Oracle’s Autonomous, Self-Driving Cloud Database Now Available

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Larry Elison OracleThe latest Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud Service and Oracle Autonomous Transaction Processing solutions are now available, leveraging “innovative” machine learning and automation capabilities. The “self-driving” cloud database was announced last year.

Oracle’s new self-driving database cloud service is built to run the world’s most demanding finance, retail, manufacturing, and government applications, supporting a complex mix of high-performance transaction processing, reporting, batch, and analytic workloads.

“Oracle is by far the best database in the world and it just got a lot better because now it’s autonomous,” said Larry Ellison, Oracle’s Executive Chairman and CTO. “This delivers a much more reliable, much more secure system – a system that protects against data theft, a system that is up 99.995 percent of the time, and a system that makes organizations and their developers dramatically more productive.”

Self-Securing, Self-Repairing

Traditionally, creating a database management system required experts to custom build and manually maintain a complex hardware and software stack. Oracle Autonomous Database would revolutionize data management by using machine learning to provide a self-driving, self-securing, and self-repairing database service with cloud economies of scale and elasticity. The service enables users to instantly create new autonomous databases and “easily” convert existing databases, “reducing costs and time to market.”

“The toughest job a DBA has is that of tuning and maintaining a mission-critical transactional database,” said Carl Olofson, research vice president for IDC’s Data Management Software research. “In addition to examining statistics and applying tuning adjustments, the DBA must also apply patches, including security patches, on a very frequent basis, which is both an error-prone and operationally-disruptive activity. With Oracle Autonomous Transaction Processing, Oracle has eliminated these problematic tasks, allowing the DBA to concentrate on the higher value activity of enabling more business-responsive applications, and helping the enterprise to ensure that data will not be compromised due to known vulnerabilities.”

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