With over 130,000 people dedicated to helping customers transform the way they do business, Oracle brings the unique skills, experiences, and imagination to deliver incredible new innovations every year. The past year represented some of the most important announcements in Oracle’s history with the release of technologies like Autonomous Database, Blockchain, Digital Assistant and more. Since then, Oracle has further enhanced its existing technologies while bringing to market new innovations, in the spirit of enabling its customers to re-imagine what’s possible in today’s digital world. In case you missed it, here are some key announcements from this year’s OpenWorld.
Automation and autonomous technologies are completely changing how data is managed, how information is captured, processed, and accessed. With respect to outcomes, it’s doing two very important things: It’s providing insights to help us better understand our business, and it’s freeing our time to focus on innovation while also providing us with a platform upon which to innovate. The first of its kind, Oracle Autonomous Database uses ground-breaking machine learning to provide self-driving, self-repairing and self-securing capabilities. These functions ultimately serve to drive lower costs, better security, and higher innovation for its customers. The database encompasses two key services: Autonomous Data Warehouse (ADW) and Autonomous Transaction Processing (ATP). Collectively, these services were born from the foundational elements that make up the Autonomous Database. First, it’s automated database operations, from key database functions to memory management and diagnostics. Second, is its rich, policy-driven optimization implemented via machine-learning. And finally, this new database technology is optimized to run on Oracle’s next-generation infrastructure to meet the needs of all businesses.
In the last year, Oracle has expanded the capabilities of its Autonomous Database to meet the needs of all types of users and to enrich the possibilities for them to innovate. Whether you’re an enterprise customer with mission-critical workloads or a developer looking to build applications, Oracle has done the hard work to make its technology available and beneficial to everyone. Here’s how:
This dedicated service allows customers to easily transition from on-premises databases to a fully-autonomous and isolated private database cloud within the Oracle Public Cloud. Deployed on a dedicated Exadata Cloud Infrastructure, this architecture delivers the highest degree of workload isolation in which the virtual cloud network is hardware enforced. Furthermore, features include customizable operational policies, so customers have greater control over provisioning, software updates, availability, and more. This enables companies with databases of any size, scale, or criticality to have the security and flexibility needed to support their mission-critical workloads. The addition of a dedicated (ADB-D) choice makes it possible for companies to deliver a self-service database capability that aligns with its organizational structure.
Oracle APEX allows developers to quickly build scalable and secure enterprise apps using only a few lines of code. With APEX, users can deliver compelling reports and data visualizations, with features like SQL grouping to automatically calculate counts, strategic algorithms to choose the best facets to use, pre-filtered data and more. Build sophisticated applications without the expertise of a vast array of web technologies - from simple web apps to missional critical apps that are accessed daily by hundreds and thousands of users. With Oracle SQL Developer Web, users can easily run queries, create tables, and generate schema diagrams. Finally, with native Oracle REST Data Services support, developers can develop and deploy RESTful services for Oracle Autonomous Database, making it easy to create modern REST interfaces for relational data.
Oracle Data Safe helps organizations more effectively protect their data, serving as a unified database security control center at no additional cost. It manages security best practices that include validating the configuration of a database, identifying risky users, ensuring that appropriate policies are enforced, tracking the activities of users, or providing masked copies of sensitive data for partner, test, and development purposes. With no special security expertise needed, the Data Safe provides the tools so customers know exactly what is going on with their data to quickly address any issues that may come up. Customers still have control over the security - Oracle simply takes care of the infrastructure. This unwinds the complexity of the database, allowing customers to save time and mitigate risks with no additional costs.
Oracle has launched its new Always Free services for anyone to try the world’s first self-driving database and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure for an unlimited time. Now, organizations, IT professionals, developers, students and educators have access to the same full functionality as Oracle’s paid services which include Compute VMs, Block Volumes, Object and Archive Storage, and Load Balancer. The Free Tier includes 2 Autonomous Databases, each with 1 OCPU and 20 GBs of storage. This is complemented by Oracle’s existing free trial program which provides $300 credit for 30 days which can be used for many additional services such as Analytics, Digital Assistant, Integration and Management. Developers can build applications using any language and framework on top of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Autonomous Database, with access to a rich set of free developer tools including APEX, SQL Developer Web, Machine Learning Notebooks, REST interfaces and more.
