Oracle unveils new solution to eliminate challenges in migrating database to Autonomous Cloud

Oracle has introduced a new autonomous and isolated private database cloud service called Autonomous Database. The company aims to provide enterprises high-level security, reliability, and control for database workload, so that they can migrate to cloud without any concerns.

“Autonomous Database Dedicated enables customers to easily transform from manually-managed independent databases on premises, to a fully-autonomous and isolated private database cloud within the Oracle Public Cloud,” said Juan Loaiza, executive vice president, Mission-Critical Database Technologies, Oracle.

“Our Autonomous Database Dedicated service eliminates the concerns enterprise customers previously had about security, isolation, and operational policies when moving to cloud.”

Oracle’s Autonomous Database is a cloud-based solution that uses machine learning algorithms to enable self-driving, self-repairing, and self-securing capabilities. These capabilities will automate the key management and security processes in database systems, such as patching, tuning and upgrading.

Oracle Autonomous Database Dedicated service will offer a customizable private database cloud to customers. This cloud will run on dedicated Exadata Infrastructure in Oracle Cloud. This means that enterprises will be able to run databases of all sizes, scale, and criticality using the new solution.

The company claimed that its new offering comes with a unique architecture to provide complete workload isolation so that the databases remain protected from both external threats and malicious internal users. It also provides customizable operational policies, so that customers have better control over database provisioning, software updates, and availability.

For developers, Oracle announced the availability of Oracle Application Express (APEX), Oracle SQL Developer Web, and Oracle REST Data Services.

Using APEX, the developers can create scalable and secure enterprise apps faster. They can also use it for importing spreadsheets and developing single source of truth web apps. It will now come pre-installed and pre-configured in Oracle Autonomous Database.

Oracle SQL Developer Web is a web interface for developers to effortlessly run queries, create tables and generate schema diagrams. Whereas, Oracle REST Data Services support will enable developers to build and deploy RESTful services for Oracle Autonomous Database.

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Oracle to set up its first datacenter in India

Oracle is looking to launch its first datacenter in India this year to provide high availability, better performance, and stronger security to customers.

For Oracle, Indian customers contribute significantly to its annual revenue. The company claims that India is the sixth biggest country for them in terms of revenue.

Several industries in the country, including BFSI (Banking, Financial Services and Insurance), telecom and manufacturing, are rapidly embracing modern technologies like machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), and IoT. This is driving the demand for datacenter.

“We see huge prospects for India which is currently the sixth biggest country in the world for us in terms of revenue standpoint. That is why we are building up a data centre for the Cloud here. I am sure that is just the first of the many data centres coming as our business grows,” told Andrew Mendelsohn, Executive Vice President, Oracle Database, to IANS.

Currently, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Microsoft Azure are the dominant datacenter providers in India. AWS has two availability zones in Mumbai; Microsoft has datacenters at Mumbai, Pune, and Chennai; whereas, Google launched its datacenter in Mumbai last year. Alibaba Cloud also has two availability zones in the same city.

Oracle’s first datacenter in India is very likely to come up in Mumbai. The cloud major will significantly compete with the leading cloud giants like AWS, Azure, and GCP.

The first datacenter will initially handle Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) workloads. The company is still working on the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) part on the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

At the Oracle OpenWorld 2018, Oracle’s Co-founder and CTO Larry Ellison had outlined the roadmap for company’s next generation datacenters.

Also read: Oracle adds self-driving database cloud service to its Autonomous database portfolio

“We have many customers and partners who want to run their business applications on our Gen 2 Cloud. Oracle will open additional regions in a number of countries, including India, to support our customers and fast-growing cloud business in the country,” said Shailender Kumar, Regional Managing Director, Oracle India.

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Oracle launches new cloud native framework for developers

Oracle has launched a new set of cloud native managed services and on-premises software for developers. Called Oracle Cloud Native Framework, the new solution capitalizes on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Oracle Linux Cloud Native Environment.

More and more organizations are looking to embrace open source solutions and cloud capabilities. However, complex choices, lack of training and fear of vendor lock-in have become barriers to them.

Oracle wants to remove these barriers with the new cloud native capabilities and offerings, whether the organizations are deploying models on public cloud, on premises or hybrid cloud.

