Bright Forecast for the Oracle Cloud
There are three new cloud solutions published this week for mission critical workloads on the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud: Oracle, SAP, and Microsoft. Each enterprise cloud offers new functionality but I’ll focus on Oracle Database-as-a-Service. The Enterprise Hybrid Cloud (EHC) brings together products and engineering to create one of the most advanced clouds for traditional applications. This is not a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) IT Organization project that spans months but rather a fully engineered solution that has been tested and offers world-class single call support.
In a recent study by DBTA called, “The Empowered Database: 2016 Enterprise Platform Decisions Survey” more than 200 DBAs and other IT Professionals indicated that the two big challenges with increasing automation are infrastructure management and costs. This DBTA study is going to be published soon and I’ll update the blog with the link when it’s available. VMware vSphere virtualization has solved the challenge by increasing automation for provisioning and business continuity/DR but customers are still encountering hurdles for monitoring and backup & recovery. The Enterprise Hybrid Cloud raises the level of automation across all functions and accelerates Database-as-a-Service for Oracle DBAs. Oracle DBaaS features include:
- Provisioning Oracle RAC & Single Instance – users can select the type of database from self-service portal and have it published in minutes
- Day 2 Operations – Add new disks(s) to Oracle ASM disk groups
- OEM 12c Cloud Control 12c – Automate adding or removing OEM Cloud Control for DBA management
- Pluggable Database Migration – Copy PDB users, objects and code between Oracle CDBs for migration automation
New for Oracle DBaaS on EHC 4.0 is RAC provisioning. Oracle Real Application Clusters is a high availability architecture that provides resiliency and scalability. Experienced DBAs can easily install Oracle RAC but the challenge is time. It’s more productive for the DBA to be learning new technologies that aligns with business initiatives than doing a routine task like installing Oracle RAC. Using Oracle DBaaS to automate the provisioning of Oracle RAC saves the DBA time. Let’s take a moment to consider how important time is to the DBA or for that matter anyone in the IT Organization. Most IT Teams are being asked to do more with the same number of people and little in the way of budget increases. There is also the pressure to embrace the cloud and the automation it offers but the difficultly is choosing the right cloud.
Some clouds are silos for databases that have special features. Other clouds are hands-off leaving the DBA and other IT professionals little in the way of gaining more experience in managing the database infrastructure. All these cloud solutions can save time but they limit the role of the DBA. The Enterprise Hybrid Cloud saves time but because it’s an on premise cloud that encourages customization to match the needs of the business the DBA actually has the opportunity to learn more and work collaboratively on cloud technologies. For example, the DBA can learn how to create vRealize Automation blueprints or work with Puppet to manage compliance. Learning cloud technologies can lead to more automation from the DBA team. For example, the DBA team can extend provisioning to multiple applications that are integrated. Saving time is good for the business but the best case is it also benefits the DBA by not limiting the opportunity to expand their experience.
More on Oracle DBaaS coming soon!