In the cloud computing era, Oracle and Oracle Database may not be the synonyms they once were, but the vision of the company and the delivery of database technology have never been more tightly connected. The number of customers adopting Oracle Database Cloud Service—based on the on-premises database technology, but architected and delivered for cloud computing—was up to 2,259 in October, a more than 25-fold increase from the 87 cloud database customers Oracle had a year ago, noted Oracle Executive Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison at Oracle OpenWorld 2015.
Ellison and other executives at Oracle OpenWorld introduced Oracle Exadata Cloud Service, an elastic service that gives customers access to a quarter-, half-, or full-rack configuration and all the memory, storage, and networking capacity that go with it.
All those applications you’ve written over the years: They just work on Oracle Cloud. ”–Andy Mendelsohn,
Executive Vice President of Server Technologies, Oracle
Andy Mendelsohn, executive vice president of server technologies at Oracle, noted that Exadata Cloud Service is easy to evaluate because of its on-premises roots. “It’s just like Oracle Exadata on premises. It can run all your workloads from your departmental systems up to your most demanding, mission-critical OLTP [online transaction processing] systems and giant data warehouses,” he said.
“Other clouds have no story on premises,” Mendelsohn continued, pointing to the investments businesses have made in developing applications for Oracle Database over many years. “All those applications you’ve written over the years: They just work on Oracle Cloud.”
One of the early concerns about moving data to the public cloud was security. Businesses used to having their systems and data located on their own premises questioned whether third parties could be trusted to guarantee security.
But security on-premises is inconsistent, while the threats are getting more sophisticated, so the cloud is becoming the best option for ensuring always-on security, Mendelsohn said. “We’re convinced that over the next few years, security is going to be the main reason people move to public clouds,” he said.
Oracle Database cloud services include always-on encryption, by default. In one of his keynote addresses at Oracle OpenWorld, Ellison discussed the auditing, firewall, encryption, and encryption key management capabilities in Oracle Database cloud services and on-premises systems. He described the features of Oracle Key Vault and the option for Oracle Database cloud customers to store their encryption keys on premises or in the cloud.
Oracle executives also discussed Oracle’s new SPARC M7 processor, its database-specific processing accelerators, and its built-in security-in-silicon features. “We put always-on memory intrusion detection into the silicon,” Ellison said. “It’s always on. You cannot turn it off.”
At Oracle OpenWorld, Ellison and Mendelsohn demonstrated key Oracle Database 12c features and options. Oracle Multitenant, for example, delivers a container database architecture that can support hundreds of pluggable databases.
Oracle announced beta availability of Oracle Database 12c Release 2, which includes enhancements to Oracle Multitenant. Mendelsohn demonstrated a hot—with the database still running—clone and refresh of a pluggable database. Ellison demonstrated the hot relocation of a pluggable database from an on-premises data center to Oracle Cloud.
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