Oracle’s New Self-driving Services to Lower Cost, Reduce Risk

Thomas Kurian,President of Product Development, Oracle

The latest Oracle self-driving services will use AI and machine learning to help organisations lower cost, reduce risk, accelerate innovation, and get predictive insights.
Oracle President of Product Development Thomas Kurian, who made this known at the Oracle CloudWorld New York event yesterday while demonstrating the latest advances in Oracle Cloud Platform, also said that the tech giant it is expanding the Oracle Cloud Platform Autonomous Services beyond the Oracle Autonomous Database, to make all Oracle Cloud Platform services self-driving, self-securing and self-repairing.
According to Kurian, with its enhanced suite of autonomous Cloud Platform services, Oracle is now setting a new industry standard for autonomous cloud capabilities noting that as organisations focus on delivering innovation fast, “they want a secure set of comprehensive, integrated cloud services to build new applications and run their most demanding enterprise workloads.”
He said: “Only Oracle’s cloud services can automate key operational functions like tuning, patching, backups and upgrades while running to deliver maximum performance, high availability, and secure enterprise IT systems.”
He explained that to accelerate innovation and smarter decision making, Oracle Cloud Platform is incorporating additional autonomous capabilities specific to application development, mobile and bots, app and data integration, analytics, security and management.
“The future of tomorrow’s successful enterprise IT organisation is in full end-to-end automation,” said Kurian stressing,”At Oracle, we are making this a reality. We are weaving autonomous capabilities into the fabric of our cloud to help customers safeguard their systems, drive innovation faster, and deliver the ultimate competitive advantage with smarter real-time decisions.”
Oracle’s autonomous capabilities are integral to the entire Oracle Cloud Platform, including the world’s first autonomous database unveiled at Oracle OpenWorld.
The Oracle Autonomous Database uses advanced AI and machine learning to eliminate human labor, human error and manual tuning delivering unprecedented availability, high performance and security at a much lower cost.
Kurian disclosed that multiple autonomous database services, each tuned to a specific workload, will be available in 2018, including Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud Service for analytics, Oracle Autonomous Database OLTP for transactional and mixed workloads, and Oracle Autonomous NoSQL Database for fast, massive-scale reads and writes.
He added that the Oracle Autonomous Database, Oracle Cloud Platform autonomous capabilities for application development, mobile and bots, integration, analytics, security and system management, are scheduled to be available in the first half of calendar year 2018.
Oracle Cloud Platform services all share foundational autonomous capabilities including: Self-Driving to Lower Costs and Increase Productivity: Eliminate human labor to provision, secure, monitor, backup, recover and troubleshoot. Automatically upgrade and patch itself while running. Instantly grow and shrink compute or storage without downtime.
Self-Securing to Lower Risk: Protect from external attacks and malicious internal users. Automatically apply security updates while running to protect against cyberattacks, and automatically encrypt all data.
Self-Repairing for Higher Availability:Provide automated protection from all planned and unplanned downtime with up to 99.995 % availability, resulting in less than 2.5 minutes of downtime per month including planned maintenance.
At the event, Oracle demonstrated a single Oracle Digital Assistant for users to interact across Oracle’s SaaS and PaaS services including analytics. Oracle Digital Assistant provides centralized connection for the user to converse across the user’s CRM, ERP, HCM, custom applications and business intelligence data and uses AI to intelligently correlate data and automate user behaviour.
While commenting on the demo by Oracle, Saurabh Sharma, Principal Analyst, Ovum said: “Platform as a Service has become a critical component of the cloud delivery model to help drive business agility and innovation for enterprises.”
According to him, with Oracle revealing its AI and machine learning-based Autonomous PaaS, Oracle is bringing productivity gains, cost reduction and human error reduction to the forefront of enterprises looking for possible ways to drive faster innovation.
He said that Oracle Cloud Platform’s autonomous PaaS capabilities will let enterprises scale, back-up, upgrade, diagnose, correct and secure enterprise PaaS cloud services.
Maureen Akello, East Africa

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