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Read and follow links to select announcements from Oracle OpenWorld 2014.

November/December 2014


Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance Simplifies Data Protection

Oracle’s Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance (Recovery Appliance), the world’s first and only engineered system designed specifically for database protection, is available now. This massively scalable appliance changes the paradigm for backup and recovery and delivers unparalleled data protection, efficiency, and scalability.

When using today’s solutions to restore a database, businesses typically lose all data generated since the last backup—often hours to days of critical data. The Recovery Appliance is the first appliance to deliver zero data loss protection for critical databases. The Recovery Appliance dramatically reduces the impact of backups on production servers and networks, virtually eliminating the need for lengthy backup windows. The cloud-scale architecture enables a single Recovery Appliance to manage the data protection requirements of thousands of databases, avoiding the cost and complexity of disparate backup systems.

“The Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance marks a completely new approach to data protection—one that focuses on business availability, and not just backups,” says Juan Loaiza, senior vice president at Oracle. “For the first time, organizations can meet all their critical database protection needs—including real-time protection, end-to-end recovery, and centralized control for thousands of databases—with a single system.”


Oracle Analytics Cloud Combines BI, Big Data Analytics, and Embedded SaaS Analytics

Oracle Analytics Cloud, available now, is a comprehensive offering that delivers business intelligence (BI) and analytics for traditional data and big data. With cloud-resident technologies that enable the collection, storage, preparation, and analysis of all the data assets of an organization; prebuilt analytic applications that provide embedded real-time reporting and deep cross-functional analysis for a range of software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications; and out-of-the-box mobile access and analysis, Oracle Analytics Cloud delivers massive scalability, high availability, state-of-the-art security, operational simplicity, and elastic scaling.

Oracle Analytics Cloud includes the new Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service, a subscription-based cloud offering that allows customers to rapidly deliver analytics to small groups, business departments, or the entire organization, with no capital costs, as well as Oracle Big Data Cloud Service and Oracle Big Data Discovery capabilities.

“Data gravity is moving to the cloud, driven by the rapid adoption of SaaS applications and accelerating preference for cloud-based IT deployments. The need for cloud-based analytics has increased as a result,” says Balaji Yelamanchili, senior vice president, analytics and performance management products at Oracle. “Oracle is first to fulfill a gap in the market, offering Oracle Analytics Cloud, a comprehensive portfolio of analytics offerings with millions of users already leveraging it.”

 
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Oracle Adds Six New Platform Services to Cloud Portfolio

Oracle introduced six new Oracle Cloud platform services that help customers and partners develop and deploy new applications, extend and personalize Oracle software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications, and migrate existing on-premises applications to Oracle Cloud. The new services extend Oracle’s platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings to include big data analytics; mobile; integration; process management; Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE); and Node.js.

“Today’s cloud computing technologies have the potential to open up a wealth of business opportunities, but to truly embrace the benefits the cloud offers, there needs to be a robust supporting platform in place,” says Thomas Kurian, executive vice president of product development at Oracle. “With this new set of platform services, Oracle is positioned even better than before to help our customers realize the true benefits of cloud computing. Oracle will continue to expand its portfolio of functionally rich, integrated, and secure platform services built on a core set of infrastructure services to truly empower the developer community to build modern applications of tomorrow.”


Exalytics In-Memory Machine X4-4 Offers Enhanced Capacity, Greater Memory

The latest refresh of Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine includes Intel Xeon processors, customized for Oracle business analytics workloads, supporting 50 percent faster clock speed, 50 percent more processing cores, and 50 percent more memory than the previous generation.

The Exalytics In-Memory Machine X4-4 supports up to 3 TB of memory, 4.8 TB of PCI flash, and 7.2 TB of hard disk. In addition, the Oracle Database In-Memory option is now certified for all Oracle Exalytics configurations. With up to 3 TB of memory available per machine, entire reporting data marts can be cached in memory and provide fast analysis without forklift upgrades.

“The pace of business continues to accelerate, and with it comes the need to uncover business insights rapidly,” said Balaji Yelamanchili, senior vice president, analytics and performance management products, at Oracle. “Oracle’s Exalytics In-Memory Machine X4-4, with enhanced capacity and greater memory, represents a foundation on which organizations can base their analytics needs in order to benefit from extreme performance and a compelling business user experience.”


Oracle Applications Cloud Release 9 Adds Mobile, Social, and Analytics Capabilities

Oracle Applications Cloud Release 9 includes significant additions and updates to its full portfolio of software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings, including Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning Cloud (Oracle ERP Cloud), Oracle Human Capital Management Cloud (Oracle HCM Cloud), Oracle Customer Experience Cloud (Oracle CX Cloud), and Oracle Supply Chain Management Cloud (Oracle SCM Cloud).

Updates include mobile enhancements and embedded analytics for Oracle’s ERP, HCM, and CX cloud applications; additional industry-specific applications in Oracle ERP Cloud; the new social Oracle Work Life Solutions in Oracle HCM Cloud; data-as-a-service (DaaS) and enhanced social commerce capabilities in Oracle CX Cloud; and an expanded portfolio of Oracle Product Value Chain solutions in Oracle SCM Cloud.

“In today’s modern, digital world, businesses and organizations rely on technology to help them run their back-office operations, as well as customer-facing functions such as sales and marketing,” says Steve Miranda, executive vice president, Oracle Applications Development. “Oracle Applications Cloud Release 9 is personalized, connected, and secure, designed to help our customers achieve their most critical business goals.”


Oracle Launches the Oracle FS1 Series Flash Storage System

The new Oracle FS1 Series flash storage system scales to petabytes of all-flash capacity while delivering several innovations designed to take flash technology to new extremes. Coengineered with Oracle Database and Oracle Applications, the Oracle FS1 Series optimizes data center performance and Oracle software investments with Oracle features such as Hybrid Columnar Compression, which compresses data by 10 to 50 times, and Application Profiles, which accelerate deployment and streamline management with single-click provisioning and deployment of Oracle Database and Oracle Applications.

Scaling to petabytes of flash capacity with a high-availability, scale-out architecture, the Oracle FS1 Series is the most intelligent, high-performance flash storage array for Oracle environments. The new system’s QoS Plus management software simultaneously optimizes performance, cost, and business value using fine-grained auto–tiering and secure multitenancy for application and user data isolation—in a single, scalable storage platform.

“The Oracle FS1 Series is designed from the ground up to optimize and automate the use of high-performance flash storage technologies to support the demanding and varied workloads in today’s dynamic data centers,” says Mike Workman, senior vice president of storage at Oracle. “When combined with Oracle Database technologies such as Hybrid Columnar Compression, Automatic Data Optimization, and Oracle Enterprise Manager, Oracle FS1 Series systems will enable our customers to achieve dramatic reductions in capital expenditures and greater operational efficiencies.”

 

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