oracle Database Cloud Services

DBaaS in a Private Cloud and Public Cloud with EM12c

This session provides an overview of Oracle Database Cloud Services and the management capabilities of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control. See how to manage Oracle cloud deployment, provisioning, security and application access and monitoring.

It’s all about the Cloud!

Oracle has delivered the most comprehensive and powerful platform for deploying cloud-based applications and services. Join us to see what Oracle offers an in-depth overview of the Oracle Database Cloud Services and the enabling technologies for developing, deploying and managing applications in the Oracle Cloud. 

Tuesday Aug 11, 2015

Oracle Database In-Memory Ease of Use and Instant Analytics Empowers SAP Customers

Oracle recently announced that Oracle Database 12c and Oracle Database In-Memory were now certified and supported by SAP for use with SAP Solutions. Our ongoing collaboration with SAP ensures the latest Oracle Database technology is always available to our joint customers.

The common need for instant analytics is pervasive, whether it’s a business running SAP applications with SAP BusinessObjects or an individual user searching for available tee times or hotel rooms. When we press the <ENTER> or <Search> key, we expect information instantly. With Oracle Database In-Memory, both IT and their end users can access analytics instantly. Below are two use cases illustrating how customers benefit from the speed and ease of adoption of Oracle Database In-Memory

Engineered for Ease of Adoption:

Oracle Database In-Memory is designed with ease of adoption in mind. No application changes or migration of data is required.

Swiss insurance leader, Die Mobiliar, chose the Oracle Database to be the strategic database after a series of mergers and acquisition. Important in the database decision were the impressive performance improvements that Oracle Database In-Memory offered to existing applications and the fact that no changes or fine-tuning were required to achieve these performance benefits. For example, one report that was running in 200 to 300 seconds now runs in just 1 second. The enabler for this is Oracle Database In-Memory’s unique dual-format architecture that allows for fast analytics together with high-performance OLTP. Data is processed at a rate of billions of rows per second rather than millions and allows analytics to run directly in OLTP databases to help provide reports in seconds rather than the traditional days or week’s manual efforts. Read more about Die Mobiliar use of Oracle Database In-Memory.

Designed for Speed & Cost Savings:

Shanghai Customs is a government agency for the General Administration of Customs in China. It oversees the surveillance and control of imports and exports through the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (SHFTZ). Shanghai Customs experienced rapid growth in SHFTZ’s customs activities due to the significant increase in re-export and off-shore trade and the expansion of customs duties and business rules. In response, they have used Oracle Database 12c, Oracle Database In-Memory, and Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database to build a new customs-surveillance and control-information platform that ensures efficient logistics operations and supports future trade growth.

Oracle Database In-Memory’s dual-format architecture enables customers to automatically route OLTP transactions to the traditional row format and OLAP queries to Oracle’s new in-memory column format, expanding memory capacity and improving query performance. This approach helps to eliminate the need to copy analytical data out of the OLTP environment into a data warehouse thereby reducing system complexity and storage costs.

Oracle Times-Ten In-Memory Database further adds to speed and cost savings. By storing transactional and analytical data in Oracle Database 12c and managing this data with Oracle Database In-Memory and Oracle Times-Ten In-Memory Database in the application tier, customers can gain microsecond response times to accelerate data processing and achieve microseconds response times. Read more to see how Shanghai Customs Processes Clearance 43x Faster, Improves Declaration-Services Efficiency and Reduces Costs with Oracle In-Memory Database.

Stay tuned for more examples of customer use cases for Database In-Memory.

Thursday Jul 30, 2015

DX Marketing Selects Oracle Cloud as the Foundation for its Data-Driven Marketing Platform

Oracle Database Cloud Service and Oracle Marketing Cloud help firm reduce time to market by up to 70 percent.

DX Marketing

To build a new environment for its direct marketing solutions in a limited time frame while maximizing ROI for its customers, DX Marketing, one of the country’s most comprehensive data-driven marketing firms, has selected Oracle Database Cloud Service and Oracle Marketing Cloud Service.

Read the release for full details.

Thursday Jul 23, 2015

Oracle Database 12c and Oracle Database In-Memory Certified and Supported by SAP for use with SAP Solutions

Oracle and SAP continue to collaborate to help ensure the latest Oracle Database technologies are available for use by customers using SAP applications.