Since Oracle is a platinum member of Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), it leverages open standards to provide developers the right solutions to meet the broad deployment requirements.

“With the growing popularity of the CNCF as a unifying and organizing force in the cloud native ecosystem and organizations increasingly embracing multi cloud and hybrid cloud models, developers should have the flexibility to build and deploy their applications anywhere they choose without the threat of cloud vendor lock-in. Oracle is making this a reality,” said Don Johnson, executive vice president, product development, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

Oracle Cloud Native Framework includes Oracle Functions, Streaming, Resource Manager, Monitoring, Notification Service, and Events.

Oracle Functions is a new serverless cloud service called Oracle Functions, which is based on the open source Fn Project. It is a scalable and multi-tenant solution that allow developers to focus on writing code to meet business demands, without much expertise about infrastructure concepts.

Resource Manager is a managed service for provisioning Oracle Cloud Infrastructure resources and services. It uses Terraform to reduce configuration errors and increase productivity by managing infrastructure declaratively.

Monitoring, Notification Service, and Events are services for observability and analysis of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). As an integrated service, the Monitoring service provides metrics from all the resources and services in OCI. There are alarms for developers to track the metrics and act on them in case the metrics vary or exceed defined thresholds.

The Notification service enables broadcasting of messages to distributed components like email and PagerDuty. Whereas, the Events service allows developers to respond to changes in the resources of OCI.

Also read: Oracle adds self-driving database cloud service to its Autonomous database portfolio

Oracle Cloud Native Framework will support both cloud native and traditional applications like WebLogic, Java, and database.

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Oracle adds self-driving database cloud service to its Autonomous database portfolio

Oracle has rolled out yet another database offering to its Autonomous Database portfolio. Called Oracle Autonomous NoSQL Database, it is a self-driving database cloud service targeted for developers.

Autonomous NoSQL Database will be delivered as a fully managed service which has been designed to handle NoSQL applications requiring low latency, data model flexibility, and elastic scaling. These kind of NoSQL applications can include UI personalization, online fraud detection, gaming, shopping carts, etc.

Powered by machine learning and automation capabilities, the new offering will be a convenient answer to the workloads that need fast and predictable responses to simple operations.

It comes with APIs which will allow developers to focus on application development, rather than managing servers, storage expansion, cluster deployments, software installation, and backup.

Oracle Autonomous NoSQL Database will automatically allocate the resources required to meet dynamic workload needs, when developers specify the throughput and capacity.

For interoperability between standard relational and standard JSON data models, the service comes with a non-proprietary SQL language. Using it, developers can run the same application in cloud or on-premises without any platform lock-in.

Along with this, it comes with software development kit and support for main development languages like Python, Node.js, and Java.

“We continue to leverage our revolutionary autonomous capabilities to transform the database market,” said Andrew Mendelsohn, executive vice president, Oracle Database.

“Our latest self-driving database cloud service, Oracle Autonomous NoSQL Database, provides extreme reliability and performance at very low costs to achieve a highly flexible application development framework.”

Since the new offering will run on Oracle Cloud infrastructure, it will automate the key management processes like patching, tuning and upgrading so that critical infrastructure can run automatically.

Also read: Oracle expands autonomous cloud portfolio with new services focused on mobile development and data integration

Oracle claimed that its new offering will provide high availability and up to 70% lower cost than Amazon DynamoDB.

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Oracle’s Zenedge acquisition protecting enterprises from digital threats

Oracle recently acquired cybersecurity startup Zenedge, to add cloud-based security services to Oracle cloud and protect enterprises from the complex digital threats.

Zenedge provides AI-based security solutions including Web Application Firewall (WAF), Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS), and Bot Manager capabilities to secure critical IT systems. These security capabilities provide enterprise-grade protection for systems deployed on cloud, on-premise, as well as hybrid cloud.

Oracle will integrate Zenedge’s capabilities into Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, and help the enterprises around the world to secure their networks, databases, applications and APIs from suspicious and malicious internet traffic. The integration will also extend Oracle’s domain name system (DNS) capabilities.

