Oracle today unfurled as standalone Autonomous JSON Database service that it will manage on behalf of developers that require a document database.
Gerald Venzl, a developer evangelist and distinguished product manager for Oracle, said the Autonomous JSON Database service is based on support for JSON data types that Oracle currently provides in its Autonomous Database service based on its relational database.
Priced at a quarter of Oracle Autonomous Database service, Oracle is also targeting rivals such as MongoDB by also pricing Autonomous JSON Database service at roughly 30% less than rival managed database service, Venzl noted.
In addition, because Autonomous JSON Database service is based on the same platform Oracle employs to deliver its Autonomous Database Service, developers can add support for a wide variety of other data types by upgrading to the Autonomous Database Service with a single click, added Venzl.
That approach provides developers with more flexibility should their data requirements change, or they simply initially chose the wrong type of database for their application, said Venzl.
Other capabilities provided by the Autonomous JSON Database include support for built-in machine learning algorithms and spatial queries; fine-grained access controls; a server-side procedural language; low-code development tools; support for ACID-compliant transactions with no time or transaction size limits, support for cross-collection joins and/or aggregations and a search index for JSON documents.
It’s not clear to what degree IT organizations will embrace managed database services. Oracle is making a case for managed database services that essentially eliminates the need to rely on database administrators to manage the infrastructure the database is deployed on as well as any upgrades made to the database itself.
Developers in recent years have embraced document databases in part because they are easier for them to provision. In most cases, developers download a document database that they at least initially manage themselves. The challenge IT organizations inevitably encounter is the number of document databases that need to be supported grows rapidly. Developers who are focused on building applications don’t always have the time required to manage fleets of databases.
Oracle is, of course, making a case of managing a variety of classes of databases. As enterprise applications continue to evolve in organizations the number of data types organizations are supporting continues to expand. A managed service focused on only one class of database may not be as appealing as a suite of managed service options.
Regardless of approach, it’s clear database management is getting more automated. The opportunity and challenge now are finding the best way to incorporate database management with a larger set of DevOps practices.