Thursday Mar 13, 2014

Tom Kyte writes about Oracle Database 12c Multitenant Option in Oracle Magazine

In the March issue of Oracle Magazine, Tom Kyte discusses Oracle Database 12c Multitenant option with Patrick Wheeler, Oracle Sr. Director of Product Management.

This exchange between two Oracle Experts explains how Oracle Multitenant option can save customers capital expenses by consolidating more applications per server and reducing operating expenses. 

Companies face enormous pressure to consolidate - to reduce floor space, power costs, and license costs and at the same time to realize the benefits of cloud computing and cloud-based agility, including rapid, low-cost self-service provisioning and delivery of standardized services. Its no longer a question of whether to consolidate but how to consolidate.

Oracle Multitenant is a new option for Oracle Database 12c that provides a multitenant architecture for consolidating databases and simplifying operations in the cloud.

You'll find more articles on Oracle Database 12c written by Tom Kyte in past issues of Oracle Magazine.

Friday Feb 28, 2014

Database as a Service Minnesota Style

This is a great story that's worth repeating of how the University of Minnesota began offering database as a service a few years ago as a way of providing database services to the University’s colleges, departments, and administrative offices.

In typical Minnesota style, the University of Minnesota was way out in front of the DBaaS trend. The school's database sprawl was becoming more difficult to maintain and manage with 215 databases running on 40 servers, and requiring the equivalent of four to five full-time DBAs to manage it all.

The University's IT team decided to consolidate and centralize databases on two Oracle Exadata Database Machines -one for production workloads and the other for testing and development, reducing the number of databases from 215 to 25, and servers from 40 to 8. 

As part of the consolidation initiative, the University began offering DBaaS to support their business applications on campus which included Oracle PeopleSoft for HR, financial management, administration-and Web sites. When new business needs arise at the University, they can satisfy the requirements almost immediately with database as a service, rather than go through a time consuming database acquisition and deployment process one project at a time.

As an early adoptor if DBaaS, the University is evaluating Oracle Database 12c as the potential next step with its multitenant architecture and pluggable databases, making it even easier to offer database services.

Thursday Feb 27, 2014

Oracle Multitenant Infograhpic

Customers are just starting to realize the many benefits that Oracle Multitenant offers.  Take a look at the infographic below to see how Oracle Multitenant dramatically increases consolidation density while allowing for the management of many databases as one---all without having to make application changes.  

What's been your early experience with Oracle Multitenant? 


multitenant

Friday Feb 21, 2014

Automate Database Storage Management and Improve Performance with Oracle Database 12c

Register today to view the webcast and receive your free copy of the IOUG summary report, “Achieving Enterprise Data Performance—2013 Database Growth Survey.”

Thursday Feb 20, 2014

Yahoo upgrades to Oracle Database 12c

Listen to Sudhi Vijayakumar a Senior DBA at Yahoo talk about their upgrade to Oracle Database 12c and plans for new database features like Multitenant databases.

In this podcast you'll hear Sudhi describe the performance the challenges in their existing storage environment and how the Oracle Database 12c and Oracle Direct NFS improved their database performance and doubled the bandwidth to their legacy storage systems. This increased the backup performance of their storage servers without incurring additional storage expenditures, plus it allowed them to cut the time to run batch reports and other jobs by half.


Tuesday Feb 18, 2014

Experience Oracle Database 12c with the Oracle App's Augmented Reality Scanner

Are you curious about how the new game-changing features in Oracle Database 12c work in action?  

Download the Oracle App on your iPhone, open the Oracle App, and select the AR Scanner.  Then point your phone at the image below to see Pluggable Databases, Automatic Data Optimization, and Data Redaction in action!

Tuesday Feb 11, 2014

Oracle Database 12c is Coming to a City Near You

Join us at one of our upcoming Oracle Database events to see firsthand how innovations such as Pluggable Databases and Automatic Data Optimization maximize consolidation and deliver industry leading performance, reliability, and scalability.

Whether you're a DBA, Developer, Enterprise Architect, or CIO, Oracle is offering an event below that will fit your interest including:

  • Oracle Database Innovation Days
  • Oracle Database as a Service Workshops
  • Oracle Database as a Service Roundtables
  • Oracle Days
  • Oracle Cloud Odyssey coming to a Movie Theater near you

Oracle experts will be on hand to provide a comprehensive overview of this new release. Your peers will be there to share perspectives on the impact of Oracle's latest breakthrough.  

