September to December is what we like to know as conference season with several annual conferences and tech events taking place in these months. The most notable in recent years has been Microsoft Ignite which typically takes place in the last 2 weeks of September, or at least for the past few years.
This year Microsoft Ignite has been moved til November which has paved the way for us to attend one of our other biggest product’s conference, Oracle OpenWorld, which kicked off today in San Francisco and our technical director Matt Parkinson is there to pick up the latest news and developments that will shape our Oracle services in the coming year.
Oracle has been one of our fastest growing product lines in recent years and you may have also seen that we’ve recently been accepted onto the G-Cloud framework for our Oracle services which makes attendance to the conference this year even more beneficial.
Part of our managed services offerings is that we attend these events for our customers to obtain information that is relevant to them and ultimately us to move services forwards together. We’ll be working hard to bring the latest updates in a new blog post every day this week from the conference so be sure to check back each day for the latest post. You can also follow the hashtag #OOW19 on twitter for information from ourselves and other Oracle partners through the week.
Day 1 got off to a packed start with 6 general sessions attended and a keynote speech from Larry Ellison, co-founder and CTO of Oracle. The sessions today covered a variety of different topics from new features in Oracle Database 19 to migration paths onto Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.
One of the early sessions covered 18 different methods to move to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure which varied in complexity, downtime and features. The key takeaway was that a lot of the similar methods for doing migrations on other infrastructure continue through to OCI making it easy to migrate. It was also clear that dependent on your infrastructure and requirements there is an option to suit.
Another key session today was around innovation of database in 12c and 18c which discussed some of the features available in newer versions of Oracle Database. The key points to note were the increased security ethos with tools like privilege capture which can be used to analyse privileges and revoke privileges which are not required. In addition the introduction of the unified audit trail makes it far easier to keep set policies for auditing and to review the resulting logs.
The final thing to touch on today was the keynote speech in which several new announcements were made such as Oracle Autonomous Linux being released which is reported as the world’s first fully autonomous operating system. Oracle Autonomous Linux performs a number of system management tasks using machine learning to learn about the system and it’s function and adapting the configuration to suit. The aim is to remove human interaction from the management of the servers and reduce the risk of an accidental configuration change or unexpected result causing downtime.
What was clear from the keynote as well was that although Oracle’s preference is now Oracle Cloud they recognise the need to allow their products to be run in the environment that the client desires. This ultimately means there is a lot of support for Oracle products in other environments such as other clouds, on-premises systems or even a hybrid scenario. This was also further enhanced by the announcement that Oracle are aiming to bring the autonomous database and other generation 2 cloud features to their customer hosted solutions. This allows you to run the same environments and products as Oracle Cloud Infrastructure but in any environment.
Lastly there were a number of technical configuration changes gathered from today and some new and old features which are starting to form part of our action points for implementing after the conference to make our Oracle environments greater. One of our account managers will be in touch with any Oracle customers after the conference to discuss these action points and rolling them out to you.
By Matt Parkinson on September 17th, 2019