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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Oracle Database 11g Launch in New York City

An Exciting Launch!
It was exciting to be invited to the Oracle Database 11g launch in New York City. As part of the Oracle beta leadership council, it was great to see so much energy and interest surrounding the Oracle Database 11g release. One thing that is very important with the growth of data and the need of businesses to be able to be nimble and respond to change quickly, is that databases need to constantly get faster, improve diagnostics and troubleshooting, reduce the cost of ownership and improve manageability. The Oracle Database 11g release definitely succeeds in all these areas.

I thought one of the highlights was for the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) to get so much stage time with Charles Phillips. I felt is showed the tremendous input the IOUG has provided with the Oracle Database 11g product and Oracle's recognition of that. As a board of director for the IOUG and my involvement with the Oracle beta leadership council it was nice to see the important role the IOUG plays in the industry be recognized at such a high profile event. The IOUG is also continuing to play an ever increasing role in the Oracle 11g Middleware beta program due to the IOUG's profile in the Oracle Fusion middleware space.

Oracle Releases
Historically speaking the first Oracle release of Oracle Database 5, 6, 7, 8, 8i, and 9i were definitely bleeding edge releases. However Oracle 10g and Oracle Database 11g have been by far the most stable and well tested first releases in the history of Oracle. While a lot of people were talking about not moving to the first release of Oracle 10g, they did not realize that Oracle 10g had a lot of bug fixes for Oracle 9i and had a lot of improvements in the advanced features of Oracle.

I feel the Oracle beta program has had a significant positive impact on the Oracle 10g and 11g releases. By getting industry leaders from user groups such at the IOUG allows recognized industry leaders to have direct input and to provide feedback directly to Oracle product managers and developers. It has been wonderful to see how open Oracle has been to listening to the user groups and the incredible effort the Oracle product teams have put into the release. As Charles Phillips mentioned, Oracle Database 11g is the gold standard of Oracle releases and the Oracle beta program has been a large part of that success.

Be Careful of Old Sages
I understand the important need to be cautious about upgrading and to minmize risk and downtime. Everyone understands it is important to be careful about upgrading. You'll see an old sage say, well the new software release is interesting but I think I will wait for a later release. You'll then see a number of DBAs nod their heads in agreement. That's also like saying I am going to save my company money and reduce risk by continuing to run my company with old techniques that are out of date. Companies like this are running their databases more like the way they did 5 or 10 years ago with a sprinkling of new features being used. They are bragging about their up time yet not leveraging features that would help the organization and save it money. Safe is important but so is maximizing your ability to be competitive in the industry. The old saying, "if it isn't broke, dont' fix it" isn't always the best approach.

Technology needs to leverage what businesses are doing and to give business a competitive advantages. Companies need to look more carefully at the benefits of new features and how these features can benefit the business. I am not saying take your highest profile database and move it to Oracle Database 11g when it first comes out. What I am saying is that customers looking to migrate lower profile Oracle 9i databases should strongly consider migrating to Oracle Database 11g to leverage the benefits of the new features. If the new features of Oracle Database 11g are used out of the box, a company has the opportunity to significantly reduce their cost of ownership, increase availability, improve performance and manageability.

Benefits of Oracle Database 11g
Oracle Database 11g definitely hits the mark in:
  • Making the database and database applications run faster in key areas.
  • Improves important features related to Real Application Clusters, Data Guard and Oracle Streams.
  • Reduces cost of ownership with Change Assurance (Database Replay) and Lifecycle Management.
  • Greatly improves manageability and diagnosability.
A few features I really like that may not make a top ten list but I really liked include:
  • PL/SQL gets faster and easier to adminster with native compilation without the need for an external compiler.
  • Java in the database gets significantly faster.
  • PHP in the database who would have ever thought.
If you are an organization that needs to leverage technology to improve the business and make it more competitive then I highly recommend a detailed review of Oracle Database 11g features to see what benefits can help your business. You may decide not to move to Oracle Database 11g but to keep your organization as competitive as possible, a through analysis of Oracle Database 11g should be done.



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