Register here: http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/events/database/index.html

Thursday Feb 06, 2014

See How Oracle Multitenant Reduced e-DBA's Hardware Spend by 75%

Last summer we introduced Oracle Database 12c and Oracle Multitenant.  Over the past several months we've shared some impressive benchmarks and reports that detail how pluggable databases allow organizations to rapidly build their own Database as a Service environments that take advantage of:

  • Rapid Provisioning
  • Simple Database Tiering 
  • Managing Many Databases as One 

e-DBA recently deployed Oracle Multitenant for their own Database as a Service environment and the results are nothing short of impressive.  

They have achieved greater agility in standing up new database environments while reducing operational expense and complexity.  In addition, e-DBA has been able to reduce their hardware spend by 75% thanks to Oracle Multitenant's sophisticated consolidation architecture.

What could Oracle Multitenant do for your organization? 

Watch the video to learn more.

Monday Nov 04, 2013

Makes Sure To Learn About Oracle GoldenGate 12c

Whether you use, or are interested in using, Oracle GoldenGate for

  • real-time data integration
  • database upgrades or migrations, or
  • heterogeneous database replication

the recently launched GoldenGate 12c release will certainly proof very interesting for you.

To learn more about it, make sure to attend the upcoming webcast:


In addition, there are several great blog entries over at the Oracle Data Integration blog:

Oracle GoldenGate 12c - Leading Enterprise Replication

Replicating between Cloud and On-Premises using Oracle GoldenGate

Welcome Oracle Data Integration 12c: Simplified, Future-Ready Solutions with Extreme Performance 

Tuesday Oct 22, 2013

Top Questions and Answers for Pluging into Oracle Database as a Service

On Monday, October 21st we hosted an online forum that shared a comprehensive path to help your organization design, deploy, and deliver a Database as a Service cloud.

If you missed the online forum, you can watch it on demand by registering here.

We received numerous questions.  Below are highlights of the most informative:

DBaaS requires a lengthy and careful design efforts. What is the minimum requirements of setting up a scaled-down environment and test it out?

You should have an OEM 12c environment for DBaaS administration and then a target database deployment platform that has the key characteristics of what your production environment will look like. This could be a single server or it could be a small pool of hosts if your production DBaaS will be larger and you want to test a more robust / real world configuration with Zones and Pools or DR capabilities for example.

How does this benefit companies having their own data center?

This allows companies to transform their internal IT to a service delivery model for the database. The benefits to the company are significant cost savings, improved business agility and reduced risk. The benefits to the consumers (internal) of services if much fast provisioning, and response to change in business requirements.

From a deployment perspective, is DBaaS's job solely DBA's job?

The best deployment model enables the DBA (or end-user) to control the entire process. All resources required to deploy the service are pre-provisioned, and there are no external dependencies (on network, storage, sysadmins teams). The service is created either via a self-service portal or by the DBA.

The purpose of self service seems to be that the end user does not rely on the DBA. I just need to give him a template. He decides how much AMM he needs. Why shall I set it one by one. That doesn't seem to be the purpose of self service.

Most customers we have worked with define a standardized service catalog, with a few (2 to 5) different classes of service. For each of these classes, there is a pre-defined deployment template, and the user has the ability to select from some pre-defined service sizes. The administrator only has to create this catalog once. Each user then simply selects from the options offered in the catalog. 

Looking at DBaaS service definition, it seems to be no different from a service definition provided by a well defined DBA team. Why do you attribute it to DBaaS?

There are a couple of perspectives. First, some organizations might already be operating with a high level of standardization and a higher level of maturity from an ITIL or Service Management perspective. Their journey to DBaaS could be shorter and their Service Definition will evolve less but they still might need to add capabilities such as Self Service and Metering/Chargeback. Other organizations are still operating in highly siloed environments with little automation and their formal Service Definition (if they have one) will be a lot less mature today. Therefore their future state DBaaS will look a lot different from their current state, as will their Service Definition.

How database as a service impact or help with "Click to Compute" or deploying "Database in cloud infrastructure"

DBaaS enables Click to Compute. Oracle DBaaS can be implemented using three architecture models: Oracle Multitenant 12c, native consolidation using Oracle Database and consolidation using virtualization in infrastructure cloud. As Deploy session showed, you get higher consolidating density and efficiency using Multitenant and higher isolation using infrastructure cloud. Depending upon your business needs, DBaaS can be implemented using any of these models.

