ARUBA, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, has unveiled innovative workplace solutions and a new vision for three return-to-work scenarios – returning to the office and venues, working from home and ultimately, the office reimagined. Based on Aruba’s AI-powered, cloud-native networking solutions, each scenario provides pragmatic steps for organizations to expedite business recovery and implement contact tracing and touchless solutions that enhance the health and wellness of employees and visitors.
The new state of work will be much different from office life prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The mandate to shut down non-essential physical offices tested the effectiveness of fully virtual workforces. Remote working can only be successful when the right networking technologies and tools are in place. We will return to many kinds of workplaces – traditional offices, homes, on the road – within which our safety must be ensured and between which we must move seamlessly without retraining or compromising.
“Much of mission-critical work is now being done from the home or at locations away from the office, and businesses need to adjust their IT postures for this new normal. At Aruba, we have worked with customers during the pandemic to adapt and optimize their reimagined work environments at half a million sites worldwide. This allowed our customers to smoothly transition their office workforce to work from the safety of their homes as they carried out their business continuity plans and also to enable essential mobile workers to continue to be effective working remotely,” Justin Chiah, senior director for Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Hong Kong at HPE Aruba, commented.
Return to the office and venues
Traditional offices rely on AI-powered contact and location tracing tools to enable social and physical distancing monitoring solutions that make the workplace safer for workers, customers and partners. Through Aruba-led innovations or implemented in concert with Aruba Technology Partners, these solutions use IoT and Bluetooth radios already built into Aruba access points and managed from a single pane of glass. The solutions operate on customers’ existing Aruba infrastructure, eliminating the need for rip and replace, and leverage cloud-based applications that are easy to activate and affordable to deploy.
Working from home
An effective long-term work-from-home solution has to deliver a secure, enterprise-like experience that enhances creativity, efficiency and productivity. Aruba provides enterprise-class telework hardware coupled with plug-and-play installation, identity-based security and cloud native management for rapid, simple and scalable deployment. Field-proven since 2008, Aruba’s work-from-home solutions scale to accommodate organizations of any size and are available with FIPS 140-2 validation for defense-related telework.
The office reimagined
The recent trend for the modern corporate office – to deliver open, collaborative work spaces – will soon need to be revalidated. Moving forward, organizations are considering lasting changes in office layout and frequency of employee visits that are more on-demand and modular than ever before. This type of next-generation space poses challenges to traditional networking and security infrastructure intended for a static work environment.
The office will become increasingly smart using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, IoT sensors and other capabilities that were invested in during the COVID-19 reopening phase, but then may be repurposed to provide employee experience-enhancing applications and security and crisis capabilities.
“Many workers in the Philippines will continue to be telecommuting from home even when the community quarantine is lifted. Those that return to the workplace will need a safe environment that offers space for social and physical distancing but still designed for effective collaboration and communication. It is important that businesses here have a sound strategy to stay competitive and operate effectively with this new state of work in mind,” Magic Hsu, sales director and general manager, Taiwan, Philippines, Vietnam and Asia Emerging Countries at Aruba, said.
Aruba has established relationships with key leaders in the field of office architecture, design and furnishings such as Herman Miller, whose products, in conjunction with Aruba’s AI-powered infrastructure, can help customers redefine next-generation spaces.
Fighting a global pandemic
Aruba is making this announcement after having taken up the battle against the pandemic on multiple fronts. This includes committing an approximately US$50 million worth of secure network connectivity kits globally.
Known as the Healthcare Connectivity Bundles, these are all-in-one healthcare networking solution kits. One bundle offers wireless LAN extension to existing healthcare networks to allow for the quick expansion of hospital capacity, and the other delivers cellular backhaul capabilities for the rapid set up of pop-up clinics, especially in areas where traditional broadband connectivity is limited.
The company also formed the Airheads Volunteer Corps, an opt-in-only registry of volunteers from its global technical user community known as Airheads, to assist in the building of network infrastructures for healthcare and medical facilities. Aruba created this registry with the intention of connecting those in need of IT skills with those who have the ability to help. Airheads who sign up have the final decision on how best they can respond to the needs in their local community.
PHOTO: In the virtual signing between DST and MultiSys: (from top left) Radin Sufri Radin Basiuni, CEO of DST; Freddie Ting Lik Wei, AVP of Digital Business, DST; Guest of Honour, Yang Mulia Haji Sofian bin Haji Mohammad Jani, the Chairman of DST; (from bottom left) Jovy Hernandez, President & CEO of ePLDT, Inc.; and David Almirol Jr., CEO & President of MultiSys
DATAS Digital Sdn Bhd (DST), the largest telecommunication company in Brunei has partnered with leading Filipino software solutions provider Multisys Technologies Corporation (MultiSys) as both expand market reach to the ASEAN region.
Leveraging on each party’s strengths in telecommunications technology and software engineering solutions, both DST and MultiSys recognize the need to collaborate together to deliver better access and smoother user experience across any environment—bringing opportunities to develop and tap overseas markets with innovative solutions.
MultiSys Founder and CEO David Almirol, Jr. shared, “We are committed to our mission to empower businesses in the Philippines and around the globe. Our goal to champion Filipino tech ingenuity has driven us to forge and strengthen partnerships with various companies in Southeast Asia. We hope that our collaboration with DST will not only showcase the expertise of our local IT talents but also enable us to serve more enterprises of different sizes in the world to support their digital transformation journey and adapt to the changing needs of their stakeholders.”
On top of its regional expansion, MultiSys will strengthen the Brunei telco firm’s systems and internal business operations in order to boost its efficiency and productivity. Through the partnership with MultiSys, DST will be able to expand its capabilities and offer added services to its subscribers.
“More than this monumental expansion for both MultiSys and DST, we aim to continuously upgrade our systems and digitize our operations in our commitment to better serve our customers. Considered as the most important and leading Filipino software solutions company, we have no doubt that MultiSys will enable us to better service our subscribers and develop e-commerce and e-business further in Brunei,” DST CEO Radin Sufri Radin Basiuni shared.
