Oracle’s OpenWorld: New Computing Technologies Announced
The last time I was at Oracle OpenWorld Sun was an exhibitor and sponsor, an iPad was something you got from an optometrist and if you asked somebody what their cloud strategy was they might tell you that they were bringing an umbrella. Yes, a lot has changed in the past few years and it’s very apparent that we haven’t even begun to touch the surface of where we are going.
Very soon we’re going to be generating an unthinkable amount of data. Sensors in our cars, in our homes and even on our crops are going to provide vast amounts of data. In the very recent past terabytes or petabytes were considered massive amounts of data. It’s not unthinkable that before the end of the decade the world will have a total storage capacity well into the multiple zettabyte range. This data will contain a gold mine worth of information. But like a gold mine it’s going to take a lot of panning to get to the gold.
Saving data for analysis is nothing new. For years many organizations saved endless amounts in the anticipation that someday that data may become useful. From what was on display and was being discussed at OpenWorld that day has definitely arrived.
There is suddenly a new thirst for computing power that hasn’t been seen in years. Five years ago it was acceptable to wait a day or two for complex algorithms to run. Now people want to know why things are taking so long when they sit and wait a few seconds for a response.
Over the past thirty five years Oracle has expanded from a database company into an organization that provides a full suite of services and solutions designed to drive the global economy forward at an ever increasing rate. Specific industry solutions for verticals such as Aerospace, Engineering, Banking and Life Sciences allow efficiencies to be reached and discoveries made that were unthinkable in the recent past.
At Oracle OpenWorld Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle, introduced new offerings that will provide the foundation for what’s to come from Oracle and computing in the future.
Probably the most stirring announcement was that Oracle is going to be offering both public and private cloud services. As more and more business move to cloud platforms they are able to achieve things that once were only possible by organizations with nine-figure IT budgets. The benefits of economies of scale are now realized by the cloud provider who can easily distribute and pass those savings on to the customer. This allows smaller organizations to cost effectively expand their computing initiatives. Another key benefit is that with Oracle managing the application and system layers in their cloud it allows business to focus on why they need solutions in the first place – to solve their business problems.
While there are other cloud providers out there, Oracle has the unique advantages of understanding the inner workings of the systems and applications that many organizations run. This knowledge is what led to the enhanced development of Oracle’s engineered systems such as the Exadata which brings us to the next announcement, the Exadata X3.
The X3 is an Engineered System that now can hold an incredible 220TB of data in memory. A combination of DRAM, flash and data compression allows for this previously unreachable density. This platform allows high end analytics that seemed impossible a short time ago to now be executed with ease. One of the most remarkable features on display was the ability run data analytics in real-time.
Another new product on the horizon for Oracle is the new version of Oracle Database which will be appropriately versioned 12c. Due to be released in 2013, Oracle 12c will provide a revolutionary new feature to support multitenacy known as pluggable databases. This will allow data to be secured at the database layer that was previously secured at the application layer. Compromising an application will no longer put other data in the database at risk. This will allow providers to more securely develop solutions that model the current cloud and virtualization design patterns that we see today.
Not forgotten is the next generation SPARC chip, the Athena. This enhanced CPU is rumored to be released sometime in 2013. The era of the Athena should show just how innovate a design can be when tightly integrated with the software that will run on it. As CPUs have evolved, functions such as math processing, video processing or audio processing that were previously executed outside the CPU have moved into CPU. The next logical step which is being taken by Oracle and Fujitsu is to move more pieces of software into the CPU. This is leading to mind bending performance results.
Many other Oracle solutions were on display at OpenWorld that are sure to be used by each and every one of us even if we’re not aware of it. As usual the conference floor contained the popular Oracle DEMOgrounds which consist of a running demo of just about every oracle product on the market today. Numerous other vendors had their own solutions on display – many of them focusing on data analytics, mobile computing, high performance flash storage and solution integration. I took a key interest in solution integration because we focus on that here at Corporate Technologies. It’s crucial to ensure that your business processes are in line with the technology being implemented.
Attending Oracle OpenWorld 2012 was a great experience from both a business and technological perspective. I talked to many people, both Oracle customers and Oracle employees to gain a better insight of where things are moving in the future. One thing is sure – the level of business knowledge required by people who work with technology is increasing more and more every day. To succeed today you need to understand why you are implanting something far more than what you are implementing.
I look forward to seeing the release of these new products and solutions and being a large part of our first successful deployments of each of them within our customers’ data centers.