Oracle serves up silo-busting database in the cloud

Oracle hopes its Database as a Service offering will deliver a silo-busting database option for IT businesses, aiming for automation in the cloud and freeing up resources for administrators.


The construction of siloed databases for individual projects could soon be a thing of the past if Oracle's vice president of Management, William Hardie, has his way.

According to Hardie, Oracle's DBaaS can offer businesses an automated alternative to the manual creation of dedicated, siloed databases for individual projects.

"Administrators are continually being asked to create a new database for a new customer project," said Hardie. "Right now that process is a very manual, labour intensive exercise, but going forward, that can be an automated process.

"Most IT organisations actually recognise that implementing silos isn't the most efficient way to deliver services anymore. Many are standardising the different moving parts of the sector. The next logical stage is to start implementing automation.

"The whole process can be made automatic with DBaaS, so administrators can focus on architecture rather than the more mundane task of delivering databases," he said.

For Hardie, Oracle's DBaaS offering not only represents cost savings for IT businesses and clients, it also paves the way for a much greater efficiency of infrastructure and resources for users along with the potential for greater agility.

"What we're providing is technology to make it easier for an IT organisation to reduce their costs," said Hardie. "They can make more efficient use of their infrastructure. We can automate a lot of those processes."

"We're making it easier for customers to deliver a higher quality of service and be more agile to respond to customer requests by providing an architecture to make it easier for IT organisations to be much more responsive," he said. 

Although the Oracle DBaaS is only one product among a host of cloud-based offerings offered by the company, including its platform-as-a-service and infrastructure-as-a-service products, Hardie stresses that the system can be used in conjunction with a slew of other systems in both private and public cloud deployments.

"The whole philosophy is that you should have a choice of deployment models, whether it's internal, private, or external," he said. "It is an option open to any organisation. Oracle has always given customers the ability to use its database services across different architectures and environments."

Whether local customers choose to use the Oracle DBaaS in conjunction with the company's own cloud-based products, or those of its competitors such as Amazon, what is clear to Hardie is that the Australian market is just as ready for the new technology as Oracle's customer-base in North America.

"Australia is the same distance down the cloud path as North America," said Hardie. "Most of the customers I spoke to in Australia have already got most of the Oracle database services and its key components. It's simply a matter of taking of advantage of some of the latest technology."


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