MultiSys’ continuous regional expansion is a testimony to its deep bench of talent and expertise that leads the way in helping Southeast Asian firms realize and kickstart their digital transformation. It is this same vision to help the region advance through its digital journey that has led MultiSys to ink partnerships with large conglomerates in the region.
“We would like to express a warm message of admiration and congratulations to Multisys for yet another milestone. This partnership with DST does not only highlight the capabilities of the PLDT group, it also brings Philippine technology to a global platform—allowing us to show how our services are truly world-class. We thank DST for their trust and we are confident that this partnership will further strengthen the country’s relationship with Brunei. Likewise, we at ePLDT underline our support for both entities and wish them continued success,” said ePLDT President & CEO and SVP & Head of PLDT and Smart Enterprise Business Groups Jovy Hernandez.
JOLLIBEE takes its delivery service another step further as it introduces the all-new Jollibee App. Giving Filipinos more convenient and faster ways to order, the country’s number one fast-food chain scales up its services across digital platforms, catering to more customers as they bring them their Jollibee favorites in the safety of their homes.
Featuring a user-friendly design and interface, the Jollibee App allows users to experience the joy and comfort of easily ordering their Jollibee favorites with just a few swipes from their mobile phones.
Customers can download the app then create an account. They can save their addresses to make future deliveries faster and more convenient, and get notified of the exciting new offers from Jollibee. Heightening the experience, the Jollibee App also features a store locator so users can conveniently find the Jollibee outlet nearest them. On top of this, customers can also schedule their deliveries and enjoy exclusive deals with the promo coupons available in the app.
The Jollibee App also features the restaurant’s full menu, so everyone can order all their favorites in one convenient mobile app.
Users can as well choose from multiple payment options. They can pay in cash upon delivery or do online payments via PesoPay portal. Senior Citizens and PWDs can also avail their regular discounts when they order online through the Jollibee App.
“With Jollibee as a market leader in the QSR (quick service restaurant) industry, we are always exploring different solutions to suit the demands of an ever-evolving market. Now that technology plays a huge part in our lives, we’re making our services available across online channels to create a more joyful and convenient customer experience for Filipinos,” said Francis E. Flores, Jollibee Global Brand CMO and JFC Philippines Country Business Group and concurrent PH Marketing Head.
Aside from the mobile app, people can also take joy in this online experience as they order their favorites from Jollibee’s new and enhanced delivery website, www.JollibeeDelivery.com.
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., July 8, 2020 — Building on the success of Oracle’s Exadata Cloud@Customer service over the last three years, Oracle announced the availability of Oracle Autonomous Database on Exadata Cloud@Customer.
This new offering combines the latest Oracle Database with the fastest Oracle Database platform—Exadata—delivered as a cloud service in customer datacenters. It eliminates database management and capital expenditures while enabling pay-per-use and elastic consumption of database cloud resources. Now, Autonomous Database is available to run in customer data centers both as a standalone offering and as part of Oracle Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer, the industry’s first on-premises cloud region, which was also announced today.
Oracle Autonomous Database on Exadata Cloud@Customer is the simplest and fastest transition to a cloud model with typical deployments taking less than a week. Existing applications in a datacenter can simply connect and run without requiring any application changes — while data never leaves the customer’s datacenter. This is ideal for enterprises that find it challenging to move their mission-critical database workloads to the public cloud due to data sovereignty and regulatory requirements, security and performance concerns, or because their on-premises applications and databases are tightly coupled.
“Exadata Cloud@Customer has been successfully deployed at hundreds of customers, including large financial services companies, telecoms, healthcare providers, insurers, and pharmaceutical companies worldwide to modernize their infrastructure and lower costs by up to 50 percent,” said Juan Loaiza, executive vice president, mission-critical database technologies, Oracle. “We are now bringing Oracle Autonomous Database to customer datacenters—freeing DBAs and developers from mundane maintenance tasks and enabling them to innovate and create more business value.”
Oracle Autonomous Database on Exadata Cloud@Customer enables organizations to move to an environment where everything is automated and managed by Oracle. Autonomous operations include: database provisioning, tuning, clustering, disaster protection, elastic scaling, securing and patching, which eliminates manual processes and human error while reducing costs and increasing performance, security and availability. The serverless architecture automatically scales to match changing workloads, providing true pay-per-use.
“Oracle Autonomous Database on Exadata Cloud@Customer combines the game changing capabilities of the revolutionary Exadata X8M platform with Oracle’s most advanced machine-learning-powered database and its second-generation cloud control plane for a true enterprise-grade database cloud experience on-premises,” said Carl Olofson, Research Vice President, Data Management Software, IDC. “Every business has a set of ISV and home grown applications that they depend on to run all aspects of their business from finance to manufacturing, HR, orders, procurement, and operations. For companies serious about running these types of critical Oracle-based applications in an on-premises enterprise database cloud, Oracle Autonomous Database on Exadata Cloud@Customer is currently the most advanced offering in the market today.”
Customers can leverage Oracle Autonomous Database on Exadata Cloud@Customer to consolidate thousands of databases and run the converged, open Oracle Database for multiple data types and workloads including Machine Learning, JSON, Graph, spatial, IOT and In-Memory, instead of deploying fragmented special-purpose databases. With Oracle Autonomous Database on Oracle Exadata Cloud@Customer, organizations can work with up to 7x larger databases, achieve greater database consolidation, and improve performance with up to 12x more SQL IOPS, 10x more SQL throughput, and 98 percent lower SQL latency than RDS on AWS Outposts. Oracle Autonomous Database on Exadata Cloud@Customer reduces customers’ infrastructure and database management by up to 90 percent because they only have to focus on the schemas and data inside their databases, not on running the underlying database infrastructure.
