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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.

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Oracle acquires Wercker with an objective to target developers

Oracle corporation, leading cloud and application service provider through an official statement on Monday announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Wercker, a Dutch startup which empowers developers to test and deploy code at a rapid pace. The terms of deals have not been disclosed as it is subject to some customary closing conditions. Per records both the companies will be operating independently till the final transaction closes.

Oracle said that, “Wercker empowers organizations and their development teams to achieve continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) goals with micro-services and Docker.

Both Oracle and Wrecker believe that developers can greatly benefit by focusing on building innovative products and applications.

Oracle is building a leading IaaS and PaaS platform as the foundation for a new generation of cloud computing,” as per Oracle’s official statement. “A leading cloud needs great tooling and adding Wercker’s container lifecycle management to Oracle’s Cloud provides engineering teams with the developer experience they deserve to build, launch and scale their applications. Together, Oracle and Wercker will democratize developer tooling for the modern cloud.

In a FAQ session for customers and partners, Oracle also confirmed its roadmap to invest more on Wercker once the transaction closes.

Oracle said, “We expect this will include more functionality and capabilities at a quicker pace. In addition, Wercker customers will benefit from better integration and alignment with Oracle’s other product offerings.

Talking about its decision to join Oracle, Wercker said through the company’s blog, “Joining forces with Oracle means we have aligned with a hyper scale cloud provider that will enable us to bring our vision of Docker-based developer lifecycle management to a broader range of customers and applications, while increasing the pace of innovation for our existing customers. In the near term, our team, free community edition, and relentless focus on the developer experience remain unchanged.

Oracle and Wercker together aim to democratize developer tooling for the modern cloud.