“Customers demand enterprise-grade infrastructure to run their critical business systems in the cloud,” said Don Johnson, Senior Vice President of Product Development, Oracle. “Oracle Cloud Infrastructure as a Service delivers leading cloud services to address those needs. The combination with Zenedge equips Oracle Cloud Infrastructure with integrated, next-generation network and infrastructure security, to address modern security threats.”

Oracle said that the acquisition will “allow enterprises to adopt cloud services without compromising performance, cost, control or security through an expanded Oracle Cloud Infrastructure platform”.

As per a 2017 cybercrime report, cybercrime damages will cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021. Web application and network attacks are on the rise, and common security rule-sets no longer work. Complex web applications, infrastructure and APIs require continuous protection. In such a scenario, Oracle’s move is a significant one for enterprises of all sizes.

Zenedge currently defends more than 800,000 web properties and networks through its virtual Security Operations Center (SOC) worldwide.

“Customers achieve tremendous results with Zenedge’s innovative WAF and DDoS mitigation products, from a 99% reduction in illicit website traffic to a 99.75% improvement in page load times,” said Yuri Frayman, CEO of Zenedge. “We could not be more enthusiastic about joining forces with the leader in enterprise-grade cloud infrastructure, and delivering similar results to even more customers at scale.”

Also read: Oracle adds Industry 4.0 capabilities to its IoT Cloud

The terms of the deal were not disclosed. In December last year, Oracle had acquired Aconex, an Australian cloud service provider, for $1.2 billion.


Amazon and Salesforce planning to move away from Oracle database

Amazon seems to have made some progress toward open source database technology and is likely to stop preferring Oracle database software soon.

On Tuesday, The Information said that along with AWS, Salesforce too is venturing away from Oracle. AWS and Salesforce have been using Oracle’s software for a long time, since it was one of the limited series options to build web-scale cloud computing business.

Last month, Oracle CTO Larry Ellison was asked if customers were moving away from their database, and this is what he replied- “Let me tell you who’s not moving off of Oracle, a company you’ve heard of that gave us another $50 million this last — this quarter to buy Oracle Database and other Oracle technologies. That company is Amazon. They’re not moving off of Oracle. Salesforce isn’t moving off of Oracle.”

Amazon had been trying to get rid of Oracle since 2004 when a database migration outage happened, and Amazon faced some downtime. Ellison’s statement might have added fuel to the fire.

The anonymous sources stated that Salesforce and AWS are developing their own database software. Salesforce is developing a new database called Sayonara while AWS might move toward open-source technology- NoSQL.

Oracle is supporting many major cloud providers with its database technology, and if AWS and Salesforce find some independent solution, the chances are that other Oracle database customers too might move away from it.

Also read: Nvidia prohibits datacenter deployment of GeForce GPUs

It will be interesting to see how AWS and Salesforce tackle with the database matter, because Salesforce had once tried to move away from Oracle in 2013, but eventually had to team up again.

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Hyperscale data-center count will soon touch 400-mark: Synergy Research 

As per the new data from Synergy Research Group, the number of large data centers operated by hyperscale providers will soon touch the 400-mark.

By the end of 2017, the total might be over 390, after new data center openings in China, India, and Malaysia.

US continues to dominate in cloud and internet technologies, accounting for 44% of major cloud and internet data center sites, followed by China (8%), Japan (6%) and UK (6%).

The data center sites in Australia, Germany, Singapore, Canada, India and Brazil, accounted for 3-5% each.  

The increase in massive hyperscale data centers is obvious, since more and more businesses are going for software services over the internet or private networks.

Hyperscale growth goes on unabated and we already have visibility of at least 69 more hyperscale data centers that are at various stages of planning or building. We will pass the 500 milestone before the end of 2019,” said John Dinsdale, a Chief Analyst and Research Director at Synergy Research Group. “It is remarkable that the US still accounts for almost half of all hyperscale data centers, reflecting the US dominance of cloud and internet technologies. Other countries are now featuring more prominently in terms of data center build, but even three years from now we forecast that the US will still account for some 40% of the worldwide total.”

Most of the new data center openings in 2017 were during the mid-year period, which set new data centers in Germany, UK, Singapore, Australia, Brazil, and US.