In addition to the new Cloud@Customer offerings, Oracle continues to enhance the capabilities of the Autonomous Database. Oracle today announced the certification of Oracle’s Siebel, PeopleSoft, and JD Edwards running on Oracle Autonomous Database. By using Autonomous Database, Oracle’s Siebel, PeopleSoft, and JD Edwards customers will lower their costs while improving security, performance, and availability. The company also announced Oracle Autonomous Data Guard which delivers an autonomously managed high availability and disaster recovery solution protecting against database and site failures. Oracle Autonomous Data Guard provides near zero data loss (RPO) and recovery time (RTO) objectives in the face of catastrophic failures.
Global Organizations Welcome New Cloud@Customer Offerings
Samsung SDS is the largest enterprise cloud solutions provider in Korea, delivering data-driven digital innovations to customers in 41 countries worldwide. “Back in 2010, we adopted the first Exadata platform to improve a display manufacturing system,” said Dr. WP Hong, CEO, Samsung SDS. “Now 10 years later, we have implemented nearly 300 Exadata systems for our customers in manufacturing, financial services, construction and engineering, and public and private sector services. Aligning with our digital innovation strategy and our journey to enterprise cloud, we have now adopted the first Exadata Cloud@Customer in one of our datacenters and look forward to deploying Autonomous Database.”
NTT DoCoMo is the number one mobile carrier in Japan with the largest customer base. “Oracle Exadata is implemented as our core engine to process the call, communication, and billing information of 80M users in real-time,” said Taku Hasegawa, Senior Vice President, General Manager of Information Systems Department, NTT DoCoMo. “Thanks to Exadata, we could cut operation and maintenance costs in half, while realizing 10x performance. As the core infrastructure for DoCoMo’s digital transformation and further business growth, I look forward to the continuous evolution of Oracle Exadata and the novel technology innovation driven by Autonomous Database on Exadata Cloud@Customer.”
Crédit Agricole CIB is the Corporate and Investment Banking arm of the Crédit Agricole Group, one of the world’s largest banks. “Moving to Exadata Cloud@Customer has significantly improved our accounting information systems performance, which has enabled us to carry out our accounting closing process with much greater agility and to reduce our operational costs,” said Pierre-Yves Bollard, Global Head of Finance IT, Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank. “The high value provided by the Exadata Cloud@Customer infrastructure has been recognized by all IT and business teams.”
Entel is the largest telecom provider in Chile and the third largest in Peru. “We have used Exadata systems for the past five years to support many applications across dozens of lines of business, including crucial billing and network management systems,” said Helder Branco, Head of IT Operations, Entel. “By using Exadata, we improved mission-critical Oracle Database performance by up to 3x, and reduced our security exposure. We are taking our digital transformations to the next level by moving over 30 databases to Oracle Autonomous Database on Exadata Cloud@Customer and improving their security with its self-securing capabilities.”
RKK Computer Services is an IT consultancy based in Japan, focusing on local governments and financial institutions. “RKK Computer Services selected Oracle Exadata Cloud@Customer to host our shared platform that runs core business systems for 100 municipalities,” said Chihiro Sato, Deputy General Manager, Public Sector Planning and Development Division, RKK Computer Service. “Compared to our previous on-premises solution, we have 24 percent cost savings and more than 70 percent IO performance improvement, which enables us to run concurrent batch processes for multiple municipalities. High availability is achieved with RAC and Data Guard. We believe that Oracle’s second-generation Exadata Cloud@Customer is a promising cloud platform for municipalities. RKKCS will continuously enhance our cloud infrastructure for municipalities by exploring Autonomous Database on Exadata Cloud@Customer to improve operational efficiency.”
The State of Queretaro is located in central Mexico. “Based on a directive from the state governor and state secretary to address the COVID-19 crisis, we were asked to develop an application that would allow the citizens and patients of the State of Querétaro, Mexico, to carry out a self-diagnosis to help avoid the spread of infections,” said Pedro Gonzalez, Director CIAS, Queretaro State Government, Mexico. “With Oracle Database on Exadata Cloud@Customer, we were able to react quickly and develop a mobile application in less than three weeks — plus we were able to adhere to state regulations to maintain the sensitive data of citizens and patients in our facilities. We look forward to investing in Oracle Autonomous Database this year, which will free up our staff and resources to focus on developing new business applications without spending any time on patching, tuning, and maintaining the database.”
Siav is an enterprise content management software and IT services company based in Italy. “We chose Oracle Exadata Cloud@Customer to help us manage the constant growth of our business in cloud services and solutions,” said Nicola Voltan, CEO, Siav S.p.A. “Exadata Cloud@Customer provides the performance, scalability and security we need to offer the highest quality service to our customers. It’s managed by Oracle in our datacenter, enabling us to comply with the Italian legislation related to the geographical location of the service provided.”
New Exadata Cloud@Customer Enhancements
In addition to the Autonomous Database, Oracle is announcing the following Exadata Cloud@Customer enhancements:
· Oracle Exadata Database Machine X8M Technology, which combines Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory and 100 gigabit remote direct memory access (RDMA) over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) to remove storage bottlenecks and dramatically increase performance for the most demanding workloads such as Online Transaction Processing (OLTP), IoT, fraud detection, and high frequency trading. Direct database access to shared persistent memory increases peak performance to 12 million SQL read IOPS, 2.5X greater than the prior generation offering powered by Exadata Database Machine X8. Additionally, Exadata X8M dramatically reduces the latency of critical database IOs by enabling remote IO latencies below 19 microseconds—more than 10X faster than the prior generation offering. These ultra-low latencies are achieved even for workloads requiring millions of IOs per second.
· Multiple VM Clusters per Exadata Rack, which enables organizations to share an Exadata system for production, DR and dev/test and provide isolation across departments and use cases.
· PCI-DSS Certification: Exadata Cloud@Customer now supports and meets Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard requirements and can be implemented as part of a highly secure financial processing environment.
