The problem with coming up with a simple solution is that most developers equate simplicity with stripping away major features and functionality, thus making the solution inutile. With Oracle, you are in good hands as they do not subscribe to this idea. John Fowler has said in his keynote speech at the Oracle OpenWorld 2014 that Oracle does not believe in dumbing down its products, although it is doing its best to make it simpler for businesses to solve and tackle complex problems.
Fowler is an executive vice president for Oracle and he is part of the team that is working on a new high performance computer technology that ushers in what we consider as the real-time enterprise. And it is not just for the big multinationals. They are working on a product that everyone could use and access.
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How does Oracle do that?
During his talk, Fowler revealed that Oracle is making use of generic technologies. These are the technologies that you use when you build your own systems, such as the operating systems, and storage and network interfaces. Most probably when you go DIY, you will be getting these components from different vendors. Now what Oracle does differently is that it makes use of these generic technologies and fortifies these with the help of engineered systems. Oracle has a lot of experience working at different levels of computing. It is safe to say that the company has dipped its hands into everything: from the storage, to the applications, to the database, to the operating system and pretty much everything else. And it has a lot of experience in co-evolving all these different levels and technologies to come up with better components. This helps Oracle take generic technology, tweak it, add in its own technologies, and come up with a solution that is wired for performance, reliability and scalability.
The cases of Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Database Cloud Service
For example, the Oracle Exadata Database Machine solves the problem of poor performance when the database works with storage systems. Because Oracle has experience in every level and in different technologies, it was able to redesign the interface between the storage and the database, making it faster. More than that, the company was able to tweak the network, the network protocol and other components to make it work even faster.
This is especially apparent when it comes to security on the cloud. Getting on the cloud, according to Fowler, is not something that you could do using generic technologies. Oracle can help you make sure that you have a reliable system, as well as a secure one. Fowler touched on Oracle Database Cloud Service, which he promoted as one of the best ways to simplify your data center and database management.
A solid software and hardware experience
Oracle has a solid software and hardware experience. The company already has several technologies that it came up with speedy and reliable solutions, such as in-memory database, automatic data recovery and engineered database engines, among others. As an example for the hardware side, Fowler gave a preview of the soon-to-be available SPARC M7 microprocessor, which will enable you to run software capabilities straight from the processor. M7 has the functionality for data decompression, and database query and security. With this, you get a significantly faster system, while also protecting in-memory data from malicious access.
In sum, Oracle is leveraging its extensive experience to create solutions that improve efficiency, security and performance, while also simplifying everything. This helps you do everything in real time. And the good news is that Oracle is in it for the long haul.
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