Over the last several years, Oracle developed a reputation for litigiousness with its own clients. In 2018, the company allegedly threatened customers with licensing audits on their on-premise Oracle software. Oracle suggested however that if those customers move to the cloud, they could potentially avoid a usage audit.
The Information names “oil and gas exploration company Halliburton, toymaker Mattel, and electricity provider Edison Southern California” as rejecting cloud-powered service deals proposed by Oracle. It also names the 2015 Mars settlement, in which Oracle contended that VMware’s Live Migration technology makes Oracle software “available for use,” for which Oracle contended Mars was liable for licenses on all of the candy maker’s virtual environments—despite Live Migration not being enabled!
This is why I feel we are going through another major inflection point with enterprise databases. The last major inflection point was in the early 2000s when enterprise Unix systems came under pressure and began to fall behind adoption of x86 Linux systems. I wrote Paradigm Shift, Seven Keys of Highly Successful Linux and Open Source Adoptions in 2003 for that reason. And PostgreSQL is another inflection point to this continued evolution.
When you think about it, Oracle DBMS offers no real important feature differentiation for most application workloads. As a result, migration from enterprise database software is an increasingly compelling option for businesses. But there is some trepidation within the IT community because of the need for low latency from their apps, or the need for advanced capabilities like high availability or disaster recovery for terabytes of data, or monitoring telemetry for a database cluster? What about the decision to use virtual machines (VMs) or containers?
Enter Diamanti. Diamanti brings the benefits of the public cloud (“write once, run anywhere”) to your own data center. With Diamanti along with Crunchy PostgreSQL, you can build and manage your own database-as-a-service in any public, private, or hybrid cloud infrastructure that is simple, easy-to-deploy and manage. And there’s no proprietary software licensing fees!
As a Google certified Cloud Architect, my first advice when choosing to go down the Kubernetes route with enterprise databases is to use concepts like sharding, failover, replication, persistent data and built-in backups, all things Diamanti and Crunchy Data provide.
It’s really easy to get a 3-node database cluster delivered to your doorstep for a 30-day POC. So let us know if you wanna get away (from Oracle)…