As organizations work harder to leverage more data than ever before, many are finding that cloud database platforms offer the necessary scalability and flexibility to handle unpredictable workloads. Database cloud capabilities are alternatively described as data as a service or database as a service, and can provide relational or NoSQL database management capabilities.
Whether accessed in the cloud on a subscription basis, within the security of enterprise walls as a private cloud, or as a hybrid database instance, the key benefits of these approaches are their ability to handle workload spikes that are often hard to achieve in purely on premises deployments. Cloud computing, especially cloud databases, provides an approach for organizations increasingly drowning in data to more effectively deal with demands for more access and capabilities while also keeping control of cost. Built on shared resources, cloud approaches facilitate the sharing of cost across business divisions as in the case of private clouds or across companies as is the case with public clouds.
With the increasing demand to do more with data, to support more data types, and leverage data more effectively for better decision making, cloud databases can provide the necessary to agility and speed.
Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Cloud Database:
Winner: Oracle Database 12c
Winners' Circle by Jeb Dasteel, Senior VP & Chief Customer Officer
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Oracle is shifting the complexity from IT, moving it out of the enterprise byengine ering hardware and software to work together—in the cloud and in the data center. By eliminating complexity and simplifying IT, Oracle enables its customers—400,000 of them in more than 145 countries around the world—to accelerate innovation and create added value for their customers ... read on.
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