Oracle Gold Partner

Oracle’s Autonomous Cloud Database Gets a Boost with a New Dedicated Deployment Service

By | Oracle
Oracles Autonomous Database was a huge transformation in database management and cloud services. This offering provided a more hands off and automated management experience to enable companies to spend less time and energy on ongoing database management tasks and more effort on strategic development. But there were some concerns from enterprise level companies that stopped higher adoption rates. Now, Oracle is releasing more capabilities to help these enterprise level customers isolate their databases for a more customized, dedicated service. Serverless Database – The original offering, Autonomous Database Serverless, is incredibly flexible and hassle-free. The service takes care of infrastructure and maintenance needs with a minimal amount of oversight and configuration. This is great for those customers without a complicated data management system, but for enterprise level customers in need of a more customized experience, this offering proved too limited. Dedicated Database – Now Oracle is rolling out the new Dedicated Deployment service to accommodate more customization and specification. This service provides private cloud hosting within the Oracle Exadata infrastructure hosted on Oracle’s Public Cloud. This means that each customer’s private cloud space is completely isolated, giving them more flexibility when it comes to managing multiple data sources or customizing service (more…)
Backup Recovery

What Sets Oracle’s Second-Generation Cloud Infrastructure Apart?

By | Blog, Oracle
Oracle launched their innovative Next-Generation Cloud Infrastructure at the Oracle Open World conference last October, and it’s been getting rave reviews ever since – changing the ways in which businesses can move to and operate in the Cloud. Oracle’s Gen 2 Cloud was built from the ground up to better accommodate enterprise functions, leverage a business’ existing technology, and optimize security – all while maximizing performance and cutting costs. So, how it is different from the first-generation Cloud? Oracle’s Second-Generation Cloud Infrastructure rises above older Cloud technologies because it was developed with the following capabilities and features in mind. Accommodates Enterprise-Level Workloads Previously, clouds were built for primarily web-based applications; they were not designed for traditional enterprise systems. Many enterprise workloads – often bulky, complex, and deployed on-premise – couldn’t easily be migrated or wouldn’t function in a Gen 1 virtual environment. Kyle York, Oracle’s VP, said in a recent Q&A, “First generation public cloud offerings were not architected to accommodate traditional application architectures. They were architected for net-new cloud native applications. Think websites, mobile apps, or ecommerce storefronts—certainly not financial systems, government workloads, or data-intensive applications.” In fact, a Forrester Study showed that only 15%-30% of enterprise workloads have (more…)
Security

Recovering from a Data Breach

By | Blog, Security
Nobody wants to think about the challenges of a data breach. “It won’t happen to me” or “that’s just for the big guys, I’m not a target” keeps us feeling safe, but the truth is a data breach can happen to anyone. In fact, it is estimated that half of cyberattacks are targeted at small businesses. This doesn’t mean it’s time to panic, just be prepared. Here is a quick overview of what to do if your company experiences a data breach. Before the Breach – It’s a great idea to start thinking about your strategy now so that you can mobilize the most effective response in the event that your company experiences a breach. Create a plan that will involve what steps you will take and who will be your active response team. This is also a great time to research potential partners so that you have data security experts at your disposal if you should need to call them in. Responding to a breach is a multi-step process, and it will expedite your response and minimize the breach impact if your company is ready to go should the time arise. Stop the Leak – The first step is (more…)
Security

Protect Your Cloud Database with Top Strategies for Cloud Security

By | Security
Database and data security are major concerns for most organizations, with good reason. Bad actors are pervasive in our interconnected environment and staying one step ahead takes strategic planning and active management. With more and more databases hosted in the cloud, organizations must be particularly aware of the security risks and data protection strategies available. According to the 2019 Cloud Security Report from Synopsys, 93% of organizations reported being “moderately or extremely concerned about cloud security.” This is understandable, but this concern doesn’t outweigh the benefits of utilizing a cloud or hybrid infrastructure. Instead, the important focus should be on developing and maintaining a robust security strategy, identifying top products and service providers, and taking a proactive stance in your data security platform. Selecting a Secure Cloud Provider – One of the first steps in establishing and maintaining a secure cloud database for your company is identifying the best provider for your needs. Going with a well-established service provider, like Microsoft or Oracle, means peace of mind knowing that the company has an established record of industry-leading security practices. Saving a few dollars on the front end with lesser known providers is just not worth it if it opens up (more…)
BI Services and Strategy

Getting Lost in Big Data?

By | Database Technology Trends, Oracle, SAP HANA, SQL Server, Sybase
Let’s talk a little bit about big data. This is such an important buzz word in technology and data management circles these days. I think, however, that sometimes the nuances get lost. Big data is great, and has amazing potential applications for improving business processes, marketing opportunities, and customer identification, among others. Big data facilitates AI and machine learning, giving us unprecedented insights into patterns of behavior and process improvement opportunities. But the flip side of this is that big data also gives us massive amounts of ‘stuff’ to store and sift. I don’t mean to say that this data isn’t valuable. But without a solid strategy for utilizing and extracting meaning from this data, it can become costly clutter. Big Data has A Big History – Big data is a concept that has been around for a while. Data storage and processing machines were created throughout the 20th century to handle increases in record-keeping needs corresponding to cryptography and security efforts, as well as governmental programs like Social Security and tax management. The British developed Colossus in 1943 to filter through Nazi transmissions and identify patterns for code-breaking. This is essentially the first data processor of the modern era. (more…)

