OREANDA-NEWS. Oracle today announced a series of major innovations across the Oracle Cloud Platform that are designed to give organizations the confidence they need to run their most critical applications in the Cloud. At the heart of Oracle’s Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is Oracle’s new Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) based on Oracle Database 12c Release 2. Oracle’s new database is being made available in the Cloud first, providing businesses of all sizes with access to the world’s fastest, most scalable and reliable database technology in a cost-effective and flexible Cloud environment.

For nearly 40 years, more than 300,000 customers have trusted Oracle database technology to run database applications. Today, Oracle is bringing that speed, scale and reliability to the Cloud with a new DBaaS offering. Oracle Database 12c Release 2 is fully compatible from entry-level to the largest database workloads and enables businesses to take advantage of on-premise-grade capabilities to run database development, small to mid-sized business and departmental applications, as well as enterprise applications in the Cloud.

Oracle today also unveiled new enhancements and Oracle Cloud Platform offerings including comprehensive tools for all application development models. This includes simplified migration and extension of enterprise workloads in the Cloud, tools for Cloud native, and low-code development. PaaS enhancements unveiled today also include nineteen new Cloud services including: Container Cloud Service, Oracle Identity Cloud Service, Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service, Big Data Cloud Services and Oracle Analytics Cloud Services.

Today’s announcements by Oracle come at a time when many organizations have found themselves wanting to leverage the cost and simplicity of the Cloud but have yet to make the move. Concerns about security, scale and complexity, uncertain migration paths, fragmented toolsets, and inconsistent user experiences have left many businesses sitting on the sidelines in search of a Cloud offering with the on-premise-grade capabilities enterprise IT requires. With today’s announcements, Oracle is delivering the end-to-end capabilities enterprises need to take full advantage of the Cloud.

“Oracle Cloud Platform enables developers, IT, and line of business leaders to easily leverage the Cloud for any workload,” said Thomas Kurian, president of Oracle product development. “Oracle Cloud Platform offers an integrated offering across IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS, because that’s what the enterprise customer demands. Oracle makes it easy to run our open standards based Platform as a Service in the public cloud with high performance and availability.”

Next Generation Database-as-a-Service

Today’s release of Oracle’s world’s number one database, Oracle Database 12c Release 2, coming first in the Cloud, marks a new era of magnitude and innovation for the enterprise. Building on its unique multi-tenant architecture and in-memory technology, Oracle’s flagship database is poised to exceed today’s requirements and future-proof enterprise against the exponential data sprawl of tomorrow with faster analytics workloads and unrivalled support for database magnitudes up to hundreds of terabytes.

Oracle Database will also help reinvent productivity for DevOps while bolstering security by enabling rapid setup and teardown of new databases as well as advanced configuration to combine the world-class performance of Oracle Exadata engineered systems with Oracle’s unique pluggable database technology. This next-generation standard of performance is now available as an entry-level solution for small to medium sized databases in production, development and testing—starting at just $175 per month with Oracle Exadata Express Cloud Service.

For enterprises to build on top of the world’s number one database, Oracle today released a range of new PaaS services that make it easier to develop, move, manage and connect in the Cloud.

New Approaches for Cloud Application Developers

With Oracle PaaS, developers have more choice than ever to develop on-premise or in the Cloud, using a variety of languages and services. Oracle’s Application Container Cloud Service now includes support for PHP, along with Node.js and Java. Applications composed from multiple PaaS services can be created, scaled and managed as a single unit with the new Oracle Cloud Stack Manager. In addition, enterprises can migrate Java EE apps to the Cloud automatically using Oracle AppToCloud while adding capabilities like active standby and increasing cluster size as the application is moved to the Cloud. Anyone can author complete applications from a browser without coding skills, using the Oracle Application Builder Cloud Service low-code development platform to extend services with pre-populated Oracle Software-as-a-Service APIs or custom services from a common REST API catalog.

Oracle Developer Cloud Service also makes collaboration between developers easier by integrating with popular collaboration tools like Slack, Hipchat, Hashicorp's Packer and Terraform and including agile management features for managing sprints, tasks and backlogs.

Oracle Mobile Cloud Service now provides actionable insights and engagement across multi-channels and micro locations to improve the customer experience. It also provides an intelligent and contextual Chatbots experience across multiple messaging channels like Facebook Messenger, Slack, Kik and others.

Proactive Cloud Security with Identity and Analytics

Oracle Identity Cloud Service is a new Cloud-native security and identity platform that quickly integrates with Cloud applications using open standards and allows user identities to be managed across Cloud and on-premise deployments.

Security is further enhanced with the new Oracle Security Monitoring and Analytics Cloud Service in the new Oracle Management Cloud that uses machine learning to help identify threats and provide early warnings. Oracle Management Cloud is the first fully integrated tool to manage the lifecycle of enterprise applications. It uses machine learning to monitor and analyze end-to-end operational data across heterogeneous environments, detect anomalies and help ensure performance and compliance.

Simplifying Application and Data Integration across Multiple Clouds and On-Premise

Developers can use Oracle API Platform Cloud Service to create, secure and manage their APIs with zero code and pre-built analytics charts, while being able to run the API gateway within the Oracle Cloud, on-premise or on third party clouds. Zero-code orchestration for Cloud to on-premise integration is also now available with Oracle Integration Cloud Service which includes more than fifty pre-built adapters for apps including Ariba, Concur, LinkedIn, Salesforce, Slack, Twilio, Twitter and more.

Oracle’s Data Integration Cloud Service offers streaming replication and extract, transform and load capabilities for a variety of use cases including data migration and to support data warehouse style workloads that move data across PaaS, including Oracle Database as a service, Oracle Big Data Cloud Service, and even non-Oracle DBaaS. Oracle Data Integration Cloud includes a unified design environment for developing MapReduce transformations, transforming structured data and developing Hive-based transformations, all in a single utility. Oracle delivers an industry first in its ability to replicate data in near real-time or in batches from on-premise to the Cloud or from one Cloud to another.

Using Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service, customers can deploy out-of-the-box IoT applications such as Asset Monitoring, Production Monitoring, Fleet Monitoring or Connected Worker. The IoT Cloud service delivers simplified connectivity through device virtualization, streaming and predictive analytics. This combines in-motion data collected from devices, at-rest contextual data residing in the ERP and CRM applications and pre-existing integrations with business applications like Oracle Service Cloud, Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle’s JD Edwards and Oracle’s PeopleSoft.