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Oracle Database 12.2 is now available...and it's time to start your upgrade path for your on-premise installation...but wait. You may want to check it out as a Cloud implementation.




Larry Ellison's keynote was great fun last week at Oracle OpenWorld. But turn down the volume and look at what we've got: The Oracle Database Cloud Service is an affordable, enterprise-class "data management cloud" that includes Oracle Database 12.2 innovations like RAC, In-Memory, Multitenant, and Exadata. All the things you rely on in your enterprise data center.


You say: my data management implementation is extraordinary and complex. And it's working.


Really? First of all, I don't know any DBA who isn't always looking for a way to deliver greater performance and reliability. It's like you are so rarely satisfied. And Oracle knows this. Here's something else we know:


Your users are innovating fast and want to develop and deploy apps as quickly as possible. You can rely on basic system automation to help support this typical Dev/Ops challenge, or you can leverage the streamlined provisioning and automated administration offered by Oracle Database Cloud Service. It will permit your developers to spin up database schemas or full database instances for dev/test quickly and consistently. With the Oracle Database Cloud Service, you can deliver a high-performing database with integrated tools that enable developers to rapidly build and run Oracle Application Express and Java applications.


Oracle ACE Director Bjoern Rost, a senior consultant from Pythian, discusses this scenario and the value moving to the cloud delivers to the Enterprise DBA:



And Robert Greene, Director of Product Management for the Oracle Data Management Cloud  gives an overview of Oracle Database Cloud Services and how it delivers the DevOps capabilities you need:



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During an interview with Beda Hammerschmidt at Oracle OpenWorld this week, I had a chance to get the details behind the JSON updates in Oracle 12.2.

We also talked about why Developers love JSON.


It was cool because Beda would start the sentence talking about developers in general, but usually around the 20th word the words "me, my, and I " would slip in.


That was when I knew no matter how cool the new JSON features in Oracle Database 12.2 are, (and they the clip below)  I had to ask the question...What's it like to be a developer at Oracle?  It's a fun interview for sure.


Click on the Picture Below to watch the interview on Youtube.


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Let's talk about Securing the Big Data Lifecycle. 


We all have seen demos or attended tutorials with extraordinary examples of integrating, analyzing and making business decisions based on Big Data. And I always wonder...who's data is that anyway? Consider the nature and character of Big Data for a moment. What we have here is ubiquitous and indiscriminate data collection from a wide range of devices. Add to that unexpected uses of collected data, especially without customer consent. And that could possibly lead to unintended data breach risks with larger consequences.


It will be a great challenge.

You need a plan.


MIT Technology Review published this whitepaper addressing these issues.


Give it a read to set your mind at ease about how to secure your data, no matter how big.


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Hey, Hey DBAs--Do you have a plan for implementing a Database Cloud?


Here's what you need to know:


DBaaS is a cloud model that enables users to request database environments by choosing from a pre-defined service catalog using a self-service provisioning framework.


The key benefits of these database clouds are agility and faster deployment of database services.


Organizations are looking at DBaaS because it can simplify IT infrastructures and automate provisioning processes. So it makes it possible to deliver database functionality to many users and multiple divisions from the same hardware and software infrastructure.  



What's the ideal Oracle DBaaS configuration?


Start with Oracle Database 12c. Its multitenant architecture option makes it possible to enable DBaaS as part of a comprehensive cloud strategy. It allows collections of pluggable databases to be easily managed as a single entity, which maximizes consolidation density and simplifies administration.


The next key element:  Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c. It's designed to manage the entire database cloud deployment lifecycle, from planning, testing and deployment to ongoing operations and performance monitoring.


Finally, the exceptional deployment platform for DBaaS:  Oracle Exadata.  A fully integrated and sophisticated engineered system from Oracle that supports multiple deployment models, multiple workloads and multiple service levels from one integrated, optimized platform.

So, start thinking about the Database Cloud, deploying DBaaS and the value it can bring to your environment.                 

Here are some expert resources to help you come up to speed.



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There's a lot to talk about when it comes to JSON support in Oracle Database 12c. A big part of that story is Oracle REST Data Services. But there's more to it. Oracle 12c has a key set of API's:  Simple Oracle Document Access (SODA).   And it's important.


Here's the deal:


Oracle Database supports storing, indexing and querying JSON documents in the database. But the picture is completed by document-centric API's for accessing JSON documents.




Introducing Simple Oracle Document Access (SODA)

SODA, the set of APIs specifically designed to support schemaless application development.                                             

There are 2 SODA implementations:


  1. SODA for Java-- a programmatic document-store interface for Java Developers that uses JDBC to communicate with the database. SODA for Java consists of a set of simple classes that represent a database, a document collection and a document. Methods on these classes provide all the functionality required to manage and query collections and work with JSON documents stored in an Oracle Database.

  3. SODA for REST-- a REST-based document store interface implemented as a Java servlet and delivered as part of Oracle REST Data Services (ORDS) 3.0. Applications based on SODA for REST use HTTP to communicate with the Java Servlet. The SODA for REST Servlet can also be run under the database's native HTTP Server. HTTP verbs such as PUT, POST, GET, and DELETE map to operations over JSON documents. Because SODA for REST can be invoked from any programming or scripting language that is capable of making HTTP calls, it can be used with all modern development environments and frameworks.


Want to see it in action?

Check out the oracle/json-in-db repository on Github. You'll find downloadable and installable demonstrations for the JSON capabilities of Oracle Database and later.                                           


And get more details about Oracle as a Document Store from OTN.


Join the ORDS discussion space on the OTN Community Platform here.




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