Today, Mon Sept 16, was day 1 of Oracle OpenWorld. It was a busy day filled with a full set of sessions across all of Oracle’s technology pillars. Outlined are 5 key updates from day 1:
- Oracle has made significant investments in its Gen 2 Cloud infrastructure. Larry Ellison gave his keynote speech today on Oracle’s Gen 2 cloud infrastructure. Key points below:
- Announced autonomous Oracle Linux
- Significant increase in data centers by end of 2020. Oracle is projected to have 36 Oracle regions by end of 2020 vs 25 AWS regions
- Expanding multi cloud innovation agreement with Microsoft
- New Exadata machine with persistent memory built in (yes that means an entire database can reside permanently in memory – which means extremely low latency for data access)
- New ‘always free’ level for Oracle Gen 2 Cloud. Anyone can use a certain amount of Oracle Cloud resources for free indefinitely.
- Andy Mendelsohn of the Database group debunked the following myths about the Oracle database:
- Myth: “Oracle is a relational database, so it cannot manage and analyze unstructured data”
- Truth: The Oracle database is a multi-model database and can manage and analyze unstructured data like JSON, Parquet, etc.
- Myth: “Oracle is a poor fit for modern paradigms like microservices and clouds”
- Truth: Oracle’s pluggable database architecture (PDB) is a perfect fit for microservices architectures.
- Myth: “Exadata is a lock-in product”
- Truth: Oracle database supports the same developer API’s everywhere – on-premises, on Exadata and in the cloud.
- Oracle Analytics Server (OAS), which is the on-premises version of Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC) is scheduled for release in December 2019. All OBIEE customers are automatically licensed for OAS – there is no new contract to sign or product to buy. OAS will have the same advanced functionality as OAC.
- The next version of Oracle Analytics Cloud will have a single, unified home screen where the user can access all objects in OAC including Answers reports, Answers dashboards, Data Viz visualizations, Data Sets, Data Flows, etc.
- In approximately the next year the metadata repository (ie the RPD) for OAC will be converted into a JSON-based, Cloud native application. The new RPD development platform will be integrated with GIT for source and version control.
Data and analytics are a key theme at this year’s Oracle OpenWorld. Oracle is taking a lot of steps to ensure that customers can leverage their full data footprint for better business decisions.