Link: As it shifts cloud focus to platform services, Oracle tries to hold on to its database legacy

‘“the way Oracle plans on differentiating itself from Amazon is by offering a complete suite of platform services at a higher level than infrastructure services,” Ellison said. Open-source databases like MySQL and MongoDB have become very popular with developers in the cloud era, but there are still lots of companies running Oracle databases on their own hardware as well as companies that want to maintain application compatibility with Oracle but through Oracle’s cloud services.’
Original source: As it shifts cloud focus to platform services, Oracle tries to hold on to its database legacy

Link: Whither the DBA

“In every case in which a CIO or other executive has driven or authorized substantial investments in service-based database infrastructure, changes in DBA roles have followed. As two financial industry executives put it at a conference in Jersey City and re:Invent, respectively, their DBAs are all being moved to doing more generic DevOps-style roles, roles that involve more architecture and engineering than traditional database administration. This is the logical outcome of a scenario in which making a database fault-tolerant with 6 copies across three availability zones with continuous backup is now merely a product feature instead of a full time job or jobs.”
Original source: Whither the DBA

In the early years MS-DOS versions up to version 5 sold for a relatively high price, of the order of US$1,000, but the executable Terminate-and-Stay-Resident (TSR) database engine file could be distributed with applications without payment of any licence fee.

The good ol’ days: Btrieve, Wikipedia

The plight of the DBA – Press Pass

What’s a DBA to do in a cloud world where platform as a service and PaaS-like automation seemingly removes much of the need to constantly car for pet databases? Well, there’s still troves of existing databases left and, really, things aren’t that perfect in cloud-land. I spoke with Klint Finley on this topic last week for his story on Heroku. He asked, “are the days of the DBA numbered? to which I responded:

I don’t think the DBAs days are numbered just yet. Last I checked, the US bureau of labor statistics is actually predicting an increase, if that’s anything. DBAs definitely need to learn new technologies and be less gruff about helping developers out.

Consistently, I see developers driving the use of cloud across the market (ask any vendor what their cloud stuff is use for and it typically amounts to delivering custom written applications: developers) which means DBAs need to start talking with developers more. The other important thing to realize is how much "traditional” IT exists out there now. I can’t figure out how to calculate it (yet) but I feel like we’re just scratching the surface of The Great Cloud Rewrite over the next 10 years in the enterprise space. That’s were DBAs have a strong hold and if they get cloud religion soon enough, they can set themselves up nicely.

DBAs actually have a wealth of knowledge and it’d be painful for developers to have to rediscover and learn all of that. That said, if all DBAs do is say “no, and it’s going to take 6 weeks,” they’ll be dead.

The plight of the DBA – Press Pass