Oracle announced Oracle Database In-Memory has been certified by SAP for use with SAP® solutions based on the SAP NetWeaver® 7.x technology platform. Customers can use SAP applications together with Oracle Database In-Memory to perform real-time data analytics together with real-time transaction processing on their existing applications, by adding SAP tables into the in-memory column store. This continues the longstanding collaboration between Oracle and SAP to meet the demand from customers to run SAP software together with Oracle technologies. Earlier this year, SAP certified Oracle Database 12c, Oracle Exadata Database Machine X5-2, and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud X5-2 for use with SAP solutions.

Read the news release

Wednesday Jul 15, 2015

Regsiter to attend Oracle Database 12c Customer Forum with Epsilon - July 30th

Join me for an Oracle Database 12c Customer Reference Forum on Thursday, July 30th, 2015 at 10:00 AM Pacific Time to hear Monish Sharma D.Sc., VP of Technology at Epsilon talk about extending innovative solutions across their private database cloud environment by upgrading to Oracle Database 12c.

You'll learn about the solutions they made possible with an upgrade to Oracle Database 12c that helped streamline their IT processes to improve performance and operational efficiency. I'll begin with a brief interview about their Oracle environment and solution with plenty of time for customer questions from our live audience. Please register to attend this 30 minute customer forum today. 

Tuesday Jun 23, 2015

Oracle Database Cloud - Exadata Service

 Exadata Performance.  Cloud Simplicity.

The Oracle Database Cloud - Exadata Service (Exadata Service) delivers the world’s best Cloud Database Platform by combining the world’s #1 database with Exadata, the most powerful database platform, and adding all the simplicity and cost effectiveness of the public cloud.

Customers can now run Oracle databases in the cloud with the same extreme performance and availability experienced by thousands of organizations deploying Exadata on-premises. Oracle databases deployed in the cloud as part of this service include all Oracle Database options and are 100% compatible with those deployed on-premises, ensuring a smooth transition to the cloud, and an efficient hybrid cloud strategy.

Exadata Service

  • Enables fully featured Oracle Databases ( or on Exadata – all Database Options, Enterprise Manager Packs and Exadata performance optimizations available
  • Full compatibility with on-premises Oracle Databases
  • Choose Quarter Rack, Half Rack, or Full Rack, then scale elastically
  • Full administrative root OS and SYSDBA access for you to manage your database
  • Supports OLTP / analytic / mixed workload databases at any scale
  • Enables consolidation, Test/Dev, proof-of-concept, certification, etc.
  • Secured network access; customer databases run in separate VM
  • Backup & recovery to Exadata or Oracle Database Backup Service
  • Server, storage, networking infrastructure managed by Oracle

Learn More

Oracle Database Cloud - Exadata Service Rapid Provisioning  Demo

Data Sheet: Oracle Database Cloud – Exadata Service

Free Trial:  Oracle Database Cloud - Exadata Service

Friday Jun 12, 2015

June 22: Live Webcast – Larry Ellison Unveils New Oracle Cloud Platform Services

Register to watch live as Larry Ellison, Executive Chairman of the Board and Chief Technology Officer, Oracle, unveils new Oracle Cloud Platform services.

PaaS Launch

Discover how you can drive innovation with the leading enterprise Cloud platform:

  • Integrate with next-generation Cloud services.
  • Accelerate application development and deployment.
  • Lead the transformation of your business.

Thursday Jun 04, 2015

Learn How DBaaS Benefits Organizations

Want to improve quality of service?

Watch this on-demand Understanding & Implementing Database as a Service webcast to understand how your organization can benefit!


Monday May 11, 2015

Oracle Public Cloud Webinar Series

Wondering how you are going to transform you IT environment with a database cloud to maximize the benefits of the shared database infrastructure as well as simplified and centralized database management?

Oracle University has an upcoming series of webinars highlighting the most important use cases for running databases and applications in the Oracle Public Cloud. Mark you calendar to join live or watch them later on-demand.

  • June 3, 2015 11am PT: Using Oracle Public Cloud to Host Your Application
  • June 17, 2015 11am PT: Quickly Deploy Your Test/Dev in the Oracle Public Cloud
  • July 1, 2015 10am PT: Backing up your database to the Oracle Public Cloud
  • July 15, 2015 10am PT: Evaluating new Oracle Database 12c Features using the Oracle Public Cloud

To Register, click on the Live Webinars link on Oracle University's Oracle Database Learning Stream site.

