Point of Oracle10g Manageability
The initial marketing of Oracle10g revolves around grid
computing. But grid computing was not the
design focus of this Oracle release, nor will it provide the main user benefits of this
upgrade. Thats not to say Oracles
commitment to cluster and grid technology isnt real and important. Oracles competitors dont seem to be
trying to solve the same hard problems that Oracle is addressing, and some day
Oracles efforts will likely pay off in a big way.
That day just wont be very soon.
If you think for a moment, thats self-evident. Grid computing wont be a major concern for
most customers for years, by which point there will have been an Oracle11 and probably an
Oracle12, each with their own marketing emphasis. Thus
is hardly a new Oracle tactic. With every
major database release, Oracle chooses a marketing theme, and usually that theme is only
loosely tied to current product and market realities.
By the time Oracle actually delivers on the promise of the theme, several
other database versions and marketing themes will have come and gone.
For example, internet-focused Oracle8i in retrospect had
few significant internet-specific features -- the Internet File System iFS
fizzled, 8is content management advances were under-utilized, and Java in the
database turned out to be a generic enterprise feature rather than an internet-specific
one. Unbreakable Oracle9i
did not provide great, widely-adopted improvements in sturdiness or security. And so it is with grids; by the time the Oracle
database is installed on very many grids, its version number will probably be somewhere in
the teens. In fact, the very name 10g and presumably
the Grid marketing focus wasnt chosen until a couple of months
before the products final release. Until
then, the upcoming release was referred to internally at Oracle as 10i.
So if it isnt grids, what IS current and important
about Oracle10g? For starters, as in
every major release of the Oracle database, Oracle10g is supposed to have major
performance enhancements in a number of areas. We
find this claim very credible. Similarly
and overlappingly it sports a number of advances meant specifically to
advance data warehousing and business intelligence. But
the most significant refinements and innovations in Oracle10g fall in the area of manageability.
Indeed, Oracle reports that 10gs manageability enhancements
were a huge initiative, occupying many of Oracles most experienced DBMS
This focus on manageability makes perfect strategic
sense. TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) is king. And with hardware getting cheaper, software
getting cheaper, and custom programming being outsourced to cheap countries, administrative costs are an ever bigger part of TCO. Whats more, manageability is historically a major competitive
challenge for Oracle; 10g is designed to neutralize that issue.
Oracle10g actually reflects several distinct major
A major upgrade to its general installation and management
tools, with lots of policy automation, automated configuration, etc.
A new set of aids to SQL tuning.
A new, simpler file system.
Taken together, these could radically reduce the costs
of Oracle database administration and thus reduce one of Microsofts few major
competitive advantages in the DBMS market.
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