IT Innovation | May 16, 2017

IT Infrastructure for the Data-Driven Era

By: Nancy Swanson


We’re in the midst of a data explosion. According to Forbes, by 2020, about 1.7 megabytes of new information will be created EVERY second for EVERY human being on the planet. That is mind boggling. How will you manage database growth in the coming years, and what infrastructure will you buy?

Customers are telling us their top three IT challenges are:

  1. Driving growth and profitability
  2. Protecting data from fraud
  3. Getting ready for cloud

So what are your choices for database infrastructure?  

  • Build your own: The upside is you can customize. The downside is you’re responsible for integrating and managing hardware from multiple vendors. And it isn’t cloud-ready.
  • Converged and hyperconverged systems: With converged or hyperconverged architecture, there are still pieces missing higher in the stack, and you’re still dealing with multiple vendors. And how compatible is the hardware with the software? Plus, the solution doesn’t provide cloud insurance.
  • Engineered systems: An Oracle engineered system, such as Oracle Database Appliance, is a fully integrated solution that’s built specifically for optimal database performance, time to value and cost effectiveness. The entire solution is supported by Oracle. Plus, it’s cloud-ready, meaning that there are equivalents of the technology in the Oracle Public Cloud, easing your journey along the way.

Why should Oracle Database Appliance be your infrastructure of choice for database growth? Let’s talk about how it helps with the top-of-mind IT challenges I mentioned earlier.

  1. Driving growth and profitability: By consolidating onto Oracle Database Appliance, you cut back on the number of systems running in your data center, which has an obvious impact on space, power, cooling, and administration costs. But did you know that eliminating multi-vendor portfolios lowers relationship cost drivers, creates efficiencies, and reduces the cost of application maintenance and development? Fewer suppliers can bring down the total cost of ownership annually. And you receive standardization and automation benefits, and better economies of scale, in addition to cost advantages.
  2. Protecting data from fraud: According to the State of Cybersecurity Implications Study, 82 percent of companies claim their board of directors is concerned about cybersecurity. So clearly data security is a key consideration when planning your IT roadmap. Oracle has a layered approach to building secure systems, meaning security is built in, not bolted on. Oracle Linux secures the operating system. Advanced security features are built into Oracle Database Enterprise Edition, including Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall and Oracle Database Vault.
  3. Getting ready for the cloud: As I mentioned earlier, Oracle Database Appliance is engineered for the cloud. This makes it perfect for our many customers who are looking to run hybrid environments—utilizing on-premises and public cloud environments. And because Oracle Database Appliance is already cloud-ready, right out of the box, it provides investment protection if you’re not ready for the cloud just yet. To learn more, you can check out recent Oracle Database Appliance blogs specifically on cloud: Is Your Database Platform Cloud Ready? and Oracle Database Appliance and Your Hybrid Cloud: As Right as Rain.

There are other great reasons to choose Oracle Database Appliance such as simple deployment, easy maintenance, and affordability. For more information, visit oracle.com/ODA.

Nancy Swanson is senior director of product marketing for the Oracle Database Applicance portfolio.

Nancy Swanson is senior director of product marketing for the Oracle Database Applicance portfolio.

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