Thursday May 07, 2015

Why customers choose Oracle Cloud solutions for PaaS

On April 29th, Oracle Senior Vice President Shawn Price moderated a panel discussion where customers described their experience with Oracle Cloud solutions for SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. The PaaS customer panel included seven global customers from a variety of industries that described use cases for extending SaaS with PaaS, easily moving development and test environments to the cloud, and how to leverage the Internet of Things (IOT) with Big Data and Advanced Analytics. Many described their move to the cloud as the main driver to innovate faster to meet business demands with shrinking IT budgets.

Watch the PaaS Customer Panel to learn how JDSU, mFrontiers, Valdosta State University, Austrialian Financial Group, NetCompany, Surdell and Partners, and Knextech use Oracle Cloud Solutions for PaaS to combine agility, innovation and availability in the cloud.

Monday May 04, 2015

Oracle Database 12c as a JSON Document Store

Today we are enabling developers to build applications in a new way against the Oracle Database: developers can build document-centric applications directly against an Oracle Database.

Popularized by "NoSQL Document Stores", these applications store data as documents (typically encoded as JSON) rather than normalized relational tables, and retrieve and query data using simple API's focused on accessing entire documents rather than relying on SQL. The appeal of a document model is that it is a natural fit for many application developers -- the 'documents' stored in the database closely correspond to objects in the applications, and the API's used to access documents are more natural for application developers than SQL-based API's. The other benefit attributed to a document model is that the document-based applications are 'schema-less'; that is, the developers do not need to keep a database schema synchronized with their application objects, and new attributes and fields can be easily added by the developers without the involvement of a database administrator.

The foundation for this new capability was laid in Oracle Database, which provides supports for storing, indexing and querying JSON documents in the database. But the picture is completed with the release of Oracle REST Data Services 3.0 -- which delivers now document-centric API's for accessing JSON documents.

Oracle Database now provides the same developer experience as NoSQL Document Stores with simple document-centric storage and access methods -- but Oracle does much more:
ACID transactions over JSON documents

  • Full SQL access to JSON documents, providing scalable reporting and analytics for document-store applications as well as simple integration between JSON documents, relational data, and other data types.
  • And, of course, with JSON documents fully embedded in the Oracle Database, document-store applications can also realize all of the benefits of Oracle Database's enterprise-level availability, scalability security, and manageability.

For more information, please see:

Wednesday Apr 22, 2015

REPRIVE: Oracle OpenWorld 2015 Call for Proposals is Open

DEADLINE Extended to 5/6!

Cloud, DBaaS, Big Data, Consolidation, In-Memory, App Development, Upgrades, Coolest Features

Calling all DBAs, Developers, Architects, Database Experts! Conference attendees want to hear it straight from you!

Don’t wait—proposals must be submitted soon!

Thursday Apr 02, 2015

Oracle Database 12c Now Certified By SAP!

With database innovation being at the heart of the real-time enterprise, our partners are recognizing the importance of moving to the latest version of Oracle Database.

All SAP products based on SAP NetWeaver 7.x, including SAP Business Suite 7, are now certified and supported on Oracle Database 12c. SAP customers can now use Oracle Database 12c, Grid Infrastructure 12c, Real Application Clusters 12c, Advanced Compression, Active Data Guard Far Sync, ACFS on Exadata, online Partition capabilities and more. SAP also certified Exadata X5 in January.

“The recent certification of Oracle Database 12c by SAP is a testament to Oracle and SAP's ongoing commitment to our mutual customers,” said Andy Mendelsohn, executive vice president, Database Server Technologies, Oracle.  “Oracle Database 12c features numerous important innovations that help customers fulfill the most demanding online transaction processing (OLTP), data warehousing, and big data requirements and remains the reliable, secure, and high performance choice for SAP customers.”

Industry Analysts Concur


MyPOV - The fact that @SAP certified @Oracle #12c on a practical V1 (usually V2) is a sign of demand and quality of 12c. #DBsMatter



I've been getting pinged about this all day… Evidently SAP ain't waiting for v2 of Oracle 12c DBMS to certify its apps

Learn More

Read more about Oracle Database 12c for SAP and learn why it’s the #1 database of choice for SAP application deployments.

Monday Mar 23, 2015

Oracle Database Innovation Forum FAQ

Just in case you missed it- Watch the Forum On-Demand!

