Takeaways from Oracle OpenWorld 2016

Takeaways Oracle Openworld

I left Oracle Corporation in January after a stint of almost 11 years, with a sigh a relief and a bit of regret that I may not get another chance to come to OpenWorld. But as fate would have it Robin decided to exhibit at OpenWorld 2016, and so I was back for my 6th consecutive conference. No longer affiliated with Oracle, I had a different perspective form past years.


OpenWorld started with Larry Ellison demonstrating the chatbots and then announcing IaaS 2.0 and a plethora of services on cloud. Of these, I found the Exadata express service really interesting as it gives a developer access to an Oracle 12.2 database for $175 a month (20 GB size). I am a little biased to this service – this was my last project at Oracle before I left and moved on to Robin.

Containers for Oracle Database

Now onto the Robin side of things. I was fairly confident about our collateral for the event but a bit worried as well as I was not sure whether the visitors at OpenWorld would care much about containers. I was wrong. Very wrong.

Over the course of 3 days, our booth had close to 2000 unique visitors. While Tim Kelly and team worked their way through the Robin overview presentation we were busy explaining containers and the use of container technology in the Oracle database space. One of the most repeated but obvious questions that came up time and again was whether the Oracle database is supported to run on Linux Containers. The answer is Yes and it is documented in Oracle support documentation. Most of the other questions were around the benefits of containers, such as why and how containers (LXC) can be adopted in the Oracle database ecosystem. A few visitors, whose familiarty with containers was more advanced than others, asked us about Docker. While Oracle does support many of its applications on Docker, they are yet to certify and support the database on Docker containers. If rumors are to be believed that support is not far away.
Takeaways Oracle OpenWorld - With support for Linux Containers, Oracle database customers want to consolidate Oracle & other databases on the same server

Consolidation – A Key Driver

One of the most important takeaways from my discussions with our visitors was that almost every Oracle database customer is looking to consolidate their databases, either on premises or in the cloud. This consolidation strategy is not just about running Oracle databases together in a server but looking at consolidating different types of databases – for example, an Oracle database and MongoDB – on the same server or a set of servers. This need to consolidate and also manage with granular control has led these users to think about a platform that supports every type of databases exactly the same way. They want a platform (read database-as-a-service DBaaS) that not only reduces the operational challenges along with licensing and capital expenditure but also makes application lifecycle management very simple.

Almost every user is now looking at cloud as a strategic option. Aside from security compliance considerations there is no reason why a database cannot be moved to the cloud.

OpenWorld attendees visiting our booth really liked our product as they can now leverage Robin to build this uber database as a service platform that provides cloud-like elasticity and agility. If they are not yet ready for DBaaS they saw the opportunity to simply consolidate their existing databases and save on both Oracle database and virtualization licenses.

Demos – Robin for Oracle Database

We built a wide variety of demos for this event. If you did not get a chance to come to OpenWorld or did not know about Robin, you can watch the videos here.

You can also learn more about Robin for Relational Databases.


Author Deba Chatterjee, Director Products

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