Addresses data sovereignty, security, and performance concerns that prevent some enterprise workload.
Customers include; Crédit Agricole, Entel, and Samsung SDS welcome Autonomous Database on Exadata Cloud@Customer
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., July 8, 2020 – Driven by strong customer demand, Oracle today announced Oracle Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer, the industry’s first fully-managed cloud region that brings all of Oracle’s second-generation cloud services, including Autonomous Database and Oracle Cloud applications, to customer datacenters, starting at only $500K a month. Get started here.
With this offering, enterprises get the exact same complete set of modern cloud services, APIs, industry-leading SLAs, superior price-performance, and highest levels of security available from Oracle’s public cloud regions in their own datacenters. This is ideal for highly regulated or security-focused businesses needing to meet demanding latency and data residency requirements, reduce operational costs, and modernize legacy applications.
Over the past few years, enterprise adoption of public clouds has gone mainstream as companies took advantage of the pay-as-you-go economics, scale, and agility of cloud computing. However, most enterprises expect to continue to run a portion of their workloads in on-premises datacenters for the foreseeable future. This has resulted in strong demand from customers for a hybrid architecture where the same services, same functionality, and easy portability of applications exists between their public and on-premises cloud environments.
But until today, no solution was able to bridge the gap between cloud and on-premises environments. On-premises offerings from other cloud providers offer a very small subset of the services available in their public cloud regions. With today’s announcement, Oracle is making all of its cloud services -- more than 50 services -- available on-premises so enterprises can use Oracle’s cloud services wherever they need them – in the cloud or on-premises via Cloud@Customer.
“Enterprise customers have told us that they want the full experience of a public cloud on-premises, including access to all of Oracle’s cloud services, to run their most important workloads,” said Clay Magouyrk, executive vice president of engineering, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. “With Oracle Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer, enterprises get all of our second-generation cloud services, including Autonomous Database, in their datacenters. Our major competitors can’t offer customers a comparable dedicated cloud region running on-premises.”
Oracle Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer includes full management capabilities and access to new features and functions the moment they become available in Oracle’s public cloud. It provides strong isolation of customer data, including all API operations, which remain local to customer datacenters and provide the highest levels of security. Additionally, Oracle Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer is certified to seamlessly run Oracle Cloud applications, including Oracle Fusion Cloud Applications (Cloud ERP, Cloud HCM, Cloud SCM, and Cloud CX, making it a completely integrated cloud experience on-premises. Customers only pay for services they consume using the same predictable low pricing offered in Oracle’s public cloud regions.
“With Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer, Oracle delivers a slice of its public cloud experience into customer datacenters, with no changes in pricing or capabilities,” said Deepak Mohan, Research Director at IDC. “This represents a new direction for public cloud providers, who have historically offered only limited versions of their services to customer premises. Oracle Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer brings the full capabilities of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Oracle Fusion Cloud Applications, including over 50 services, to customer premises. This brings together public cloud service capability with the compliance, latency and co-location benefits of on premises – which can be a game changer for large scale digital transformation efforts at enterprises.”
Global Organizations Adopt Oracle Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer
Nomura Research Institute (NRI), Ltd. is the largest consulting firm and IT solutions provider in Japan. “With Oracle Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer, we can use Oracle Exadata as a cloud service and achieve greater agility, such as seamless expansion, while maintaining high availability at the same level as on-premises,” said Tomoshiro Takemoto, Senior Corporate Managing Director, NRI. “Built in our own datacenter, it also enables us to not only provide SOC2 reports based on Japanese security standards in financial industries, but it also allows us to access broader cloud services and tools provided by Oracle and further increase our business value for our customers. With Oracle’s Dedicated Region, we can significantly reduce our on-premises costs and invest more in our digital transformation.”
Oman Information and Communications Technology Group is an entity owned by State General Reserve Fund (SGRF) of the Government of Oman. “Oman Information and Communications Technology Group (OICTG), is committed to propel and shape the Sultanate’s ICT sector. Our investments, focused initiatives and bespoke partnerships aim to unlock the full potential of ICT. So, by fostering Omani talents, we will actively support the ongoing diversification of Oman’s economic development as outlined in His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik’s Oman 2040 Vision,” said HH Sayyid Kamil Fahad Al-Said; Chairman of Oman ICT Group.
“Furthermore, and to meet the Sultanate’s needs of digital transformation, our centralized, innovatively structured digital framework will support the ownership and management of cloud-ready IT services. The OICTG’s sustainable, economically sensitive budget and attainable, realistic time-bound goals will guarantee maximum operational performance, flexible scalability and a secure data residency file under the accountable canopy of the Oman Investment Authority.”
“Oracle Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer enables a variety of use cases, from migrating Oracle ERP and CRM applications to deploying custom developed applications using Oracle Database, as well as implementing Digital Innovation Services (Blockchain, AI, Big Data) and High-Performance Computing (HPC), all while following the country regulations regarding data sovereignty,” said Said Al-Mandhari, CEO, Oman ICT Group.
Industry’s first fully managed cloud region brings 100% of Oracle’s public cloud services, including Oracle Autonomous Database and Cloud applications, to customer datacenters.
Pricing starts at only $500K per month, a small fraction of what customers would have to pay for a one-off region from other cloud providers.
Customers include Nomura Research Institute (NRI) in Japan and Oman Information and Communications Technology Group
ABOUT a month after taking a leave of absence for unspecified health reasons, co-CEO of Oracle Mark Hurd passed away last October 18. He was 62.
The company Hurd’s death early on the 18th but did not specify the cause of death. Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison informed employees that their co-CEO had died early in the morning. Ellison said he “missed Hurd a lot” during his keynote at the Oracle OpenWorld 2019 in San Francisco.
In an email sent to all his employees, Ellison wrote, “Oracle has lost a brilliant and beloved leader who personally touched the lives of so many of us during his decade at Oracle.”
