What to expect at Oracle OpenWorld Europe 2020

Oracle OpenWorld Europe 2020 is fast approaching. The biggest event of the year for Oracle’s European community takes place in London on 12th and 13th February, with a huge range of sessions exploring the infinite possibilities of a data-driven world.

Looking through the diverse agenda, a few topics in particular stood out to us and got our team talking. Here are our thoughts on them.

Autonomous in the cloud

The big buzz word at this year’s event will undoubtedly be ‘autonomous’. We previously wrote about how Oracle’s focus in 2020 is expected to be on its Software as a Service (SaaS) and autonomous database products, and we expect to hear a lot about the benefits of hosting and managing databases in the cloud at OpenWorld.

Beyond the benefits which Oracle are likely to mention, we’ve found through experience with a number of our clients that it’s still beneficial to manage the database from a monitoring point of view to get the most out of going autonomous. It’s important to monitor databases on a deep enough level to get a full picture, as not every issue presents itself on the surface. The correct level of monitoring can also lead to cost savings.

Oracle & Microsoft come together

In June 2019, Oracle and Microsoft announced a cloud interoperability partnership enabling customers to migrate and run mission-critical enterprise workloads across Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud. This has largely been seen as a strategic move to challenge the predominance of AWS in the cloud market.

Nick Wallace from Microsoft is one of the featured speakers at OpenWorld and as experts in Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server with many clients who utilise both, we’re looking forward to hearing from him. His interactive session will explore how joint customers can benefit from this new distributed cloud deployment model, covering networking, unified identity, compatibility and support.

Oracle roadmap & support

As with every year, attendees will be expecting to hear the latest updates on the Oracle product roadmap, particularly the soon to be released Oracle 20c.

With the arrival of 20c, support for older versions has become a big talking point. It’s worth noting that there is no extended support available for Oracle 18c, encouraging users of previous versions to make the jump to Oracle 19c or later. 

We expect to hear about the enhancements to Multitenant architecture in 20c, where users can now make use of a limited number of pluggable databases without the need for a Multitenant licence. Another point which will have an impact on users who are upgrading is that single instance databases won’t be supported on 20c, only containers.

Recommended sessions

With such a vast array of sessions happening over the course of Oracle OpenWorld, it can be difficult to choose which ones to attend. As Xynomix is a key provider of Oracle Database Appliance within the UK, we’d recommend the following sessions:

We hope to see you at some of the sessions mentioned above and are looking forward to catching up with partners and clients at the event.