At last year’s Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle’s Executive Chairman and CTO, Larry Ellison, introduced the autonomous database, and earlier this month announced the latest Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud Service, Oracle Autonomous Transaction Processing.
The SmarterCX team recently met with Vikki Kolbe, Senior Vice President of GBU Cloud Services at Oracle, and we asked Vikki to explain what an autonomous database is and what it’s used for.
Watch our interview with Vikki and read the breakdown of business drivers and benefits of the Oracle Autonomous Database below.
My name is Vikki Kolbe, and I’m the Senior Vice President of the GBU Cloud Services team here at Oracle.
I get asked the question about the Oracle Autonomous Database all the time. And what I like to do is start with the business drivers.
Business driver 1: Talented people doing mundane tasks
We have hundreds of thousands of customers that use the Oracle database. And so, when I meet with CIOs, and General Managers, and CEOs, they say to me, “Vikki, you have to find a way to take the mundane but required activities out of what my people work on.” Now, bringing them to the cloud, we certainly shift that work, but it’s still work to be performed.
If I could say to you, you could gain 30% of your staff’s time back — and these are brilliant people, database people — to work on data-centric strategies, data modeling, work with your data scientists on real solutioning … I think everybody would take me up on that offer. So that’s one business driver.
Business driver 2: Multiplying security vulnerabilities
The next one really is security.
We’re at the new normal. There are vulnerabilities coming out and being identified hourly, not daily, not weekly, so we — all of us — providers, cloud providers, on-premise, internal IT people, we put an enormous amount of our effort in patching systems.
So, we cannot do security the same old way. Meaning, rely on a patching cycle, have it happen once a month, and oh by the way, everybody’s global, so when you patch on these systems, you take the systems down, you have to have zero downtime and … we are in the new normal, and we have to be secure.
Business driver 3: Human error
The last part is human errors. I wish I could tell you that when we have an issue, or a customer has an issue, that it’s some complex database issue or some complex core switch in the infrastructure went off the air. And yes, sometimes that happens, but 40 to 50% of the time it’s human error.
Benefit 1: Self-driving through machine learning
What the Autonomous Database does is, number one, it is self-driving.
Self-driving means the Autonomous Database is going to understand what’s acceptable tolerance and what’s not, understand acceptable performance and what’s not, and it’s done through machine learning.
Autonomous through machine learning is a capability. And it’s understanding how to drive that database, to meet its SLA, to deliver to the configuration in an autonomous way, meaning no database DBA needs to get involved in that.
Benefit 2: Self-patching
The other part of self-driving is patching. It understands, relating to the patching discussion, what patch level should I be at, what is my criticality, what’s my risk factor, can I apply this patch?
Benefit 3: Self-repair
The other part is, it’s self-repairing. So self-repairing says, I can see I’m going to run out of table space, I better do something about that before it goes critical. I can see that I am falling over due to this schema problem, I’m going to correct this, I’m going to alert on this, I’m going to correct this.
Benefit 4: Security
The other part is on security. It understands and knows — and there are a lot of algorithms that go into this — what needs to be done, what vulnerabilities, what levels it needs to be at, and it performs those and stays current with what you need it to be current at.
The power of the Autonomous Database, and why I believe only Oracle could come up with it because of our roots, is we are the ones that, since the 70s, have developed, deployed, supported more databases in production environments around the world than any other vendor.
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