Monday, October 01, 2012

Oracle Open World: Day 1

I call it Oracle Open World Day 1, but according to many people the actual Oracle Open World starts tomorrow. The day started with the streets of San Francisco filling up with OOW attendees, all wearing Oracle badges.

Being in a foreign country, a foreign language, different products & shops and customs, everything felt a bit strange and I didn't feel like I fit in. But after attending the first day of OOW, talking to people who speak my language (being Oracle!) and having the same passion (being Oracle), it felt like home again.

I started off by attending Jim Marion's session PeopleSoft Technology Special Interest Group (SIG) with main topic PeopleSoft Mobile.

Jim started off by telling and demoing how to create a mobile page using (Oracle ADF) Trinidad that connect to CI Based Web services. This was not what I was expecting, since I know from Jim's blog site that he would rather use REST services and jQuery Mobile using JSON. Not long after this, it became clear that Jim wanted to demonstrate that there are several possibilities in creating mobile pages for PeopleSoft and he started demoing using REST services with jQuery. What surprised me ,was that Jim was calling the REST services directly with an HTML output with styling. That gave a real logical twist to the subject, where we were playing around with this and creating jQuery pages and trying to read the response and adding this to the page, which is in fact using the SOAP style of web services.  What also surprised me, was authentication. He showed that when you call a REST service from a browser and authentication is set to basic, it will pop a sign in page. This is browser behavior, so no coding is required! I am definitely going to try this when I get home. But I was not alone at the session ...

Can you name all these experts? Hint

The second session I attended was from Luc Bors from Amis about Mobile Development using Oracle ADF Mobile Native. There was a large crowd and as always everyone was amazed by the possibilities and appearance. At the end everyone was asking the same question: "When will it be Generally Available?". Unfortunately Luc was not allowed to comment on that. Let's hope this will be GA soon.

After this session everyone was running to Moscone South for the keynote from Fujitsu Limited Corporate Senior Vice President Noriyuki Toyoki, talking about hardware (new SPARC) and software and how this is a part of life. Although a very interesting keynote, everyone came to see Larry and hear what Oracle will be bringing in 2013. To give you an idea, this was me going down the escalator ...

And the line didn't stop there ...

The intro before Larry came on stage, was like being at a rock concert. Loud music with bass levels you could feel through your entire body. And like everything in America, big is not big enough, you need to go enormous. Larry was presenting on 8 screens.

After this my battery died, so no more pictures.

Larry announced 4 new topics, all concerning the Cloud:
  • IaaS

  • Private Cloud

  • Database 12c

  • Exadata X3
As you can see in the picture Larry is holding a microphone and a ppt clicker, also new this year (to Larry). At one moment Larry used his famous line "Next slide please" and continued his sentence with "Oh no, I have a clicker myself"

IaaS being Infrastructure as a Service. Oracle is now, besides SaaS (Applications in the Cloud), PaaS (Platfrom as a Service, databases, middleware), also delivering IaaS (OS, VM, etc). With this Oracle will be delivering the full Cloud solution to customers. SaaS being the Application layer, PaaS being the middleware layer for connectivity and IaaS so you can deploy custom applications and extend your application to your needs and integrate with other applications.

With Private Cloud, Oracle is offering the cloud experience, but hosted behind your own firewall. The cloud experience being, that the hardware is still owned, maintained and upgraded by Oracle against a monthly fee, but hosted safely in your own data center (think about banks).

With Oracle Database 12c (c stands for Cloud), you have a multitenant database. Also designed for the cloud, the idea is that you have one database container with pluggable database instances with all hardware resource allocation for the database, whereas before every database had its own hardware, CPU etc. With this you can have your database instances and therefore data ,truly separated, while minimizing hardware costs. This is also the goal for a multi client SaaS solution.

The last topic really got everyone astonished. Exadata X3 with Database in memory! Yes, in memory, no more using hard disks, but all data being stored on flash cache memory. Oracle is offering a 26 TB in memory storage to store not one, but all your databases. Because your databases are in memory, all I/O also happens in memory.

Some numbers:
  • 100GB/sec running SQL

  • 1.5 million flash reads I/O per second

  • 1 million flash writes I/O per second

Sounds impossible? Not according to Larry. See Larry's full keynote at

Stay tuned for tomorrow's report.

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