OPENWORLD 2017 | Oracle debuts revolutionary new machine learning applications

October 3, 2017 - 1:59 AM
Larry Ellison, Oracle executive chairman and chief technology officer onstage for his keynote at this year's OpenWorld at Moscone Center in San Francisco, California on Octber 1, 2017.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA -– Oracle unveiled revolutionary new machine learning applications for database and cyber security in the opening keynote presentation at Oracle OpenWorld 2017 in San Francisco’s Moscone Center.

No less than Larry Ellison, Oracle executive chairman and chief executive officer, in his keynote on Sunday, introduced the Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud, the world’s first 100 percent self-driving autonomous database, and new automated cyber defense applications that detect and remediate attacks in real time.

The announcement on October 1 coincided with the start of OpenWorld 2017, an annual Oracle convention for business decision-makers, IT management, and enterprise end-users.

With total automation based on machine learning, Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud eliminates the human labor required to manage a database by enabling a database to automatically upgrade, patch and tune itself while running, according to the software giant. With no more scope for human error or requirements for human performance testing, Oracle is able to minimize costly planned and unplanned downtime to less than 30 minutes a year and guarantee that organizations can cut their costs in half compared to Amazon.

“Amazon is five to eight times more expensive running the identical workload than the Oracle Autonomous Database,” said, Ellison. “We guarantee you contractually to cut your Amazon bill in half. It’s fairly easy when you’re five to eight times faster. We feel pretty comfortable.”

Oracle chief executive also shared benchmark test results a during short demonstrations that highlighted the huge performance gap between Oracle Database on Oracle Cloud and Oracle Database running on Amazon’s best Oracle Database Cloud Service, Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS). The direct comparison also highlighted the difference between Amazon’s 99.95 percent reliability and availability SLAs, which exclude most sources of unplanned and planned downtime, and Oracle’s 99.995 percent SLA guarantees.

“These are not Oracle went out and made up the most ridiculous demos to make Amazon look bad they could come up with. These are datasets that we actually used for stress testing, and performance testing, and validating our database,” said Ellison. “It’s not unusual for our competitors to use our technology. Amazon knows this. They are one of the biggest Oracle users on the planet Earth. SAP is one of the biggest users of Oracle on Earth.”