Sunday Dec 08, 2013

Why DBaaS will be one of 2014's technology headliners

As you settle in to some holiday reading and prepare for 2014, a recent blog and several blogs it connects to will be of interest.  Check out this OracleVoice blog on Forbes.com:  "Why Database As A Service (DBaaS) Will Be The Breakaway Technology of 2014".

From the entry's introduction:

"Database as a Service (DBaaS) is arguably the next big thing in IT. Indeed, the market analysis firm 451 Research projects an astounding 86% cumulative annual growth rate, with annual revenues from DBaaS providers rising from $150 million in 2012 to $1.8 billion by 2016."

 The  article explores the benefits of DBaaS and some of the key enabling technologies, such as Oracle Multitenant, which promises to be a game-changer as Oracle Database 12c adoption rises.


Tuesday Jul 02, 2013

Database Consolidation onto Private Clouds - updated for Oracle Database 12c

One of our team's most popular white papers has been expanded and updated to discuss Oracle Database 12c.  Now available on our OTN page, the new version of Database Consolidation onto Private Clouds covers best practices for consolidation with pluggable databases that the new mulitenant architecture provides, and expanded information on the database and schema consolidation options.  These are the consolidation models the paper evaluates:  

server  database  schema
pluggable databases 


Key considerations for consolidating workloads which the paper explores:

  • Choosing a consolidation model
  • How PDBs solve the IT complexity problem
  • Isolation in consolidated environments
  • Cloud pool design
  • Complementary workloads
  • Enterprise Manager 12c for consolidation planning and operations

Many more white papers have been updated or are new for Oracle Database 12c. We'll continue to highlight those which tie directory to your journey to enterprise cloud.

Tuesday May 28, 2013

Oracle Private Database Cloud at Cloud Expo

Cloud Expo will meet June 10-13 in New York City, and Oracle experts will be hosting several demos in the exhibition hall and also offering several speaker sessions, including these sessions with an emphasis on private cloud:

Fast-track Your Transformation to Enterprise Private Cloud with my esteemed colleague Anand Akela

and

Best Practices for Providing Oracle DBaaS with a Private Cloud with my esteemed teammate Raj Kammend

It's a great chance to learn more about Oracle's offerings from the true experts.  If you miss out, make sure you catch us at Oracle OpenWorld in September...



Friday May 10, 2013

The Lone Star State: On the Journey to Cloud

When we talk about the journey to cloud (see 19 January 2013 entry below), we highlight the fact that we developed this methodology with guidance from customers who are making successful transitions to cloud.  Many of these customers are in sectors such as finance and online travel -- enterprises with large scale and extreme cost-awareness.  So you might wonder whether those customers were limited, special cases -- or, is the journey being applied at more sites, across more sectors. 

In fact, the journey is underway at data centers of all shapes and sizes.  A new example from the public sector is the State of Texas.  Working with the Oracle Enterprise Architecture team, they are making the journey to cloud.  To quote from the recently published Oracle Enterprise Architecture White Paper:

"The State of Texas is setting a progressive example for other state governments by relying on cloud service providers to provision IT resources to dozens of state agencies. Led by the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR), the state is creating the Texas Cloud Marketplace, a private cloud that utilizes engineered systems such as Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic to deliver new technology while fulfilling legislative mandates. Oracle is helping to transform the state’s widespread infrastructure, which spans hundreds of databases and tens of thousands of applications. The billion-dollar consolidation project was designed to help 300,000 government employees serve 25 million citizens in a more flexible and cost-effective way."

Too busy to read the white paper?  Then check out this article in Profit Magazine for a quick overview.



Tuesday Mar 26, 2013

Oracle Private Database Cloud at Cloud Connect next week

Oracle is a sponsor of the Cloud Connect conference being held in Santa Clara, California next week (April 2-5).  The conference includes workshops, keynotes, conferences, and an exhibition hall which is open Wednesday and Thursday from noon to six p.m. each day.

 If you're interested in Private Database Clouds, or any type of cloud for that matter, stop by the Oracle demo area and visit our Private Database Cloud booth.  We can talk about the benefits of private clouds, the different types of models to choose from, how they differ from public clouds, and a customer-proven approach to making successful transitions to cloud computing.  We hope to see you there!


Tuesday Dec 11, 2012

Cloud Deployment Models

As the cloud paradigm grows in depth and breadth, more readers are approaching the topic for the first time, or from a new perspective.  This blog is a basic review of  cloud deployment models, to help orient newcomers and neophytes.

Most cloud deployments today are either private or public. It is also possible to connect a private cloud and a public cloud to form a hybrid cloud.

A private cloud is for the exclusive use of an organization. Enterprises, universities and government agencies throughout the world are using private clouds. Some have designed, built and now manage their private clouds. Others use a private cloud that was built by and is now managed by a provider, hosted either onsite or at the provider’s datacenter. Because private clouds are for exclusive use, they are usually the option chosen by organizations with concerns about data security and guaranteed performance.

Public clouds are open to anyone with an Internet connection. Because they require no capital investment from their users, they are particularly attractive to companies with limited resources in less regulated environments and for temporary workloads such as development and test environments. Public clouds offer a range of products, from end-user software packages to more basic services such as databases or operating environments.

Public clouds may also offer cloud services such as a disaster recovery for a private cloud, or the ability to “cloudburst” a temporary workload spike from a private cloud to a public cloud. These are examples of a hybrid cloud. These are most feasible when the private and public clouds are built with similar technologies.

Usually people think of a public cloud in terms of a user role, e.g., “Which public cloud should I consider using?” But someone needs to own and manage that public cloud. The company who owns and operates a public cloud is known as a public cloud provider. Oracle Database Cloud Service, Amazon RDS, database.com and Savvis Symphony Database are examples of public cloud database services.

When evaluating deployment models, be aware that you can use any or all of the available options. Some workloads may be best-suited for a private cloud, some for a public or hybrid cloud. And you might deploy multiple private clouds in your organization. If you are going to combine multiple clouds, then you want to make sure that each cloud is based on a consistent technology portfolio and architecture. This simplifies management and gives you the greatest flexibility in moving resources and workloads among your different clouds.

Oracle’s portfolio of cloud products and services enables both deployment models. Oracle can manage either model. Universities, government agencies and companies in all types of business everywhere in the world are using clouds built with the Oracle portfolio. By employing a consistent portfolio, these customers are able to run all of their workloads – from test and development to the most mission-critical -- in a consistent manner: One Enterprise Cloud, powered by Oracle.

 

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