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Key Takeaways from Oracle Open World

It’s a wrap from Oracle Open World. What a blast it was. It is always great to hear Larry speak and share his vision. There were many strategic announcements at the event and many more from the vendor eco-system. If you are in the infrastructure space, here are the top 3 takeaways from Oracle Openworld.

Oracle VMware Partnership: Win-Win-Win

It was big news at Oracle World last week. Arch rival VMware got into a partnership with Oracle, akin to sleeping with the enemy. Hitherto, there was no support for Oracle running on VMware, but we all know customers deployed it anyway. The move to the cloud changed everything.

Oracle clearly is trying to catch up with the big three cloud providers and need those workloads migrating to Oracle Cloud. They may have announced Enhanced Autonomous Database, Autonomous Linux OS, but at the end of the day, it is the VMware workloads that Oracle has been eyeing. VMware dominates the data center, and hybrid cloud is the lynchpin to long term cloud migration. So it is not surprising for Oracle to jump on the bandwagon and change tunes on VMware. Until now Oracle on VMware was not even a supported configuration. Oracle Open World 2019 changed that for good. “VMware is delighted that for the first time, Oracle will officially offer technical support for Oracle products running on VMware. This is a win-win for customers,” said Sanjay Poonen, Chief Operating Officer, Customer Operations, VMware in the official press release. It is a win-win-win situation all the way for VMware, Oracle and the customers.

Cut your AWS bill by 50%

If you heard the keynote, Larry mentioned AWS more than a few times. He claimed, ‘Oracle can cut your AWS bill in half’. This is a continuation of a campaign Oracle had embarked on earlier this year which presumably ended March 2019. Apparently not so. 

I quote Larry Ellison verbatim here. It explains the rationale and the math: “It costs way less to run Oracle Autonomous Database than to run Redshift, Aurora, or any Amazon database. Well, the Oracle Autonomous Database not only eliminates human errors, but it’s configured in such a way that the network can fail, and the system keeps running, that a server can fail, and the system keeps running. It’s a fault-tolerant system. That’s why we’re at least 25 times more reliable than Amazon. I think I might change it next year to 100 times. Oracle Autonomous database is much, much, much faster than Redshift. Now, we showed actually, the Oracle Autonomous Database being seven, eight times faster than Redshift when you are doing analytics. Aurora is their best transactional database. We were, again around eight or nine times faster. They’re 7x slower. That means they’re 7x more expensive. That’s why it’s so easy for us to guarantee. You take any application off an Amazon database, move it to Oracle we’ll guarantee bringing your Amazon bill, we’ll guarantee that bill will go in half.”

Improving the life of DBAs

If you were anywhere near the Moscone center, you couldn’t get away from Larry talking about autonomous databases. It’s a promise I look forward to, as it simplifies the life of DBAs some of them who manage tens of databases on a regular basis.  Autonomous databases promise to handle many of the routine chores including maintenance, scalability, security, and database tuning without human involvement; automatically at scale. Machine learning and Artificial Intelligence will play a key role in storage and memory management,  database tuning and security. Machine learning is also expected to automatically and continuously patch, tune, back up, and upgrade the system without manual intervention, all while the system is running.

In the meantime, if you have any challenges with cloning of your Oracle database or protecting it, please do not hesitate to contacts your friends at Actifio!

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