Last year, Oracle had the foresight to deliver to market a Second Generation Cloud, representing a fundamental re-architecture of the conventional public cloud. Specifically architected for the enterprise, the Gen 2 Cloud provides a new infrastructure with a full set of platform capabilities. These new design principles enable enterprises to move more easily from on-premises to cloud, with built-in security to mitigate threats, as well as superior economics with improved automation. It includes industry leading scalability and availability, with integrated governance and control as well as reliability backed by end-to-end SLAs. It supports all of the emerging technologies - artificial intelligence, machine learning, IoT, blockchain, human interfaces - so enterprises are able to implement these new technologies to support mission-critical applications, drive new business models, and create new business value.
The Gen 2 Cloud spans multiple services including app dev, integration, analytics and security. The new infrastructure provides all the technology required to build, extend, and connect apps. For app dev, it includes mobile, blockchain, AI/ML, and chatbots. There’s integration for Oracle and non-Oracle apps, both on-premises and in the cloud. Users are then able to connect multiple data sources to perform deeper analytics to drive informed business decisions. And to protect all that information are layers of defense on a secure platform for applications and data, helping offload security responsibilities from organizations.
Here are some of this year’s announcements surrounding Oracle’s new generation of cloud infrastructure:
Oracle Autonomous Linux is the world’s first autonomous operating system that eliminates complexity and human error to deliver unprecedented security, availability, and cost savings for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure customers. The system executes automatic patch updates and tuning without the need for human intervention. Based on Oracle Linux, it is binary-compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, so even IBM Red Hat customers can use the service with current applications on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure at no additional cost. Customers can minimize availability risks and security risks from missed or incorrectly applied patches, while reducing overall downtime. With automatic provisioning, scaling, and tuning, customers can expect to have a 30% to 50% TCO savings over five years versus both on premise and other cloud vendors.
Oracle’s recent partnership with Microsoft combines Oracle and Microsoft technologies to support both line of business and mission-critical applications. Customers can now migrate to the cloud or build new applications while leveraging the best of both Oracle Cloud and Microsoft Azure, with seamless interoperability. This technical alliance enables customers to leverage a broader range of tools through an integrated and unified enterprise cloud solution. Organizations can deploy fully-supported, cross-cloud solutions quickly and easily with unified identity, fast interconnect, and collaborative support. The partnership provides customers with the ability to leverage and capitalize on existing investments and licenses, partnerships, skillsets, and data while achieving successful cloud migration without the need to re-architect solutions or compromise on performance or reliability. With access to their distributed data estate, customers gain enhanced visibility to support better decision making via their Oracle, Microsoft, or third-party data visualization platforms of choice.
Oracle’s expanded partnership with VMware helps customers leverage their companies’ software and cloud solutions to make the move to the cloud. Companies can run their VMware Cloud Foundation on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, enabling easy migration of VMware vSphere workloads to Oracle Cloud. Oracle will provide technical support for Oracle software running in VMware environments both in customer on-premises data centers and Oracle-certified cloud environments. Users can manage their VMware-certified stack with administrative control over matters including version management, operations and upgrade time. Additionally, customers have access to Oracle services such as Oracle Autonomous Database, Oracle Exadata Cloud Service and Oracle Database Cloud, which run in the same cloud data centers and networks, with a consistent portal and APIs.
Delivering decades-worth of innovation and technology, OpenWorld represents Oracle’s platform for inspiring breakthroughs. The core of Oracle’s company values began with the belief that the foundation of information technology is in managing information and providing customers with the tools to take advantage of it. As we look back at the innovation that the company has brought forth over the last 40 years, its purpose has not so much changed, but rather evolved to become a philosophical approach to always reimagine what’s possible. The value that Oracle’s technology delivers is in its ability to free up the imaginations of its customers so they can focus on innovation and drive impact in the world. Whether you’re creating an application to help the lives of diabetics, or elevating customer experiences to disrupt the fashion industry, the possibilities are endless - and it’s up to organizations to leverage existing technologies and define their value in today’s digital world.
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