In the old days, data centers needed a lot of time, effort, money and the skills of a seasoned IT profession in order to run or get provisioned. Today’s IT professionals are lucky in that they can provision servers as easily as putting up a new virtual machine, especially now that you have Oracle Database 12c with Oracle Multitenant.
Oracle Multitenant makes it easy for enterprises to set up and manage in-house database as a service solutions. And it is an opportune time, too, because around 1 in every 3 companies is planning on using database as a service solutions in 2013, and that more than 1 in every 4 is planning to adopt these solutions within a year. This data is according to the study conducted by 451 Research. 451 Research Director Matt Anslett predicts that from 2012 to 2016, adoption rates for database as a service will be at a compound annual growth rate of 86%.
With Oracle Multitenant, you no longer have to wait three to four months to have databases created for your customers, employees or partners to use. And you no longer run the risk of business executives relying on public cloud computing to have their own databases. As such, you either drop everything and work on a new database, or get saddled with different types of databases running on various platforms making it very difficult to secure and manage them. Data governance is going to be a problem because you have all these company data copied at different databases.
A database as a service solution will allow IT to give business leaders the agility they need to stay on top of their competition and operations, thereby allowing IT to avoid these problems. What’s more, a good database as a service solution can scale up as more capacity is needed and scale down if necessary. You can also get more effective and more accurate chargebacks by using a service that has metering features.
IT technicians can also save time because they will be able to work on, update, administer and back up an entire collection of databases all at the same time.
In short, database as a service gives you the best of everything you need with a database and benefits everybody involved.
All of these are not possible with just using server virtualization. Virtualization alone would help you utilize your hardware optimally and gives you scalability. But you will need to provision and maintain all of these virtual machines. While you are using lesser hardware, you still cannot escape the complexity problem. Most administrators used Oracle Real Application Clusters to help tame down the complexity by giving admins the chance to simultaneously manage several operating system as if it were just one. Yet the databases on these operating systems still need to be maintained and administered separately.
Therefore, you really need to consolidate not just your operating systems and servers but also the schema of your databases if you want to enjoy the benefits of database as a service. And this is what Oracle can do for you.
Call Four Cornerstone today at 1 (817) 377 1144 and find out how you could make use of database as a service to its fullest potential. We can help you get the Oracle technologies that you need as well as train your IT staff on how to get the most out of your Oracle investments.
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