Will Oracle's Ellison Change Backup, Patch Management Forever?

Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) is working on a new technology that could dramatically change how its databases and applications are patched, backed up and restored. For managed services providers (MSPs), it's time to keep a close eye on Larry Ellison's next move -- which is called the Oracle Database 12c. Here's why MSPs should care.

Ellison and several other Oracle executives discussed Database 12c throughout Oracle OpenWorld 2012 this week. Ellison calls it a "pluggable" database architecture, where multiple databases can be dropped into a single 12c container. Drop 100 Oracle databases into the container, and all of those databases can be patched and backed up simultaneously, Ellison asserted. The same holds true for patch management, he added.

Quite a few MSPs offer managed database services -- across Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL and more. I'm curious to know if those MSPs think the forthcoming Oracle Database 12c release will ease their management tasks.

Innovator or Late Responder?

But here's the thing: Is Oracle leading this revolution or is Ellison late to market? After all, what he's really referring to is a multitenant database. And multitenancy is nothing new in the world of software. Some skeptics would therefore say Oracle is late to this revolution.

Still, Ellison has an interesting spin on the situation. He claims most multitenant solutions -- particularly those implemented in the public cloud -- are implemented at the application level. Ellison claims that approach risks all sorts of security and management headaches. Ellison concedes that multitenancy at the infrastructure level was a step forward, but still does not address many of the management capabilities that Oracle 12c will offer. (See FastChat Video from MSPmentor's sister site, The VAR Guy, below.)

Is this a game changer for MSPs? I don't know but I'm really intrigued. I suspect the actual Oracle Database 12c release is still around nine months from release. But it's hard to bet against Ellison's database track record.

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