He ended his communication by saying, “all of us will miss Mark’s keen mind and rare ability to analyze, simplify, and solve problems quickly. Some of us will miss his friendship and mentorship. I will miss his kindness and sense of humor.”
Under Mark’s leadership, Oracle stock had risen about 37% in his five years as CEO alongside Safra Catz, who also longed for Hurd’s presence at the OOW2019. He Catz were appointed as CEOs of Oracle in September 2010.
Hurd studied at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, on a scholarship. He graduated in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He then office machines maker NCR in 1980, and ten years later married his wife, Paula, a company executive then. His brilliant performance at the company eventually got him the to CEO in 2003. In 2005 he was poached by HP from NCR and became its new CEO.
At the time of his leave he was given a seat in Baylor’s board of regents. The university plans a welcome center bearing his names.
Techsauceph.com condoles with his Paula, and daughters, Kathryn and Kelly.
SAN FRANCISCO, U.S.A (September 18, 2019) Or
.—Oracle’s Chief Technology Officer Larry Ellison announced the availability Autonomous Linux operating system and free tiers of the Oracle Autonomous Database and Cloud, just two of many significant technologies the Ellison launched at his first day keynote at the of OpenWorld 2019.
“Eliminate human labor and you eliminate human error,” Ellison said as he introduced the new operating system adding that it provisions, patches, tunes, and upgrades itself with little or no human intervention, keeping the most critical part of the infrastructure constantly running cutting down or eliminating downtime completely.
The Oracle CTO also introduced the free Oracle Cloud at OpenWorld, saying that this free tier makes it possible for developers, students, especially members of their own Oracle Design Tech (d.tech) high school, tech organizations, and educators to explore the full functionalities of its Autonomous Database (AD) by maximizing the abilities of artificial intelligence and machine learning.
The free tier offer comes in two options. The first is called “Always Free” and gives unlimited access to Oracle Cloud Services. It also includes two Autonomous Databases, two Compute virtual machines, two block volumes. Access to 500 million ingestion data points, 1 billion data points for monitoring, and 1 million notification delivery options as well as 1,000 emails per month. For storage and data, it also comes with 10 GB object storage, one load balancer, 10 TB/month of outbound data transfer.
The second “Free Tier,” comes with what is included in the first option but adds $300 in credits for up to 30 days. This allows developers to try additional services not included in the Always Free tier.
These additional services include access to developer applications already available for utilization, testing or deployment. Both systems are connected to Oracle’s Exadata Network sharing enterprise functionalities as those used by Oracle’s big clients.
The company also announced the release of Java SE 13 (codenamed JDK 13).
This update to what could be the most popular programming platform reinforces Oracle’s continued commitment to accelerating innovation. Its free tier announcement coming simultaneous with the release of the update to Java, clearly shows the company’s interest in further enhancing the developer community.
According to analysts at OpenWorld, Oracle JDK 13 enhances developer productivity because of better stability and security of the Java SE platform. Moreover, the latest release has enhanced performance given its two preview features.
The JDK 13 release is the result of industry-wide development involving open review, weekly builds and extensive collaboration between Oracle engineers and members of the worldwide Java developer community via the OpenJDK Community and the JCP,” said Georges Saab, vice president of development, Java Platform at Oracle.
These preview features provides developers with a beta testing platform but using fully-specified, fully-implemented programming features. This was designed so that feedback can be gathered, programming correct before being included as a standard part of the language.
With over 2,800 sessions, 360 exhibitors, and 3,600 speakers and 11,000 attendees from more than 170 countries, Oracle OpenWorld is considered to be the leading business and technology conference in the world. Category: InfoTech-Telecoms
Portions of this report appeared in the Malaya Business Insight Information Technology page.
SAN FRANCISCO, September 17, 2019—Oracle Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison (photo above)
laid out his vision for the “world’s first truly autonomous cloud,” a vision that takes the concept behind trends such as self-driving cars and planes and applies it to cloud computing.
The result is Oracle database, infrastructure, and other IT services that are more secure, reliable, flexible, and cost-efficient than competing cloud services.
During his opening keynote at Oracle OpenWorld on September 16, Ellison explained how the most important benefits from autonomous systems will come from eliminating human errors. In cars, eliminating such errors avoids accidents, he said. In technology, it eliminates common user errors that expose data to hackers.
Ellison focused on two pillars of the company’s autonomous cloud strategy: Oracle Autonomous Database and Generation 2 Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Oracle Autonomous Database, for example, leverages machine learning algorithms to automatically and continuously patch, tune, back up, and upgrade itself without manual intervention, all while the system is running.
“Artificial intelligence, machine learning, autonomous systems are so fundamentally different from what came before, it marks a new generation in computer technology,” he said.
Thousands of companies, including TaylorMade, OutFront Media, JASCI Software, Drop Tank, Henry Ford Health Systems, and Data Integrity, are turning to Oracle Autonomous Database to not only improve their security, but also boost performance, cut operating costs, and ultimately free their people to focus on higher-level business priorities, Ellison said at Oracle OpenWorld.
Oracle expects to add more than 1,000 Autonomous Database customers this quarter alone, and that pace of adoption is accelerating, he said.
Oracle is now looking to make it easier—and free—for anyone to see for themselves what an autonomous cloud is all about. Ellison announced an Always Free program for companies, developers, students—and anyone else who wants to experiment with its cloud services. That program includes two autonomous databases, each with 20 gigabytes of storage; two compute virtual machines, each with 1 gigabyte of memory; as well as gigabytes of block, object, and archive storage.
For customers who want or need to manage their Oracle Autonomous Databases in their own data centers for regulatory or other reasons, Oracle plans to offer Gen 2 Exadata Cloud@Customer starting in mid-2020, Ellison announced. This new offering, which functions exactly like Oracle Database running in the public cloud, will be much easier to install and use than the company’s Generation 1 Cloud@Customer, he said. Oracle engineers will perform a free upgrade.
