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Autonomous and Security - Key Themes at Oracle OpenWorld 2018

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This post was contributed by Product Marketing Analyst, Cassie Chen. 

This year, Larry Ellison kicked off OpenWorld by talking about Oracle’s new “Star Wars” cyber-defensive functions from our Cloud Infrastructure. This second-generation Oracle Cloud Infrastructure includes a re-architected software and hardware to enable a dedicated network of cloud control computers. The new design is meant to create an isolated network with separate cloud control computers to run on bare-metal. And finally, this includes a layer of security that runs through each individual customer zone as well as Oracle’s own control code so computers can’t be tampered with or accessed by users other than yourself. 

Next, we heard from Mark Hurd. In his keynote, he carried out this theme of security. He discussed the concept of our defensive battle against cyber threats and the importance of AI investment. With a larger surface area, companies face new threats that are becoming increasingly complex and more difficult to prevent. Security teams at organizations of every size are struggling to keep pace with these persistent attacks. Businesses can use the advanced security capabilities that Oracle provides in order to protect themselves from these cyber-attacks. And, they can use a platform that is autonomous – leverages the power of AI and machine learning to provide self-driving, self-securing, and self-repairing capabilities. 

Using power of Autonomous, our customers now have a means to unlock their potential like never before. And while they’re different size companies working across different industries, what they have in common is how each has embraced our autonomous capabilities as a way to transform how they do business. In Steve Daheb’s general session, we heard firsthand from some of these customers. First, he introduced Erik Dvergsnes from Aker BP to join him on stage. Using Oracle’s Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud, they spoke about how this enabled them to consolidate multiple databases, keep track of a decade’s worth of data about alarms on their off-shore rigs, and run reports in optimal speed. They can now run reports on 1.2 billion rows in seconds versus what used to take 20 minutes. Then, he brought up Michael Morales, CEO of Quality Metrics Partners, a lab management and medical testing company that’s using Autonomous Database to reduce the amount of time patients have to wait for lab results. We heard how they used Oracle’s Autonomous Database and Oracle’s cloud to scale their business model – supporting over 9x growth. 

The Autonomous Database takes care of the core responsibilities in data management – optimizes resources, reduces human error, mitigates threats and decreases spending with little to no downtime. In addition to the autonomous capabilities, we also heard during OpenWorld more about Oracle’s comprehensive security portfolio. It provides multiple layers of defense. This includes preventative controls to intercept data leaks and unauthorized users; a web firewall to inspect, identify and block malicious traffic; log analytics to track and trace all logs including 3rdparty logs; and DDoS to detect and mitigate attacks through network isolation. 

Oracle has delivered to the market an incredible amount of innovation and we're seeing customer momentum across the entire Oracle Cloud. And we provide customers with the ability to focus on the things that truly matter – their business and their customers. The automation of repetitive DBA tasks and the ability to reduce security threats collectively work to save hours on maintenance to put towards new innovations.

Read more about a groundbreaking security study by Oracle and KPMG on the growing threat landscape. To learn more about Oracle Autonomous, read more here and try it today.

In case you missed it, watch this year’s keynotes and sessions at OpenWorld.

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