The Synergy Research Group analyzed data center sites of 24 of the major cloud and internet service firms worldwide, each of which had 16 data center sites.

The leading cloud providers─ AWS, Microsoft, IBM, and Google, had the most number of data center locations globally (each having 45 or more), followed by Oracle and Alibaba.

The other leading companies like Apple, Twitter, Facebook, etc. had their data centers primarily in either US or China.

Also read: Equinix expands its data center platform to establish interconnection between businesses worldwide

Synergy Research Group is keeping track on 69 hyperscale data centers which are either in planning or development stages. The research firm estimated that the total might cross 500 milestone by the end of 2019.

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Oracle promotes intelligent multi-cloud management and serverless deployment by open sourcing Kubernetes tools

At the KubeCon + CloudNativeCon 2017 conference in Austin, Oracle open sourced two new Kubernetes tools designed for helping developers develop container-native applications utilizing Kubernetes. This move will provide a technology stack that’s community-driven, open-sourced, cloud-neutral and integrated with container technology to enable customers to experience the flexibility of hybrid and multi-cloud deployments, without being worried for cloud lock-in.

The new projects─ Fn project Kubernetes Installer and Global Multi-Cluster Management, are integrated with the Oracle Container Native Application Development Platform, and offer developers an enterprise-grade platform to build, deploy and operate applications.

“There continue to be significant concerns by developers looking into serverless development that cloud providers are leading them into a lock-in situation and away from industry standards,” said Mark Cavage, vice president of software development at Oracle. “The Oracle Container Native Application Development Platform, along with the new tools introduced today, are built on top of Kubernetes and provide an open source based, community driven, and thus, cloud-neutral, integrated container native technology stack that prevents cloud lock-in while enabling the flexibility of true hybrid and multi-cloud deployments.”

Fn project Kubernetes Installer

The Fn project Kubernetes Installer is built upon Oracle’s container-native serverless platform Fn project which the company announced in October this year at Oracle OpenWorld. Oracle said that the Fn project supports every programming language, and can be run on any cloud or on-premise.

Fn Project Kubernetes Installer, the Helm Chart for Fn, enables the developers to install and run Fn on any Kubernetes environment including Oracle’s new managed Kubernetes service called Oracle Container Engine Cloud (OCE) Service.

Global Multi-Cluster Management

It consists of a range of new cluster management features for Kubernetes federation, enabling organizations to intelligently manage large scale applications that are multi-region, hybrid, or multi-cloud.

Using these capabilities, the customers can create and auto-scale global applications or spot clusters as per demand, along with enabling hybrid scenarios and cloud migrations.

It makes intelligent decisions to ensure that the clusters are created, sized and destroyed only when needed on the basis of requested application deployments. No clusters will be created in case no application deployment requests are found.

The Oracle Container Native Application Development Platform and its serverless tools working on top of Kubernetes, address the challenges associated with the application of rules to container native deployments like regional affinity, service quality, compliance, cost and performance.

Also read: Oracle acquires Wercker with an objective to target developers

Fn project Kubernetes Installer and Global Multi-Cluster Management are available for technical preview.

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New Handy Backup Add-on Lets Users Back up PostgreSQL databases

Three weeks after releasing Handy Backup for Yandex.Disk, Novosoft LLC today launched an add-on for Handy Backup that helps users back up PostgreSQL databases in a simple and convenient way.

To meet market’s need of information safety, we have implemented advanced support for PostgreSQL backup in Handy Backup. Our new solution is one of the most reliable ways to perform PostgreSQL backup and, I hope, will be appreciated by users. – Aleksey Dolgushev, Business Development Head, Handy Backup.