Security Is Job #1
As for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, on which Oracle Autonomous Database runs, the Generation 1 architecture was pay-per-use resource sharing—customers pay only for as much storage, compute, or network capacity as they consume. The main economic benefit of Oracle’s Gen 2 Cloud Infrastructure, Ellison noted, is its autonomous capability, which eliminates human labor for administrative tasks and thus reduces human error. That capability is particularly important in helping prevent data theft against increasingly sophisticated, automated hacks, he said during his keynote.
Ellison said the lack of autonomous capability in competing cloud databases is what may make data breaches more likely, potentially, exposing the data of millions of people to hackers. How so? Database administrators historically have been responsible for manually configuring databases and database servers and thus introduced human error, he said.
Competing service providers’ support policies are often very clear: As a customer, you maintain full control of your content and responsibility for configuring access to your subscribed services. “That’s on you,” Ellison said during his keynote. “In the Oracle Autonomous Cloud, when you use the Oracle Autonomous Database it configures itself. It's not possible for customers to make configuration errors because there are no pilots to make errors.”
Autonomous OS for an Autonomous Database
An autonomous database should run on an autonomous operating system, Ellison reasoned, thus the company’s introduction of Oracle Autonomous Linux, available now.
In fact, Oracle, which offered the first commercial database on Linux back in 1998, is developing all of its products—database, applications, middleware—on Oracle Autonomous Linux, which is designed for the extreme performance, scalability, and security requirements of cloud computing, he said.
Like Oracle Autonomous Database, Oracle Autonomous Linux features automatic provisioning, scaling, tuning, patching, and updating, as well as automatic threat monitoring, exploit detection, and remediation functionality.
Companies can migrate their IBM Red Hat Linux applications almost instantly to Oracle Autonomous Linux, where they run unchanged, Ellison said. What’s more, Oracle Autonomous Linux is included free with Oracle Cloud services, letting IBM Red Hat customers cut their Linux support bills to zero, he said.
“When you use Oracle Autonomous Linux in the cloud, the price is just right: It's free,” Ellison said. “So if you're paying IBM, you can stop.”
One Database, Two Deployment Options
Turning back to Oracle Autonomous Database, Ellison noted that Oracle offers two deployment options: Shared (the simplest and lowest-cost option) and Dedicated (which provides customers with their own private cloud database, running on isolated Oracle Exadata servers).
Ellison also noted another major Oracle advantage over AWS: Oracle provides one converged database that’s able to handle all data types. In contrast, AWS offers as many as eight different specialized databases to handle different data types—each requiring separate teams with specialized skills, each with its own security model, and each with its own set of procedures for implementing high availability and elastic scalability, he said.
In addition to being costly to manage, AWS’s myriad database options limit application security, availability, and scalability to its weakest option, Ellison said.
“It's counter to fundamental trends in the digital world,” he said. “Your smartphone now is a camera and a calendar and a messaging system…. We had the same idea at Oracle: a converged system.
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure has reimagined Cloud for the most important applications enterprises. It runs with a Generation 2 offering that has consistent high performance and unmatched governance and security controls.
Oracle CEO Mark Hurd on May 1, 2019 spoke to reporters at Oracle Media Days about how the company has taken the pole position in the business cloud apps race. He said Oracle will continue to build on its gains in the cloud market through the holistic suites it offers as an alternative to point solutions, and as a company with a history of providing technology both on-premises and through the cloud.
He also said Oracle is proving popular with customers by offering emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and blockchain as features in existing technologies rather than as separate products.
According to Hurd, Oracle will continue benefiting from its legacy customers’ migration to the cloud—a process that is likely to play itself out for a number of years—and by taking market share from smaller vendors who either no longer support their products, or don’t have a clear cloud migration strategy.
“The business apps sector is highly fragmented, but Oracle is growing faster than the market and we are well-positioned to take the lion’s share,” he said.
Hurd said customers will benefit greatly by moving to the cloud, which will allow them to spend more on innovation. “B2B tech is trying to take care of its technical debt it’s built up over the last few decades and trying to clear out its technical debt that’s evolved in its hardware, software, configurations and data center,” he said.
Other key Oracle executives and customers also spoke and made themselves available for questions from reporters in the room.
Driving Growth in the Cloud
Driving During a panel discussion featuring a number of Oracle cloud apps customers, Norman Fray, SVP and Chief Accounting Officer for workforce solutions company TrueBlue, said that his company uses cloud technology to help drive revenue growth.
“Part of the growth strategy for our RPO, our recruitment process outsourcing, is going global,” he said. “Customers are saying that it’s great that you satisfy us in North America, but we need you to help with staffing around the world. One of the reasons we chose Oracle is that we know that you’ll take us wherever we need to go around the world. This will certainly enable our growth.”
In response to being asked whether the cloud enables innovation, he said, “That’s a resounding yes.”
The Threat Landscape and Oracle’s Trusted Security Strategy
Edward Screven, Oracle chief corporate architect, explained why cloud vendors like Oracle will be key to defending corporate and personal data. “Government and businesses can’t be expected to out-innovate cyber-attackers on their own,” he said. “That’s our job. We can build data centers and secure data at scale more efficiently than any individual customer.”
He noted that “AI and machine learning in the Oracle Cloud can detect and automate responses to unusual activities, helping protect customers from internal and external threats.”
“We can patch with zero downtime, and this is fundamentally different to what is offered by other cloud vendors,” he added.
“Oracle is a security company and always has been,” he said.
Andrew Mendelsohn, EVP, Database Server Technologies, Oracle, and Steve Daheb, SVP, Oracle Cloud, spoke about the Oracle Autonomous Database.
"Emerging technologies are permeating every aspect of life,” Daheb said. “We’re seeing self-driving cars, we’re seeing precision medicine, we’re seeing smart cities. We’re at a tipping point where enterprises are starting to outpace consumers in the adoption of emerging technology.”
