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Exadata Powers the Oracle Autonomous Database

Maywun Wong
Director, Product Marketing

The future of cloud is autonomous. And the Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud is powered by Exadata.

The Autonomous Cloud Frees Humans from Tedious Database Tasks

Last year, Oracle introduced the Oracle Autonomous Database and in February, we delivered the first production version to handle data warehousing and optimize data queries for analytics. On August 7, CTO Larry Ellison made a major announcement with Oracle Autonomous Transaction Processing for optimized transaction processing and mixed workloads—a significant step up in the Autonomous Cloud.

Everything is automated: the infrastructure, the database, and the data center. There’s nothing to learn and nothing to do. The Autonomous Database Cloud delivers automatic provisioning, automatic scaling, automatic tuning, automatic security, automatic fault-tolerant failover, automatic backup and recovery—everything—enabling users to cut costs, reduce risk, and focus on innovation. This machine learning-based technology now optimizes itself not only for queries for data warehouses and data marts, but also for transactions. So it can handle all your database workloads.

It Runs on the Same Exadata Hardware as Your On-Premises Infrastructure

Oracle Autonomous Cloud marks the culmination of four decades of technology innovation. It delivers to market today something that our competitors simply cannot do. Exadata, together with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, the Oracle Autonomous Cloud Platform, Oracle Autonomous Applications, and many other Oracle innovations, incorporate machine learning to eliminate human intervention once policies are set. These emerging autonomous technologies are reshaping our customers’ approach to IT, allowing them to free up their budgets and staff and reduce risk while focusing on business growth and innovation.

Oracle has continued to add capabilities to the underlying software as well as to the underlying hardware—which is based on Oracle Exadata. Exadata not only forms part of the basis of the Autonomous Database, but it also is part of the underlying infrastructure and the cloud management. It is this interconnectivity that allows the Autonomous Database to deliver queries 10X faster and transaction processing and mixed workload handling up to 100X faster than competing solutions.

Exadata's Unique Structure Makes True Elasticity Possible

When you create an Oracle database using Autonomous Database, the system automatically provisions itself. It allocates storage, network capacity, compute capacity, and memory. The beauty of the Autonomous Database is that if you run your application and the load is low, the Autonomous Database will start de-allocating servers. When the application isn’t running at all, there is no server—that is, zero servers allocated to the database. It’s a server-less cloud. As you need capacity, it will automatically add servers while the system is running. So as the demands on the database happen with more transactions requests, servers will be added automatically along with additional network I/O and additional I/O capacity.

The Same Exadata Platform Makes Moving to the Cloud Easy

With the Exadata platform as the foundation of the Oracle Cloud and the Autonomous Database, your business investment in Exadata is protected. In addition, your transition from on-premises to the cloud will be smooth so that you can focus on modernizing your infrastructure on-premises even as you prepare for migration to the cloud.

ClubCorp, the largest owner and operator of private clubs nationwide, with 200+ country, city, athletic, and alumni clubs, has migrated its IT deployment from Exadata on-premises to Oracle Exadata Cloud Service in addition to other Oracle SaaS and PaaS services. The organization is excited about the possibilities of Autonomous Data Warehouse and the ability to remove some of the administrative burdens of maintaining the database so that its staff can spend more time focusing on key business objectives.

Still, some organizations will want or need to keep everything behind their firewalls. In that case, Oracle Exadata Cloud at Customer puts the Oracle Cloud inside your data center. As recently announced, Oracle will support Autonomous Database on Exadata Cloud at Customer as well, which includes all the automatic patching, reliability, security, and availability of Autonomous Database. But you don’t buy the hardware—you subscribe to the hardware and to the service.

Exadata Provides the Infrastructure Behind the Autonomous Cloud

For whatever environment meets your needs, Oracle Autonomous Cloud can handle all your database workloads. With end-to-end automation, you get a more reliable, more secure, more available system that eliminates all the manual processes involved in creating and managing databases. The future of database cloud is autonomous, and the Autonomous Database Cloud is powered by Oracle Exadata.

Learn more about how Oracle Autonomous Database, Oracle Exadata, and Oracle Exadata Cloud at Customer can take care of all your database workloads. And follow us at @Exadata, @Infrastructure, and @OracleCloud for all the latest announcements and insights.

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