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Another architectural feature, Oracle Multitenant, allows a container database to hold many pluggable databases. As a result, the vendor said, ISV applications can rely on Oracle Database 12c to provide multitenancy without architecting multitenancy into the application. Since no application changes are required, ISVs can adopt this architecture and rapidly deliver their applications as software as a service on the cloud.

Oracle SuperCluster is an integrated server, storage, networking, and software system that provides maximum database and application performance and minimal support and maintenance effort and complexity at the lowest total cost of ownership. It is ideal for Oracle Database and best for ISV customers who need to maximize return on their software investments, increase their IT agility, and improve application usability and overall IT productivity.

Finally, Oracle Database in the Cloud is intended to enable the vendor’s partners to leverage Oracle’s Database Cloud Service and expand the range of platform and deployment options with new Oracle database-as-a-service offerings with a full development and deployment platform.

How do vendors in the Oracle space view these new initiatives? Many see Oracle’s emphasis on performance paying off. “We are seeing an increased demand from our client base for Oracle Engineered Systems as a whole,” said James White, vice president of solution architecture for Secure-24. “Oracle Exalytics is gaining significant momentum in the Oracle EPM and BI space. It has solidified itself as a platform for clients who demand real-time business intelligence. In-memory computing is changing what is possible for business intelligence.”

Oracle’s increasingly tighter embrace of cloud couldn’t come too soon, others said. The database tier is typically the back end to the web and app tiers, meaning those two tiers have scaled to the point where it makes business sense for Oracle to prioritize its cloud offering,” said Jae Lee, director of cloud product management for Silver Peak. “Having the enterprise database tier in the cloud translates to more machine-to-machine interactions within and across cloud environments. For enterprise users, this suggests that the wide area network topology is increasing in complexity, and only further emphasizes the need for WAN performance consistency and data privacy.”

Superior engineered system performance and efficiency results in the need for fewer software licenses and higher productivity per licensed user.

Oracle Database 12c’s cloud orientation has also made it possible for disaster protection during database rolling upgrades, said Hiren Bhatt, senior vice president for NTT Data. In addition, Oracle’s embrace of the cloud “helps its enterprise user base through support consolidation strategies using the Resource Manager as well as incident management and software and hardware integration with Oracle Support.”

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