Database 11g will boast a host of new, innovative features — such as Database Replay and its new Real Application Testing-related capabilities — but do these new fangled gadgets really matter to DBAs in the trenches?
I recently talked to one of my longtime sources, Forrester Research Inc. analyst Noel Yuhanna, at length about Database 11g. Yuhanna, a true DBMS expert who is extremely knowledgeable about the database marketplace, said there’s no question that Oracle is the leader when it comes to innovation.
“Database 11g shows Oracle’s leadership with innovations and advancements in the database technologies,” Yuhanna said. “Basically, it is continuing to extend the database features and functionality around key areas. They are availability, performance, security and unstructured data.”
Some of the innovations or enhancements that Oracle rolls out are a direct response to customer demand. According to Yuhanna, improvements in manageability features since Oracle 9i definitely fall into that category.
“I know that there are customers who are concerned about Oracle’s manageability in version 9, and 10 has improved quite a bit on manageability features,” the analyst explained. “In 11g, the trend is continuing where Oracle is going to extend upon automation and manageability, making it much easier to manage databases.”
I can see DBAs taking advantage of new manageability features, but what about some of the other bells and whistles. Sometimes when I talk to DBAs I get the feeling that they’re happy leaving well enough alone, and aren’t necessarily eager to try out new features and functionality — essentially for fear that they might break something.
What do you folks think? What is the process like for rolling out new features in your organization, and how long does that process take? Also, is Oracle helpful on that front?
Let me know what you think and hopefully we can get a news story going on this topic.