Oracle database replication not one-size-fits-all

Database replication software vendor Dbvisit is part of a small New Zealand contingent showcasing its wares off the back of the America's Cup regatta at Oracle's OpenWorld conference in San Francisco.

Oracle database replication is not a one-size-fits-all process and, as hybrid clouds are increasingly adopted, replication products will have to deliver real-time replication for hybrid environments.

That’s the message New Zealand software vendor Dbvisit will be taking to Oracle’s OpenWorld showcase in San Francisco this week.

Arjen Visser's Dbvisit is tackling hybrid cloud replication for Oracle databases

“Corporates will have some data on premise and some data in the cloud,” founder, chief executive and chief technology officer Arjen Visser said. “They need a database replication mechanism to be able to replicate between the two.”

Dbvisit, an Amazon Web Services partner, argues that requires new thinking, simplified management and new ways of combining existing technologies.

Cloud services and applications from SaaS providers are not new, but databases services such as Amazon RDS, Redshift and hybrid models are. These shifts require technology that interfaces directly into these services across large networks, Visser argues.

Dbvisit is one of just three New Zealand-based Oracle solutions providers to head North, as the New Zealand America’s Cup team struggled for one last win to seize Larry Ellison’s coveted Auld Mug.

The company will have its own stand and also feature in the New Zealand pavilion alongside Wellington-based Aviarc, a developer of social application development tools, and Kernmobile, an enterprise mobile works management solution specialising in the local government and utilities sectors.

The pavilion is specifically designed by development agency New Zealand Trade and Enterprise to showcase New Zealand tech companies off the back of the America’s Cup spectacle.

Meanwhile, Dbvisit’s message appears to be resonating. With just 24 employees, the Auckland-based firm now boasts over 700 customers in 80 countries.

Global sales manager Eric van der Sluis said Dbvisit can count the UK National Health Service, Volkswagen, Vodafone, the United Nations and the US Navy among its customers. Recent wins include the City of Vancouver, US First Citizens Bank and Saudi Arabian telco Mobily among others.

“With the ever increasing demand on data and the volume of data in databases growing rapidly, we fill a good spot,” Visser said. It’s a lower cost offering and simpler to use than Oracle’s, he said.

That success has seen the company, which has featured in the Deloitte Fast 500 fastest growing companies in Asia Pacific for the last two years, set up shop in Santa Cruz, California. It also lured Chris Lawless, formerly a senior product manager for Oracle’s GoldenGate replication product, into the fold.

“He is now product manager for Dbvisit Replicate, our competitor for GoldenGate,” Visser said. Lawless worked for GoldenGate before it was acquired by Oracle.

Dbvisit has launched three versions of Replicate and these will be promoted heavily at OpenWorld, Visser said.

“If you just want to replicate a small subset of data, why do you have to buy the full product?” he asked.

 Meanwhile, in the labs, the Dbvisit Cloud Project is under way.

 The company is developing software for the real-time movement of Oracle-based data to leading industry databases for reporting, migration, upgrades, transaction processing, business intelligence, warehousing, and other applications managed in the cloud, on-premise, or in hybrid configurations.

 60,000 attendees from 145 countries are expected at OpenWorld which will feature 3500 speakers over the next four days.