The Oracle Database Innovation Forum that was broadcast on March 18th and is now available on-demand. Once you registered, stay as long as you like or return at your convenience to watch another session or replay one that's really made an impact. The forum, featuring Oracle Database guru Tom Kyte, was followed by Oracle Database Innovation experts and customers sharing best practices and the reasons why they chose Oracle Database 12c. The Forum keynote and following sessions provide a little something for everyone - from DBaaS and Multitenant and private clouds - to Big Data, Database In-Memory and Data Warehousing best practices. Sessions on Database Management and Advanced Security, High Availability, Storage Optimization and even best practices for upgrading to Oracle Database 12c are offered.

Forum FAQ

During the forum, we received so many great questions that I'll share only a few with you here. The questions we get most often concern licensing database options and comparing Enterprise Edition and Standard Edition features and option availability. A great resource to help you  understand the Oracle Database options can be found in this 'family' white paper

Here are three questions we received about Oracle Multitenant:

Q: How does a Multitenant architecture differ from a traditional SQLSERVER instance based architecture?

A: In that Microsoft SQL Server supports multiple "databases" within a single server, while Oracle Multitenant supports multiple Pluggable Databases (PDBs) within a single Container Database (CDB), there is a superficial similarity between the two. There are some important differences, however, Microsoft SQL Server users are defined at server level, so there's imperfect namespace isolation, which makes it less suitable for Database as a Service (DBaaS). SQL Server Databases are difficult to move between servers. By contrast the pluggable portability of Pluggable Databases (PDBs) allows for a great range of flexibility.

Q: We are already using OVM for consolidation - what does Multitenant give us over that?

A: OVM is good for infrastructure consolidation. Multitentant is specifically designed for databsase consolidation - much higher consolidation density, simpler management as you can now manage many databases as one. You could still use MT for further consolidation benefits on top of OVM.

Q: Do you have any guidance regarding capacity/resource sizing of multitenant database?

A: This is highly dependent on the loads being consolidated. The savings are proportional to the numbers of databases consolidated. Rough rules of thumb for minimal savings are about 1.5GB per database and maybe 1/3 core for databases under load. On top of that, you might expect greater savings because of the ability to share "peaks and troughs" in load. In terms of storage, snapshot clones facilitate huge savings in storage and IOPS. Don't forget the operational savings because of the ability to manage many databases as one.

Three questions we received about Oracle Database In-Memory:

Q: How is In-Memory enabled?

A: Database In-Memory is enabled by setting the initialization parameter inmemory_size > 0.

Q: Does Oracle Database 12c using in-memory capabilities by default, or does the DBA need to configure?

A: Oracle Database 12c does not enable Database In-Memory by default. To enable Oracle Database In-Memory the inmemory_size initialization parameter must be set to a value greater than zero. You then need to alter one or more tables, partitions, sub-partitions or materialized veiws to be populated into the IM column store. The Oracle optimizer can then transparently make use of the IM column store.

Q: Does Database In-memory have a hardware dependency like some specific quality of RAM?

A: No, Database In-Memory can run on any hardware platform supported for Oracle Database 12c. You do have to have enough memory to support the In-Memory column store in addition to the other components in the SGA though.

Three questions about Automatic Data Optimization:

Q: Are indexes automatically maintained during the ILM compression (alter table move partition update indexes)?

A: Yes, indexes are automatically maintained when applying a compression policy.

Q: Why not always compress to the highest level that saves I/O?

A: You make the decision based on the type of data. Archive data, that is accessed less frequently, should be compressed at the highest rate. Read more about Oracle Automatic Data Optimization

Q: Is Automatic Data Optimization available on all servers or only on Oracle Exadata?

A: ADO is what can be achieved with a combination of database storage optimization technologies used on any hardware. Of course we optimize engineered systems for the Oracle Database so we think there are some great advantages over commodity hardware infrastructures that you build yourself.

Here's the complete FAQ.

Friday Mar 06, 2015

Tap into Tom Kyte's Expertise at the Oracle Database Innovation Online Forum

As if having Tom Kyte kick off the Oracle Database Innovation Forum online March 18th weren't enough, there are ten additional reasons for you to attend. Oracle Database experts and customers will talk about Database as a Service and Oracle Multitenant in public and private cloud deployments, Big Data, Oracle Database In-Memory and data warehousing best practices, Database Security, High Availability, Storage Optimization and best practices for upgrading and managing Oracle Database 12c.

Tom Kyte will provide a closer look at the innovations and top reasons customers are moving to Oracle Database 12c.  Attend the Oracle Database Innovation Online Forum - March 18.

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