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Top Five Takeaways from Oracle OpenWorld 2015

Steve Woody, CommitDBA President

January 8, 2016

Oracle OpenWorld 2015 was held in San Francisco from October 25th through the 29th with a reported 50K+ attendees. The conference featured more than 2,500 sessions and 3,000 speakers. As President of CommitDBA services, which manages Oracle and SQL Server databases across the U.S. and Canada, I focused on all platforms surrounding the Oracle 12c database stack. With so many sessions and topics being featured at Oracle OpenWorld, it is a difficult task to name the top Oracle news and items. Nevertheless, these are my Top Five takeaways from the conference.

1. Oracle 12c Features

Listed below are 12.1 enhancements.
  • Oracle Automatic Data Optimization (ADO) with automatic tiering and smart compression.
  • Data Guard Far Sync with zero data loss over far distances.
  • Application Continuity with replay of failed transaction.
  • Data Redaction with masking of application data dynamically.
  • Advanced Security with FIPS 140 support and Oracle Key Vault.
  • Pattern Matching with sophisticated inter row pattern analysis.
  • Big Data SQL with simple data integration of Oracle and Hadoop.
  • Performance Improvements with index compression, attribute clustering, zone maps, full database caching, and approximate count distinct.
  • Rapid Home Provisioning with a central location for fast and efficient patching.

Listed below are 12.2 enhancements. Version 12.2 is currently in beta and is scheduled for release in early 2016.
  • Oracle Multitenant - Planned enhancements include online movement of pluggable databases between servers, data centers and the Oracle Cloud.
  • Refinements to Oracle Database In-Memory - Features to boost performance, automate management, and provide flexibility in deployment options are planned.
  • Enhanced Support for Big Data Analytics - In addition to enhancements to Database In-Memory, plans include improved spatial performance and support for graph analytics.
  • Hundreds of Other New Features - Drivers for all the key programming languages and frameworks have been enhanced. The release includes improvements to all the other main areas of customer interest including security, high availability, scalability, performance, and manageability.

2. Oracle GoldenGate 12.2

Oracle GoldenGate is Oracle’s premium tool and platform with regards to data analytics, business intelligence, enterprise data integration and governance along with business continuity. In version 12.2 the following functions will be introduced or enhanced:
  • Metadata in Trail - Self Describing Trail files for Simplified User Experience.
  • Parameter Simplification - Verify run-time Parameters and Parameter Check Utility for Productivity and Operational Simplicity.
  • Automatic Heartbeat - Real-time end-to-end replication lag Operational Ease of Use.
  • Improved Big Data Support - Brand new Replicat for Big Data targets to enable seamless integration with Big Data.
  • Expanded Heterogeneity - Brings Support for New Databases and Enhancements to Existing Supported Platforms.
  • Cloud Ready – GoldenGate Cloud Service.
  • Enhanced Monitoring & Performance - New Metrics for Diagnostics and Reduced CPU Usage for Extract and Replicat.
  • Expanded Oracle Support - Invisible Column support, Datapump and Clusterware Integration.

3. Security in Silicon with Oracle's new SPARC M7

For the first time, Silicon Secured Memory adds real-time checking of access to data in memory to help protect against malicious intrusion and flawed program code in production for greater security and reliability. Silicon Secured Memory protection is utilized by Oracle Database 12c by default and is simple and easy to turn on for existing applications. Oracle is also making application programming interfaces available for advanced customization.

New breakthrough performance with Hardware-assisted Encryption built into all 32 cores of the SPARC M7 which enables uncompromised use without performance penalty. This gives customers the ability to have secure runtime and data for all applications even when combined with wide key usage of AES, DES, SHA, and more. Existing applications that use encryption, including Oracle, third-party, and custom applications, will be automatically accelerated by this new capability.

4. Oracle Public Cloud Machine

Previously, Oracle only offered private cloud services with their Oracle Cloud Platform that enabled customers to run their applications with Oracle databases or run Oracle EBS applications in the cloud. With Oracle’s announcement of the Oracle Public Cloud Machine, customers can run multiple environments with Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS). The public cloud offers enormous agility, cost, and customer experience benefits as public cloud leaders Amazon (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud have provided.

Oracle Public Cloud Machine will be an on-premise Oracle Cloud Platform running the same software and hardware as Oracle Cloud and offering 100 percent compatibility with Oracle Cloud. Using a platform deployed at the customer’s Platform data center, Oracle Public Cloud Machine will deliver the identical PaaS and IaaS software used on the Oracle Cloud Platform, enabling customers to address their specific business or regulatory requirements, data control and data location needs, and providing the ability to interface with private cloud deployments as well.

5. Zero Downtime Updates for Oracle Linux

Ksplice, now available as part of Oracle Linux, updates the Linux operating system (OS) kernel while it is running, without a reboot or any interruption. This allows you to diagnose issues in Oracle 12c production environments without impacting running systems and to apply updates (bug and security errata or diagnostic builds) without rebooting the system.

Linux kernel security updates with important new security and reliability patches are released about once per month. Industry regulations and best practices require companies to apply these security updates and patches regularly because security is compromised by a failure to update. System administrators are forced to choose between known best practices and system reboots that are costly and disruptive. Since Ksplice is fully integrated with Oracle Linux, Oracle Linux Premier Support customers can apply updates without rebooting – increasing the security, reliability, and availability of Oracle Linux. Zero-day attacks like Heartbleed can now be rapidly patched with no downtime.

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