How exactly is the DBaaS different from the traditional db? Storage/OS/DB all together to 'transparently' provide service to applications? Will there be across-databases access by application/user.

Some key differences are: 1) The services run on a shared platform. 2) The services can be rapidly provisioned (< 15 minutes). 3) The services are dynamic and can be relocated, grown, shrunk as needed to meet business needs without disruption and rapidly. 4) The user is able to provision the services directly from a standardized service catalog..

With 24x7x365 databases its difficult to find off peak hrs to do basic admin tasks such as gathering stats, running backups, batch jobs. How does pluggable database handle this and different needs/patching downtime of apps databases might be serving?

You can gather stats in Oracle Multitenant the same way you had been in regular databases. Regarding patching/upgrading, Oracle Multitenant makes patch/upgrade very efficient in that you can pre-provision a new version/patched multitenant db in a different ORACLE_HOME and then unplug a PDB from its CDB and plug it into the newer/patched CDB in seconds. 

Thanks for all the great questions!  If you'd like to learn more and missed the online forum, you can watch it on demand here.

Monday Sep 23, 2013

Larry announces Oracle Database In-Memory Option

Oracle OpenWorld 2013 started yesterday and San Francisco is a buzz with Larry Ellison’s announcement of the Oracle Database In-Memory option.

During last night’s keynote, Larry explained how the Oracle Database In-Memory option dramatically accelerates Analytics, Data Warehousing, Reporting, and OLTP performance by allowing data to be stored in-memory in a columnar format.

Having worked at Oracle for years on query optimization, I've personally seen the excruciating effort that enterprises go to in order to squeeze the most performance out of their systems. A lot of our customers run mission-critical systems on Oracle Databases, so their ability to get answers quickly literally translates into their own competitive advantage. Oracle Database In-Memory is one of the most exciting products I've worked on, because it takes companies to a whole new frontier of data-driven decision-making and competitiveness. And as Larry said, it'll be as simple as flipping a switch. Every application that runs on Oracle Database 12c can automatically and transparently take advantage of the Oracle Database In-Memory option.

If you are lucky enough to be attending Oracle Open World, and want a more detailed explanation of the Oracle Database In-Memory option check the Oracle Database In-Memory—The Next Big Thing Session GEN9312 Presented by Juan Loaiza at 11:45am in Moscone South - room 103. Or stop by the Oracle Database In-Memory demo on the engineered systems showcase in the lower lobby of Moscone North.

For the latest information on the Oracle Database In-Memory option and for an opportunity to watch a replay of the official announcement by Larry, check here.

+Maria Colgan

Tuesday Sep 17, 2013

Focus on Oracle Database 12c Storage Management

Oracle Database 12c Storage Management sessions at this year's Oracle Open World promise to deliver the mother-load of cost savings and performance benefits to your companies bottom line. See for yourself how Oracle Advanced Compression automates both compression and storage tiering with Heat Map and Automatic Storage Optimization features that simplify administration, reduce storage costs and improve performance. You'll meet real customers like Thomson Reuter Corporation, AmerisourceBergen and the Welcome Trust Sanger Institute as they describe their storage optimization best practices. Oracle product experts will be on-hand to answer your specific questions. Don't miss the opportunity to make OOW13 your companies best investment of the year with a focus on Oracle Database 12c Storage Management.

Friday Sep 13, 2013

What is the best approach to database storage management?

Read how IOUG members approach database storage management in the 2013 Database Growth Survey: Achieving Database Performance and you'll understand why Oracle Database 12c Storage Optimization features like Heat Map and Automatic Data Optimization in Oracle Advanced Compression help reduce costs and improve performance while providing a smarter approach to data management and information lifecycle management.


Thursday Aug 29, 2013

Learn From The IOUG at Oracle OpenWorld 2013

As in previous years, Oracle OpenWorld attendees will have the opportunity to not only learn from Oracle product experts and partners, but also directly from customers and actual users of Oracle technology.

For Oracle Database and related technologies, a great venue to do this is the User Group Forums on Sunday, Sept. 22, and very specifically anything organized by the IOUG (Independent Oracle Users Group). Check here for more info.

In addition to those sessions, the IOUG will also have a pavilion, and will organize plenty of other fun activities. More info on IOUG's site.

To talk about this and more, I recently had the pleasure to host IOUG President, and
Oracle ACE Director, Michelle Malcher and we recorded this podcast.

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