Predicting the Unknown Part 2: Maximizing Future Opportunities
Author: Chuck Farman | | January 23, 2020
Today’s global economy has a LOT of moving parts, and most businesses don’t have the time or resources to follow them all. Ergo, many aren’t prepared for changes within their industries and must scramble to catch up when inevitable change occurs. Others do better because they partner with companies that make it their business to look ahead on behalf of their customers. Oracle is one such company. Its Oracle 19c database management program is just one example of why every company can trust it to help them move comfortably into that uncertain future.
The Future IS Today
In 2018, TechTarget predicted Oracle’s future lay in automation and the cloud. Since that time, the company’s activities fell in line with the prognostication:
- It expanded its IaaS platform by improving across the board security features, such as data encryption and protection against cyber attacks.
- It combined its Oracle Database with automated management features and added them to its transactions processing, NoSQL versions, and data warehousing programming.
- It added whole suites of applications to its SaaS menu, for enhanced administration of UX, ERP, HR, etc., and with better tools to increase productivity and deepen corporate data comprehension.
All the while, the database administration leader was improving its own database management programming. It’s been building better versions of now-fundamental business data management elements, and eliminating those aspects that no longer served a relevant purpose, given the evolution of database infrastructure in general.
Oracle 19c Continues the Trend to the Future
The release of Oracle Database 19c is its next step toward a better informed computing future. The release is timed to give users a window of time to transition from Oracle 11.2 and 12.1, both of which are scheduled to lose extended support in December 2020 and July 2021, respectively. The new database administration program retains all the values contained in previous versions and adds new features that also follow the earlier prediction.
Building on the Best
Enhancing tried and true services is always a good idea. New features added to agent browser capacities (analytics, console, knowledge, and work spaces) give users better insights into and control over their daily activities. Other Database revisions are included in the digital customer service, knowledge management, and policy automation platforms.
But it’s the future of data management where Oracle’s vision really lies. One of its best successes will be the growth of its Autonomous Cloud services. This release adds innovations to already popular services, such as In-Memory, Multitenant, Sharding, JSON support, and others. It also introduces new functions and features designed to enhance the productivity of all typical use cases.
Two Assets in One: The Autonomous Cloud
The cloud offers unmatched computing capacities because it can process faster and adapt more quickly than most on-prem servers. Automation also speeds computing by shifting repetitive actions to digital workers and away from human creatives. Combining automation and cloud capacities only enhances the value of both.
Oracle’s new automated cloud database release offers several benefits over its predecessors.
- Memory, resource management, indexing, and view advisers are all programmed, which improves performance and provides enhanced diagnostics, too.
- Data itself is optimized with improved storage and segment space management.
- Scaling is optimized, also, with Diagnostic Framework Multitenant Architecture, automatic clone refresh, and machine learning.
The new release simplifies the consolidation of multiple databases, giving users more data availability and better control of the whole. The single multitenant container database hosts multiple pluggable databases, that then share the processor resources and container memory. They’re all managed as one, too, for back, patching, and other purposes.
Oracle 19c enhances existing and introduces new data security features to address emerging data security risks.
- Transparent data encryption was introduced in Oracle 10g and can apply to either or both whole tables or individual columns. Now Oracle can also protect sensitive data in the data dictionary.
- Privilege analysis prevents instances of insider intrusions, a frequent cause of database breaches. Oracle 19c shifts the cost of this heightened security feature to the core Database Enterprise Edition, giving users better privilege controls for less cost.
- The enhanced Unified Audit feature is both context-aware and policy-based, applying both analysis tools to the single audit function. The audit activity includes the Oracle Audit Vault and the Database Firewall to retain relevant information while detecting or defending against inappropriate incursions.
By moving analytics to where data lives, Oracle provides its users with deeper and broader business analysis capacities. Machine learning speeds predictive models across the enterprise and facilitates scale in massive proportions.
If data is king, then Oracle Database 19c is emperor. With the launch of 19c, you’ll learn how this exceptional product will help you manage the emerging opportunities of tomorrow’s digital marketplace.
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