Oracle EBS – Improving Performance with Analyzers

By | Oracle
Oracle E-Business Suite is a fantastic suite of applications designed for the enterprise client to facilitate data management and analytics. The group of tools brings exciting possibilities to the Oracle client. But there’s more. The introduction of Analyzers as proactive tools improves performance and reduces troubleshooting headaches for the EBS client. If you’re using Oracle EBS, it’s time to check out the available Analyzers. What are Analyzers? These tools are essentially diagnostic support tools that can help not only identify issues but also suggest corrective action. They are designed to work alongside your current maintenance program to boost its effectiveness and your productivity. If your current diagnostics tools aren’t offering you suggested solutions, then you’re not using analyzers. The analyzers can also help if you need to open a service request with Oracle. They will gather important data to speed the diagnostic process and get a quick resolution. How do They Work? These tools can be scheduled ahead or run on demand by authorized users. They analyze your environment for known issues and create assessment reports with findings and recommended actions. The analyzers improve the health of your environments and significantly speed time to resolution for service requests. If you (more…)

DataOps – Developing Processes for Analytics and Data Management

By | Custom Software, Database Technology Trends
Big data and analytics mean big things for industries across all sectors. As data continues to grow, so do the applications. The newest challenge is streamlining the analytics process to improve efficiency and create actionable insights in a timely manner. That is where DataOps comes in. This newest development utilizes concepts learned from DevOps practices to simplify and streamline the data pipeline and analytics process. Let’s take a look at how this works. The Science of Analytics The analysis of big data is a complicated process of pattern recognition using statistical tools and algorithms. Your data scientists, engineers, and analysts may all play some part in this role. Managing the analytics process from an operational standpoint, as well as a statistical standpoint, can be time-consuming. If you want to have real, useable insights from your data it is imperative to validate both input and output data. It’s taxing to your analysts and means longer lead times on identifying key insights. But these steps are there for a reason, right? You can’t skip vital processes just because they’re lengthy. But you can innovate those processes and improve their efficiency. The development world has been working on this for a while with (more…)
Data Migration Support

Containers are In – Azure Can Help

By | Azure
Application development and deployment has come a long way in recent years. The introduction of containers opens the door for more lightweight, portable, scalable development. Add to that the capabilities of Kubernetes clusters and you get a new level of efficiency when managing application development, testing, and deployment. If your team is actively using Linux containers and Kubernetes clusters, it’s important to make sure your database products are supporting your efforts. Microsoft Azure has been helping its clients utilize and manage containers with Azure Container Service (ACS), now taking it a step further with the development of Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS). Why Containers? Containers have tons of benefits for API development. They are basically self-contained instances that run natively on your OS, maintaining configuration settings across multiple platforms. Imagine your developers working on an API on their laptop, which has one set of configurations, and then sending to another developer for review. Will the other environment behave exactly the same way? Impossible to know. With virtualization, you can eliminate these issues, but this is taxing on your system. Containers are lightweight so that you can run multiple containers on your machine without experiencing performance issues. Remember, these are running natively, (more…)

Simplify Data Management with Azure Data Studio

By | Azure
Azure is well known as one of the industry’s leading cloud providers, offering exceptional security, business management, and analysis tools in affordable packages. In this article we take a look at one of the best tools for editors and DBAs, the Azure Data Studio. This resource, formerly known as SQL Operations Studio, is a platform for building and editing your SQL queries with useful tools and an intuitive UI. If you are looking for a tool to seamlessly integrate your query editing with your database management, look no further than Azure Data Studio. This cross-platform tool makes managing your database, objects, and queries easier than ever. Initial Release and Rebrand – This product was released for public preview nearly 2 years under the name of SQL Operations Studio, and last fall was released for general availability (GA) under the new name, Azure Data Studio. Some customers questioned whether the Azure heading would pose problems for on-prem SQL infrastructures. The answer is no. Microsoft is dedicated to supporting all instances of SQL Server and related database products, including on-premises and hybrid infrastructures. This means that whether you are hosting on site SQL Servers or utilizing the Azure Cloud infrastructure, you can (more…)

Migrating from SQL Server to Azure

By | Azure, Database Technology Trends, SQL Server
Extended support for SQL Server 2008 has ended, and there is no better time to consider a migration to Azure. Continuing to run business applications and workloads on an unsupported platform will open you up to unnecessary vulnerabilities and potential legal issues. The risk is just not worth it. If you have been holding out for fear of complicated processes, there’s good news, Microsoft is making it easier than ever to migrate to Azure and take advantage of the benefits of cloud computing, including scalable resources and always up-to-date security features. With a trusted database solutions partner, your migration can be quick and painless. Check out this guide for more information about migrating from SQL to Azure. Why Migrate – If you are on SQL Server 2008, the answer is clear. Migrating is a must to stay on top of your database health and security. Now you may be asking, why can’t I just upgrade to Server 2019? You absolutely can. But this time is a perfect opportunity to minimize the impact of a cloud migration to reap the benefits of hosting your workloads in a cloud or hybrid environment. Utilizing the Azure cloud allows for scalable database solutions and (more…)