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Why Run Your Critical Databases in Oracle Cloud?

Ilona Gabinsky
Principal Product Marketing Manager

Data has been created at an exponential rate and it has become a kind of capital for modern enterprises. Data has a lot of potential to transform businesses by driving new opportunities, growing revenue, and creating new markets. However, if it is not properly managed it can bring massive challenges such as data breaches that can damage a company’s reputation, or interruption of service that can lead to customer issues. With a well-executed data management strategy, organizations can gain a competitive advantage by improving operational effectiveness, and enabling better decision-making.

Integrated Data Management

Today’s organizations need a data management solution that provides an efficient way to manage data across a diverse but unified data tier. Data management systems are built on data management platforms and can include databases, data lakes and warehouses, big data management systems, data analytics, and more. A data management platform is the foundational system for collecting and analyzing large volumes of data across an organization.

Oracle offers the most complete data management portfolio for any enterprise workload and is the only company building intelligent solutions at every level. It’s a completely integrated solution with data warehouse, integration, ETL, data lake, data science and analytics services. Enterprises can perform the following activities: ingest any data (e.g. batch, streaming or real-time), store data in a warehouse or data lakes, catalog and govern, visualize and analyze. With an integrated solution, enterprises can leverage security policies across the data warehouse and data lake making it possible to query the data lake securely from the data warehouse. By having built-in support for multi-model data and multiple workloads (e.g. analytical SQL, machine learning, graph, and spatial) in a single database instance, it eliminates the complexity and administration often required with other cloud providers.

Autonomous Advantage for Data Management

Automation is critical to every business trying to improve upon, act, and learn from the data within any organization. For many businesses, AI and ML are embedded within their hardware infrastructure, software platforms, and fundamental business processes.

Oracle is at the forefront for driving autonomous technologies forward, reducing operational costs by up to 90% with a multi-model converged database and machine learning based automation for full lifecycle management. With Oracle Autonomous Database, it eliminates management complexity. It automates provisioning, configuring, securing, tuning, scaling, backing-up, and repairing data warehouses.  Oracle Autonomous Database is the only solution that auto-scales elastically and provides complete data security.

With autonomous capabilities, it helps IT improve efficiencies by lowering operating costs, eliminating costly downtime, and enabling teams to innovate more while using fewer resources.

Oracle Autonomous Database is available in two offerings:

  • Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse – optimized for analytical processing. It intelligently automates provisioning, configuring, securing, tuning, and scaling. It allows you to run a high-performance, highly available, and secure data warehouse, all while reducing costs. Follow this getting started guide to Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse and learn all the benefits that it can bring to your business.
  • Oracle Autonomous Transaction Processing – designed for high performance databases, mixed workloads and OLTP. This service includes all of Oracle’s advanced database options, such as real application clusters (RAC), multitenant, partitioning, in-memory, advanced security, and advanced compression. The service is built to support everything from simple web apps to large and sophisticated applications that are critical for business operations. Explore these videos to learn how to deploy the Autonomous Transaction Processing service for shared and dedicated infrastructure.

Cloud Security for the Entire Lifecycle of Data

As cyber-attacks become more frequent and sophisticated, it is critical for businesses to ensure the resilience of their data and systems. Yet due to a significant shortage of cybersecurity expertise, it’s difficult to find enough security operations professionals to protect these systems. Autonomous technologies allow you to discover data breaches more quickly and often avert them entirely.

Oracle Autonomous Database leverages both the Oracle Maximum Security Architecture (MSA) and Oracle operations best practices. Oracle MSA combines advanced technologies, best practices and autonomous functions to proactively protect against common attack vectors, and free up scarce security resources to focus on higher-value activity. Self-securing capabilities include encryption, access control, automated patching, and auditing. This collection of self-securing capabilities offered by the Oracle Autonomous Database is unmatched by any other cloud (or on-premises) database in the industry.

A key feature that is included with the Autonomous Database, or Oracle Database Cloud Service is Oracle Data Safe.  Data Safe is a data security cloud service that provides a comprehensive suite of security capabilities, including sensitive data discovery. It helps you identify sensitive data and mask it, flag risky users and system configurations, and monitor database activity to quickly discover suspicious attempts to access data - all in a single, unified database security control center.

Watch this video to discover how Oracle Data Safe can help you manage the security of your data in the cloud.

Migrate Your Database Seamlessly to Oracle Cloud

Organizations are looking to scale fast, reduce costs, increase productivity, and secure their data.  For most organizations, it’s not the question “if” they need to move to the cloud; it’s “how can we move and how fast.”

Oracle offers many ways for organizations to migrate their on-premises databases to Oracle Cloud using a number of different methods and tools. The method that applies to a particular scenario depends on several factors, including the version, the character set, and platform endian format of the source and target databases. Oracle offers a simple advisor that recommends the optimal migration solution based on the selection of the target and source database deployments. Additionally, Oracle automated tools make it seamless, flexible, and cost-effective to move a database to Oracle Cloud. A well-defined set of tools offers the flexibility to choose the method that best applies and find the most cost-effective solution for the migration. The tight integration of all migration tools with the Oracle Database provides control and efficiency when moving databases into the Oracle Cloud. The Maximum Availability Architecture approved tools as well as Oracle’s Zero Downtime Migration based migration ensure the migration.

The Zero Downtime Migration Service is a quick and easy way to move from on-premises to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Zero Downtime Migration leverages Oracle Active Data Guard to create a standby instance of a database in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. It provides the capability to switch over only when ready, and the source database remains available as a standby.

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Oracle is the only company delivering a complete and integrated set of cloud services and providing intelligent solutions at every level. Sign up for the Oracle Cloud Free Tier to discover the many advantages of moving critical databases to Oracle Cloud and learn what sets us apart from other providers. For more information on running a critical database in the cloud, read our e-book here.


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