Did you get a chance to visit Oracle OpenWorld 2017? If so, you probably learned about some of the major announcements Larry Ellison made about automation, AI, and machine learning, specifically around the new Autonomous Database. You may have also seen him pit Oracle against Amazon on-stage with six real-world workloads to prove that Oracle’s autonomous database in the Oracle cloud is faster and therefore cheaper than running Oracle database in the Amazon Web Services cloud and AWS’s own Redshift database in the AWS cloud.
While Larry's keynotes may have stolen the show, engineers and product teams were working hard at covering Oracle solutions with live product demos, hands-on labs, and product showcases highlighting new products and new features for Oracle Infrastructure.
To me, the best part about Oracle OpenWorld is learning about new products, which is why I’m excited to tell you about enhancements to the purpose-built Oracle Database Appliance.
I think we can all agree that databases represent a critical component of the IT department’s efforts and functions due to what they hold—data—your organization’s most critical asset. And a significant portion of IT spend is on maintaining and caring for those critical databases. Staying with traditional IT models may impact your success because you’re probably dealing with multiple vendors to run your database and applications. And that’s simply not a good long-term strategy. If you want to get the most out of your Oracle Database investment, a purpose-built appliance is a great solution.
If you’re an Oracle engineered systems fan, you may know that we introduced our sixth generation of Oracle Database Appliance at Oracle OpenWorld. So, what’s new?
To start we now have three models in the portfolio that include the latest Intel Xeon processors, an 80 percent increase in core count, and more storage capacity over the previous generation. In addition, there is support for KVM virtualization, expanded VLAN support, and SE RAC support on the high-availability model.
When I meet with customers, they tell me that they’re being asked to do much more with fewer resources at their disposal. Quite frankly, this is where Oracle Database Appliance delivers real help. A single Database Administrator (DBA) can have the system up and running in 30 minutes. Automated patch bundles help to streamline maintenance for all the elements of the software stack including firmware, OS, storage management, and database software. These fully tested patch bundles can be deployed quickly and then safely applied, which eliminates error-prone tasks typically confronting administrators.
No one knows the Oracle Database better than Oracle—it’s what we do. With Oracle Database Appliance, hardware and software engineers worked together to design a system completely optimized to run Oracle Database. All models include networking compatible with any data center, storage options that include NVM Express (NVMe) flash storage, and HDD storage for increased capacity. Pre-installed Oracle Linux and Oracle Appliance Manager and support for virtualization, add additional flexibility to the already complete and fully integrated database solution.
I often ask customers if they would consider an engineered system to run their database, and many times, they reply that they’re too expensive. That isn’t the case with Oracle Database Appliance. Our X7-2S model starts at the incredibly low entry price of $18,500. Combine this with the flexibility to run various Oracle Database software editions and capacity-on-demand licensing for even more value. Capacity-on-demand licensing allows you to deploy Oracle Database Appliance and license as few as two processors cores to run your database servers. You can then incrementally scale up to the maximum number of processor cores in each system, delivering CAPEX efficiency and room to grow for a more optimized TCO.
Also consider time saved researching compatible components, creating and processing multiple orders across multiple vendors, waiting for all the various elements to arrive, and then assembling and validating the build-your-own system.
Listen to Ehab Badr from Catalyst Business Solutions, and find out how they helped lower costs for their mid-market customers with Oracle Database Appliance. This is real value—OPEX and CAPEX savings—and it’s what we deliver to you every day.
Whether you are using cloud today, or planning to in the future, Oracle Database Appliance provides a bridge between on-premises deployments and Oracle Cloud. This bridge makes it easy to implement a combined on-premises/cloud strategy to support backup, dev/test, or even disaster recovery environments in the cloud.
As we head towards the new year, I’m excited to offer the simple-to-deploy-and-use, fully optimized, and affordable Oracle Database Appliance, which is totally purpose-built for your Oracle Database.
For more information, please visit: www.oracle.com/oda