Andy Mendelsohn noted that “If you talk to CIOs and CTOs today, they’ll all tell you that we’re transforming to be a data-driven enterprise—100% will tell you that. But if you go on-prem, they have data all over the place. Their data scientists can’t find the data, they don’t know where it is, they don’t know how to move it to where it’s useful. That’s something we address with our autonomous database. They’ll have a metadata catalog that shows where the data is, and they just want to run some analysis on it. They don’t want to do the plumbing. They just want to do something useful with the data.”
Oracle's next generation Cloud infrastructure
Kyle York, VP, Product Strategy, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, and Rahul Patil, SVP, Software Engineering, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, spoke about the characteristics of Oracle’s next-gen cloud.
"We reinvented the cloud, so that customers don’t have to reinvent their applications,” Patil said. “Most other cloud vendors require customers to rewrite or rearchitect their applications.”
“The company that is trusted with the most data will win—and that’s why Oracle will win, because our customers have their mission-critical information on Oracle,” he added.
Is a two -day event for reporters globally to cover the company and its technology and business updates.
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Oracle-Team USA Sail GP at the San Francisco Bay
ONE thousand two hundred sensors, four hundred data points going into a data feed every millisecond, sent wirelessly through a low latency connection into the Oracle Cloud where the data is processed and distributed back to the skipper and crew of the boats at SailGP.
This is the unseen backend of the SailGP F50 catamaran, connected by robust electronics and supercharged by various database technologies. These carbon fiber, hyrdafoil equipped boats practically flies off the waves. At a svelte 50 feet long these boats weighs nearly 2 tons and has a 78-foot mast with what is an equivalent of an airplane wing for the main sail. Designed by physics and motivated by human power the boat can multiply the windspeed and travel faster than the moving air that pushes the boat around.
The F50 catamarans are data-generating monsters. During each 16 minutes race, the thousands of sensors attached to boat parts 45 megabits of data over a 100-mbps wireless LTE network to an Oracle Exadata machine onshore. That means a small cellular site is literally built into the boat. From there the data is uploaded to the Oracle Cloud for further analysis and distribution.
That data is used for many things—from knowing exactly the position of a boat relative to other boats to each one knows what is happening to the competition. It also gives fans a rich feed of information on the SailGP mobile app and on SailGP.com—a full TV broadcast ready for annotation and information for on-screen graphics and analysis right to the nitty gritty for fans to watch. And like a sci-fi movie, it lets teams monitor their athletes’ heart rates and track their movements on the boat.
Since users can watch a live feed of each race and hone in on a range of stats for individual teams: current speed, time to mark, ride height, and VMG (velocity made good, indicating velocity in an upwind or downwind direction) fans are literally on the boat with the crew. The “layout” portion of the app lets users isolate the stats of two teams during the six-team race. The app also explains common sailing terms—knots, the pitch and roll of the boat, and so on—and provides video footage of prior races.
Video from two cameras on each of the boats is handled separately from all of the other data. It’s uploaded via a 2-gbps link to an overhead helicopter, sent to a local base station, and then transmitted via fiber optic link to a data center in London, where it’s processed and loaded into the Oracle Cloud for use by the London-based TV studio for live broadcast.
Oracle’s Founder Larry Ellison is a huge sailing and sports fan. Oracle’s Cloud computing systems have been used in motorsports and in improving customer experiences for Yamaha buyers in the USA. The company has had direct sponsorships in Formula One racing too.
SailGP redefines sailing
SailGP is an annual, global championship featuring bold, cutting-edge technology and awe-inspiring athleticism.
For 2019, SailGP is held for the first time in the U.S. And the chappy seas and deep berths of the San Francisco Bay will witness the thrilling racing.
Six national teams, Australia, China, France, Great Britain, Japan, and the United States, will battle it out in completely identical, 50-foot catamarans with retreacting hydrofoils. These super yachts are capable of breaking the 50-knot speed barrier.
Behind all the power and design tech that went into these racing craft is Oracle's technology to connect ships to their crews, analyze and share information real time.
Report by: Raymond G.B. Tribdino
(In photo: Mark Hurd, CEO, Oracle)
SAN FRANCISCO, May 1—When Oracle set out on its ambitious goal to create the second-generation Cloud infrastructure, it rearranged the whole business application landscape. It has seeded its Enterprise Cloud, uprooting traditional multi-tiered enterprise applications, and planting high-performance workloads with its modern, not just automated, but autonomous databases.
Oracle CEO Mark Hurd in an audio conference with select technology and business journalists at the Oracle Media Days gathering reiterated the company's focus on this goal. This time he said that the strategy is on further developing business apps. In the short session he reiterates Oracle’s business strategy—to win the apps battle.
At the Oracle OpenWorld 2019 in Singapore this strategy was already revealed--showing how Oracle's partnerships (and even their mergers and acquisitions) have pushed business apps development. Hurd put a lot more emphasis on natively developed apps while aggressively taking competitors’ share. To do this, Oracle will maximize its assets and strategies which, as Hurd put it, "our competitors can’t match."
Gaining more share in the enterprise SaaS space has been partially achieved by the continued expansion and growth of Netsuite. Many companies are migrating their workloads to the Cloud because of the sensibility of SaaS not only as a solution but also an expense-versus-investment proposition.
As Oracle's Cloud integrates functions into its apps so customers can immediately get business value for certain use cases right away. This movement from on-prem to full Cloud (or even hybrid) leaves only policy and regulation as barriers to full migration. Examples of these businesses with regulatory issues include financial services, pharmaceutical and health.
Hurd also points out how Oracle takes a different approach to delivering emerging technologies such as AI and machine learning, industrial Internet, and blockchain into its products.
Oracle acquired ERP technology provider Netsuite 3 years ago and IT analysts were asking if the reason for the acquisition was to quickly move the traditionally platform-based technology provider into the Cloud.
