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A Self-Driving Database by Oracle

Posted on April 6, 2018 by Jayson Nowlen

Tags: Mythics Consulting, PaaS, Oracle Database, Cloud Computing, OCI

A Self-Driving Database by Oracle
By:  Jayson C. Nowlen

Oracle is revolutionizing data management with the introduction of the world’s first "self-driving" database on March 27th, 2018. This groundbreaking Oracle Database technology automates management to deliver unprecedented availability, performance, and security.  The technology built upon Database 18c, Oracle's latest database infrastructure introduced in October, along with the automated cybersecurity platform.  Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud offers nearly complete automation based on machine learning and drastically reduces human error, labor, and manual tuning.

The world’s most popular data warehouse database is now the world’s simplest and safest, leveraging decades of experience and technology leadership to transform how companies benefit from database services.  Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud is the first of many Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud services. Other services coming in the next few months include Oracle Autonomous Databasefor Transaction Processing, Oracle Autonomous NoSQL Database for fast, massive-scale reads and writes (commonly demanded by the Internet of Things), and Oracle Autonomous Graph Database for network analysis. Each of these offerings is tuned to its specific workload, and shares the defining characteristics of Oracle Autonomous Database services:

  • Self-managing - Reduces labor and human error to provision, secure, monitor, backup, recover, troubleshoot, and tune the database. Automatically upgrades and patches itself while running – so a database shutdown is not required.
  • ​​​Self-securing - Protects from external attacks and malicious internal users. Automatically applies security updates while running to protect against cyberattacks, and automatically encrypts all data.
  • Self-repairing - Provides automated protection for all planned and unplanned downtime with up to 99.995 percent availability, resulting in less than 2.5 minutes of downtime per month, including planned maintenance.

Oracle Cloud Platform offers the same capabilities in the cloud and on-premises for the greatest choice and most flexible access.  Now with a self-driving, self-repairing, and self-securing cloud platform, companies can innovate faster, increase productivity, lower costs, and benefit from enhanced security features with the most complete and open Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings.  Additionally, Oracle's Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) capabilities enable companies to run any workload in the cloud, helping to increase business value and productivity. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure encompasses: compute, storage, network, container services, and more, including migration tools that simplify how organizations migrate on-premises workloads to the cloud.

“DBAs are being asked to understand what businesses do with data rather than just the mechanics of keeping the database healthy and running.”
Penny Avril, Vice President of Product Management, Oracle Database

Not only does the technology mean databases can be ultra-secure, but it also significantly cuts down the time it takes to set up the data warehouse. Administrators don't have to manage workloads manually, even when they change, nor do they need to lift a finger when storage volumes are adjusted.  Migration to the cloud is made simple too, with full compatibility between on-premise and cloud databases.

Mythics continues to simplify and enable customers “Journey to the Cloud” by innovating and promoting cloud automation concepts and tools.  For example, Brent Seaman, Mythics VP of Cloud Solutions, highlights launching our demo environments happen through automation in his latest blog article, Handle High Demand Workloads with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Our IT Assessment is the first step for customers to evaluate and understand how cutting-edge technologies such as Oracle’s Autonomous Data Warehouse and Autonomous Database Cloud Service can be effectively applied to their business.

Jayson Nowlen, Cloud Transformation Architect, Mythics Inc.

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