Some of the salient features of the PostgreSQL backup function of Handy Backup are:

  • The advanced Database Backup plug-in uses the  Hot Backup technology to let users back up PostgreSQL tables located on both local and remote computers without stopping them.
  • The plug-in has a smart scheduler that needs users to define a backup plan only once, following which  the program runs backup and restore tasks automatically, on a minute to monthly basis.
  • The software can be launched as a Windows service and  performs backups on time without needing the user to log in.
  • Backup functions are carried out in  the background at good speed by a  Multi-threaded transfer engine that keeps the system resource consumption minimal.
  • Handy Backup provides assured protection for backups: all copies can be saved with advanced encryption and can be protected by password.
  • PostgreSQL backups could be saved to hard drives, local and remote servers including FTP/SFTP/FTPS servers, WebDav storage, and popular cloud storages such as Amazon S3, Google Drive and others.
  • All copies could be saved with ZIP-compression to minimize required storing space.
  • The Database Backup plug-in  lets users back up MySQL, make Oracle backup, copy MSSQL, back up MS Access, back up DB2, backup FoxPro, backup Interbase, and other databases.

PostgreSQL is used by both  individual programmers and enterprises like Skype, Sony,Yahoo!,  and BASF. The system is developed by the community of companies and developers around the globe.

Some of the salient benefits of the PostgreSQL backup function of Handy Backup are:

  • User-friendly interface: Ability to set up a fully automatic backup plan in less time.
  • Security of   backups: Copies can be protected with advanced encryption algorithms and password.
  • Automatic ZIP backup compression: Helps minimize storage space required for backup copies.
  • Novosoft Remote Backup Service: Customers can store their data in a remote secured underground shelter using Novosoft’s  Online Backup Service.

“PostgreSQL is one of the fastest, most widely used, and reliable free database management systems. It satisfies the requirements of all kinds of consumers: it’s popular among individual programmers and is also used by large corporations,”  said Aleksey Dolgushev, Business Development Head, Handy Backup.

“To meet market’s need of information safety, we have implemented advanced support for PostgreSQL backup in Handy Backup. Our new solution is one of the most reliable ways to perform PostgreSQL backup and, I hope, will be appreciated by users,” – he added.

PostgreSQL functionality is included in business editions of Handy Backup (Small Server and Network Server) and can be added to other versions through a purchase of a respective plug-in.

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Microsoft Announces Enterprise Partnership With Oracle; Financial Terms of The Deal Not Disclosed

Microsoft today announced that it has partnered with Oracle. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Now our customers will be able to take advantage of the flexibility our unique hybrid cloud solutions offer for their Oracle applications, middleware and databases, just like they have been able to do on Windows Server for years.
Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft.

Very recently, Microsoft also partnered with Skype to enable the Lync-Skype connectivity.

As per the official blog post, the key elements of partnership are:

  • Customers can now run supported Oracle software – including Java, Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server – on Windows Server Hyper-V and in Windows Azure.
  • Oracle now provides license mobility for customers who want to run Oracle software on Windows Azure.
  • Microsoft will now add Infrastructure Services instances with popular configurations of Oracle software including Java, Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server to the Windows Azure image gallery.
  • Microsoft will offer fully licensed and supported Java in Windows Azure.
  • Oracle will offer Oracle Linux, with a variety of Oracle software, as preconfigured instances on Windows Azure.

The partnership is especially beneficial for Java developers, IT professionals and businesses who can now will benefit from the flexibility to deploy fully supported Oracle software to Windows Server Hyper-V and Windows Azure.

Oracle Support policies as they apply to Oracle software running in Windows Azure or on Windows Server Hyper-V are covered in two My Oracle Support (MOS) notes which are shown below:

Oracle Microsoft Partneship
MOS Note 1563794.1 Certified Software on Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V – NEW
Microsoft Partners with Oracle
MOS Note 417770.1 Oracle Linux Support Policies for Virtualization and Emulation – UPDATED

“Microsoft is deeply committed to giving businesses what they need, and clearly that is the ability to run enterprise workloads in private clouds, public clouds and, increasingly, across both,” said Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft.

“Now our customers will be able to take advantage of the flexibility our unique hybrid cloud solutions offer for their Oracle applications, middleware and databases, just like they have been able to do on Windows Server for years,” he added.

“Our customers’ IT environments are changing rapidly to meet the dynamic nature of the world today,” said Mark Hurd, President, Oracle.

“At Oracle, we are committed to providing greater choice and flexibility to customers by providing multiple deployment options for our software, including on-premises, as well as public, private, and hybrid clouds. This collaboration with Microsoft extends our partnership and is important for the benefit of our customers,” he added.

For more information on Oracle software licensing in Windows Azure, click here.

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