Oracle announces general availability of Oracle Database 12c, the first database designed for the Cl
Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00
Engineers Oracle Database 12c with Oracle storage systems to deliver next level of database-to-storage performance and efficiency
Oracle recently announced the general availability of Oracle Database 12c, the first Database designed for the Cloud. Speaking on the occasion Oracle Pakistan and SAGE-W Regional Managing Director Ahsen Javed said, “The Oracle Database 12c brings to customers a new multi-tenant architecture that simplifies the process of consolidating databases onto the cloud; enabling customers to manage many databases as one – without having to change their applications.” He further added, “The innovations in Oracle Database 12c were developed keeping in mind the requirements of our customers who are looking to move to the cloud; the new multi-tenant architecture will make it so much easier for them to consolidate their databases onto the cloud securely.” Oracle Database 12c also offers customers other capabilities for cloud computing such as simplified provisioning, cloning and resource prioritisation without resorting to major application changes.
“As organisations embrace the cloud, they seek technologies that will transform business and improve their overall operational agility and effectiveness,” Oracle Asia Pacific Enterprise Technology Regional Director Kaleem Chaudhry stated. “Oracle Database 12c is a next-generation database designed to meet these needs, providing a new multi-tenant architecture on top of a fast, scalable, reliable, and secure database platform. By plugging into the cloud with Oracle Database 12c, customers can improve the quality and performance of applications, save time with maximum availability architecture and storage management and simplify database consolidation by managing hundreds of databases as one,” he added.
Oracle Database 12c introduces 500 additional features and is the result of 2,500 person-years of development and 1.2 million hours of testing, plus an extensive beta program with Oracle’s customers and partners. The foundation of Oracle Public Cloud Services, Oracle Database 12c can greatly benefit customers deploying private database clouds and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) vendors looking for the power of Oracle Database in a secure multi-tenant model. Oracle Multi-tenant works with all Oracle Database features, including Real Application Clusters, Partitioning, Data Guard, Compression, Automatic Storage Management, Real Application Testing, Transparent Data Encryption, Database Vault, and more.
Oracle also announced new database-to-storage system capabilities for customers using Oracle Database 12c with Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage Appliance and Pillar Axiom storage systems. The new capabilities enable Oracle Database users to optimise database performance, streamline storage configuration and provisioning, and quickly create new development and test environments.
In addition, to help customers efficiently manage more data, lower storage costs and improve database performance, Oracle Database 12c introduces new Automatic Data Optimisation features. The new feature, available with Oracle Advanced Compression, automatically balances and optimises performance with maximum storage footprint reduction using the massive data compression uniquely available on Oracle storage systems with Hybrid Columnar Compression (HCC).
“Oracle Storage is engineered exclusively with Oracle Database 12c to deliver optimised configuration, simplified management and the fastest performing and most efficient storage systems,” Oracle Corporation ASEAN Systems Sales Vice President Ron Goh said. “Through this combination, our customers can reap the benefits of software and hardware that is deployed, upgraded, managed and supported together,” he added.
Oracle Database 12c customers can accelerate performance of Oracle Multi-tenant pluggable databases by using the fastest NAS database performance available from the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance. Oracle Database 12c also introduces Oracle Intelligent Storage Protocol (OISP), which will enable the database to communicate directly with the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance and deliver a 65 percent reduction in administration and provisioning by dynamically and automatically tuning database performance. OISP will allow select future Oracle storage product releases to highly optimise configurations, accelerate provisioning, and auto-tune storage systems for increased performance.
Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage Appliances and Pillar Axiom storage systems are the only NAS and SAN storage that support Oracle Hybrid Columnar Compression, an Oracle Database-specific feature that typically compresses historical data by 12 times, and improves query performance an average of 5x.
Oracle Database 12c introduces several high availability features, as well as enhancements to existing technologies that enable continuous access to enterprise data. Global Data Services offers load balancing and failover to globally distributed database configurations. Data Guard Far Sync extends zero-data-loss standby protection to any distance – not limited by latency. Application Continuity complements Oracle Real Application Clusters and masks application failures from end-users by automatically replaying failed transactions.
Oracle Database 12c includes more security innovations than any other previous Oracle database release; helping customers address evolving threats and stringent data privacy regulations. New Redaction capabilities allow organisations to protect sensitive data such as credit card numbers displayed in applications – without changes to most applications. Sensitive data is redacted at run-time based on pre-defined policies and account session information. Oracle Database 12c also includes new Run-Time Privilege Analysis, enabling organisations to identify privileges and roles actually being used, helping revoke unnecessary privileges and enforce least privilege with confidence that business operations will not be disrupted.