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.

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

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.

Tuesday May 21, 2013

Targetbase gets deeper insight and 40x faster query response with Oracle Exadata

This is a great example of the evolution happening in Oracle Data Warehousing environments as customers consolidate databases into a single source of truth for their businesses with Oracle Exadata. Not only was Targetbase able to integrate large volumes of social, retail, and point-of-sale (POS) data, such as Web blogs, to drive richer and more actionable insights for their clients. They enabled real-time analytics scoring and consumer-specific text mining on large volumes of marketing-related data while achieving some great performance gains with up to 40x faster queries. Learn how Oracle Database compression features helped reduce their storage costs by 30%.

Targetbase Analyzes Marketing Data up to 40x Faster, Helps Clients Launch Targeted Marketing Campaigns Earlier

Monday May 20, 2013

Need a good reason to upgrade to Oracle Database? I'll give you seventy five!

A few times a year, I'm asked to update the Oracle Database Reference Booklet. Each time, the number of customers benefiting from upgrading to the Oracle Database grows. Read for yourself how an airline cut analysis time for travel partner bookings from 10 hours to 10 minutes, helping staff develop better informed partner sales and marketing strategies. Or how a bank completed their database upgrade without disruption to their day-to-day operations and minimized system downtime for more than 2 million customers, who expect around the clock services. Or how a manufacturing company saved an expected US$609,000 on storage hardware costs. These are just of few of the customer who improved performance, provided better service for their customers and saved money with the Oracle Database.

Need a good reason to upgrade to the Oracle Database? Look no further.

Oracle Database References booklet




Thursday Apr 25, 2013

Oracle Exadata Recipes for Success – A Problem Solution Approach

Organizations considering an investment in Oracle Exadata need to understand how it addresses performance, consolidation, and IT infrastructure roadmap goals, plus the changes it will have on their day-to-day operations to support Oracle Database on Oracle Exadata.

Oracle Exadata Recipes - A problem Solution Approach is a new book written by Oracle database expert and author John Clark that will show you how to maintain and optimize your Oracle Exadata environment as well as how to ensure that it is the right fit for your company. Oracle Exadata recipes is written for individuals that want to quickly learn and develop effective proven solutions without reading lengthy manuals scrubbing for techniques. Learn more about the book when you listen to this interview.

Wednesday Mar 20, 2013

Starwood Hotels Transforms Business in Real-Time with Oracle Exadata

Listen as Arup Nanda from Starwood Hotels and Resorts describes how Oracle Exdata Database Machine transformed their business to deliver real-time market data and  on-demand reports which allowed them to react quickly to changing market conditions while reducing IT infrastructure costs.

Monday Mar 11, 2013

Data Warehousing Trends Webcast Now On-Demand

Recently, I had the a unique opportunity to moderate a panel of Data Warehousing experts which included Dan Vesset from IDC, George Lumkin from Oracle and Arup Nanda from Starwood Hotels & Resorts. If you missed the live event, the on-demand broadcast is now available. Don't miss your opportunity to get expert advice on the data warehousing trends and best practices that can help to transform your business. Watch it now!

Friday Mar 08, 2013

What part of Oracle Exadata 'petabyte scalability' don't you understand?

Oracle Exadata Database Machine delivers extreme performance for Data Warehousing and OLTP workloads, It also provides the 'petabyte scalability' required to cost effectively manage the sheer volume of data collected and stored by enterprise customers.

Read how these customers address 'petabyte scalability' with Oracle Exadata Database Machine in their environments:

Turkcell manages 100 terabytes of compressed data—that's a whopping petabyte of uncompressed raw data—on Oracle Exadata. When combined with the analytics capabilities of Oracle Advanced Analytics, they can now complete antifraud analysis for large amounts of call-data records in just a few hours.

SK Telecom became the first mobile communications operator in Korea to introduce rate plans with unlimited data usage. This led to a large increase in data volumes and, as a result, the company’s data analysis and verification processes became more complex. On average 40 billion transactions are processed each day on Oracle Exadata Database Machine enabling the company to store 1 petabyte of raw data. Now they can provide detailed, accurate information about their customers’ roaming data usage while ensuring high availability and performance to support billions of transactions a day.

Thursday Aug 25, 2011

Turkcell Accelerates Reporting Tenfold, Saves on Storage and Energy Costs with Consolidated Oracle Exadata Platform

After making the move to Oracle Exadata, Turkcell, Turkey’s leading mobile communications and technology company, boosted reporting speeds tenfold, eliminating long waits for users while also providing data compression capabilities that cut the size of its data repository by a factor of eight. Turkcell’s investment in Oracle Exadata will break even within 30 months and achieve an ROI of at least 25% over three years, with total benefits expected to reach into the millions of US dollars over three years.

Read the full case study

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Monday Jul 18, 2011

Register today for 'Storage Management in Private Cloud' Webcast

Learn how storage resources can be shared in private clouds for improved availability of data in consolidated database environments  at our "Storage Management in Private Clouds" Webcast on July 21 at 10am PT. This is part of an ongoing private cloud Webcast series. Register today for this Webcast, or the entire series!  

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Monday May 23, 2011

Customers Discuss Success with Oracle Exadata

Oracle Exadata Customers Discuss Successful Deployments

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