Oracle Database 11g Could See Early Adoption

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Summary

The increased performance, enhanced manageability and stronger security of Oracle Database 11g, the first major new release in about three years, will drive higher-than-normal early adoption.

News Analysis

Event

On 11 July 2007, Oracle announced the next major release of the database management system (DBMS), Oracle Database 11g. This release includes many enhancements to the core DBMS functionality, as well as many new functions and features to improve performance, availability, security, manageability and scalability for both online transaction processing (OLTP) and data warehousing. Pricing will be announced with general availability in August 2007, initially on Linux.

Analysis

Oracle Database 11g builds on the features in Oracle Database 10g, adding a long list of capabilities to enhance manageability and performance. Some of the highlights include:

  • Greater functionality and manageability in Automatic Storage Management (ASM), especially when used in conjunction with Real Application Clusters (RAC)

  • New partitioning techniques specifically for enhanced data warehouse performance, including Partition Advisor to suggest which type of partitioning to use

  • Cost-effective information life cycle management and storage management with new data partitioning and compression (Oracle Advanced Compression)

  • The ability to perform online upgrades and patches

  • The ability to run queries on data from selected tables "as of" a point in the past (Oracle Total Recall) without the hassles of data archiving

  • Enhancements to Oracle Data Guard, including real-time query capability on the standby server to improve the performance of production systems and provide more cost-effective disaster recovery solutions

  • Oracle Real Application Testing, which combines Database Replay (the workload capture and replay feature) with SQL Performance Analyzer to allow the testing of application changes against production workloads and the tuning of SQL before moving the application into a production environment

This new release will increase performance across all types of applications:

  • Data warehouses will benefit from new types of partitioning and Partition Advisor, OLAP enhancements, continuous query notification and advanced SQL tuning capabilities.

  • RAC customers will benefit from Automatic Database Diagnostics Monitor (ADDM), the automated tuning function that now runs on and tunes RAC clusters.

  • All customers will benefit from the enhanced manageability features, especially the testing of applications using Database Replay and online patching and upgrading.

  • Database administrators (DBAs) will benefit from many of these functions, which will eliminate the need to find and analyze necessary tuning information; now DBAs need only decide whether to accept the recommendations from the DBMS.

Oracle will likely see increased revenue from sales of optional features and additional licenses as the size of the databases grows. In addition to binary XML storage, Oracle FastFiles allows customers to store all types of large object data, including multimedia in the database, managed by the DBMS. Because of the new functionality and features, we expect between 15% and 20% of the Oracle customer base to begin using Oracle Database 11g during the initial 12 months. Due to this higher-than-normal early adoption rate, we expect many software vendors to certify Oracle Database 11g early, accelerating in 2008.

Recommendations

Oracle customers:

  • If you are in need of the new features and willing to accept some degree of risk, begin to evaluate Oracle Database 11g when it becomes generally available. The risk vs. reward may be worthwhile for many of these features.

  • The average Oracle customer should wait about 12 months before evaluation and testing, allowing the early adopters to "work out the kinks" associated with new releases.

Prospective customers:

  • Through mid-2008, consider Oracle Database 10g Release 2 for your initial implementation.

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