No one in either of the organizations in the now Oracle-Netsuite group confirmed not denied this theory. However, looking at the spurt in Oracle and in Netsuite as separate entities in the marriage the movement from its traditional line of business into the Cloud and business apps based strategy quickened with the merger.
The acquisition has significantly expanded Oracle's position in the ERP market. The merger is the largest ERP vendor today. It has 16,000 customers now after being in the business of Cloud ERP for 20 years.
Hurd, in the same audio conference mentioned that Netsuite contributed to the tenfold growth of Oracle. This refers to the company's 10-point increase in its year-on-year growth.
“Over the last 3 years we have gained more market share in SaaS than anyone else,” Hurd said, referencing to the massive growth of Netsuite, as part of the whole Oracle ecosystem. He also said that the transition of Oracle to the Cloud by incorporating NetSuite also gave the company "access to the smartest programmers writing the code for what is now the most successful enterprise software."
TRANSITIONING from static, on-premise platforms to the dynamic environment of the Cloud is now benchmarked by the speed and accuracy of this migration. In most cases, the use of business applications hastens this movement by easing the migration process.
But management acceptance also affects implementation.
“Once baby boomers retire, digital natives come in. They are younger and understand better how the digital world works. They will initiate that rapid migration to the Cloud,” Rebecca Wetterman, Vice President at Nucleus Research said, pointing out that it is the millennial’s competencies and familiarity with the Cloud and its surrounding technologies that makes the transition easy and not a cultural or social shift that will trigger it.
“Apps and the Cloud, these are what the digital natives are used to," she explained.
Photo (on the right). The start of Oracle Media Days in Oracle's Menlo Park headquarters in San Francisco.
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., May 1, 2019 — The majority of C-Suite executives and policy makers in the United States believe investing in security software, infrastructure and emerging technologies is critical to protecting U.S. data from growing cybersecurity risks, according to a newly released survey.
Asked what would make the U.S. government better equipped to secure data, 51 percent of C-Suite executives and 62 percent of policy makers cite investing in IT/security infrastructure; 59 percent of the C-Suite and 60 percent of policy makers cite investing in security software. When it comes to their own security investments over the next 24 months, 44 percent of C-Suite executives and 33 percent of policy makers plan to purchase new software with enhanced security; and 37 percent and 25 percent, respectively, plan to invest in new infrastructure solutions to improve security.
The report, “Security in the Age of AI” detailing the views and actions of C-Suite executives, policy makers and the general public related to cybersecurity and data protection, was released today by Oracle.
In addition, both C-Suite executives and policy makers rank “human error” as the top cybersecurity risk for their organizations. However, in the next two years, they are choosing to invest more in people—via training and hiring—than in technology, such as new types of software, infrastructure, and artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), which is essential to advancing security and significantly minimizing human error. Only 38 percent of C-Suite executives and 26 percent of policy makers plan to invest in AI and ML to improve security in the next 24 months.
“We are at a critical juncture in our cybersecurity journey, as more decision makers in the public and private sector recognize the benefits of investing in next-generation technology designed for security to make progress on addressing previously intractable threats, instead of relying solely on people or legacy technology,” said Edward Screven, Chief Corporate Architect at Oracle. “That said, there is a delta between what C-Suite executives and policy makers think is best for America’s cyber future and the actions they are taking for their own organizations, indicating a greater need for business and government to understand how and why next generation technologies are so critical for their own cyber defenses.”
Queried about what their organization has done over the past five years to improve security, both C-Suite executives and policy makers said they had upgraded existing software (60 percent and 52 percent respectively) and trained existing staff (57 percent and 50 percent respectively). Just over half (54 percent) of C-Suite executives and 41 percent of policy makers have purchased new software with enhanced security features, with 40 percent of C-Suite executives and 27 percent of policy makers having invested in new infrastructure solutions.
Technology Industry Faces Great Threats and Responsibilities
As for what they perceived to be the greatest security threat to the technology industry, attacks by foreign governments was ranked highest by respondents (C-Suite 30 percent; policy makers 37 percent). Seventy-eight percent of C-Suite executives, 75 percent of policy makers and 64 percent of the general public believe the tech industry is well equipped to protect data. Additionally, 79 percent of C-Suite executives and policy makers, and 64 percent of the general public trust the technology industry to behave responsibly and in the best interests of the American public, as it relates to data security. Interestingly, only one in three C-Suite executives (34 percent) and policy makers (32 percent) think it is the government’s responsibility to protect consumer data, highlighting the critical role that the technology sector has to play in keeping U.S. data protected.
“While the government has an important role to play in keeping America’s data safe, today’s increasingly dangerous cybersecurity landscape means it can’t be expected to out-innovate attackers on its own. That’s our job,” said Screven. “The U.S. government and businesses will need to rely on the technology sector more to advance the nation’s cyber defense. We can build data centers, hire talent and secure data at scale more efficiently than any one individual customer can.”
Artificial Intelligence and Its Impact on Security
Only 33 percent of C-Suite executives and 20 percent of policy makers adopt and implement AI and ML to its fullest potential, yet they strongly believe autonomous technologies powered by AI and ML will improve the way they protect and defend against security threats.
“For the past several years, our R&D efforts have been focused on ways to out-innovate the most sophisticated security threats we could imagine. That's why Oracle Cloud Infrastructure was rebuilt with separation between application and security processing and designed to run the Oracle Autonomous Database. The Oracle Autonomous Database uses AI to deliver the world’s first and only self-driving, self-securing and self-repairing database that repairs, patches and updates itself,” Screven added. “These and other Oracle cloud security technologies based on machine learning can become the cornerstone of an organization’s cybersecurity defense strategy.”
In addition to benefiting the state of data security in the U.S., the majority of C-Suite executives (88 percent), policy makers (89 percent) and the general public (77 percent) believe autonomous technologies will also positively impact the U.S. economy, with “increased productivity” cited as the top benefit.