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Lesson 5 New Internet features
ObjectiveIdentify Cloud Computing Features.

What Is Your Cloud Computing Strategy?

Convinced that a business-as-usual approach will not get them where they want to be, companies are looking to cloud for a game-changing impact on their business. Beyond just lowering upfront costs, cloud promises to deliver greater agility and to free up resources so there is more focus on innovation. To get the agility and innovation you want, you need
  1. A cloud computing strategy that incorporates leading hardware and software solutions with a range of enterprise and industry applications
  2. Technology that will work with and enhance your existing IT environments
  3. A vendor with experienced professionals who can provide support no matter where you are in your deployment lifecycle
Unfortunately, just jumping on the cloud bandwagon is not enough. All cloud solutions are not created equal, and you could end up with less than optimal results.
Oracle's cloud offerings span public and private clouds and extend to every level of Oracle's broad product portfolio: applications, middleware, database, servers, storage, networking, and associated operating systems and virtualization software. Only Oracle provides industry-leading, enterprise-grade software, hardware, and services for all types of cloud deployments:
  1. public,
  2. private, and
  3. hybrid

along with the flexibility to migrate applications between types so you can choose the cloud strategy that works best for your business.

Internet features of the Oracle RDBMS

The i in Oracle stands for Internet, so naturally it includes many features in Oracle that enhance and streamline internet-to-database configurations. Take a look at the following diagram for a description of three new features and what they can do for your Internet applications.

  1. Every Oracle database has a Java Virtual Machine built into it. The JVM can deliver Web pages, applets, servlets, and other Java-based applications directly from within the database.
  2. The Internet File System (iFS) is a database-driven tool for managing files that are delivered to the Internet. It combines the high security of data stored inside the Oracle database with the convenience of files stored outside the database. It can be used in combination with JVM or other Oracle Web tools to deliver data to the Web
  3. The interMedia toolset provides a seamless integration of data stored in the database and delivered to the Web or to other tools, such as a graphics editor or an audio player. It stores data in standard LOB data types but allows specialized manipulations and searching based on the type of file. For example, GIF files can be searched for a particular color
Every Oracle database has a Java Virtual Machine built into it

DB Internet Tools
Later in this course you will find out more about these exciting tools and even more tools that Oracle has to offer.

Enterprise Manager for the Web

In addition to end-user tools, the Enterprise Manager, the developer and database administrator tool, has been improved and fully Java based. This means that the Enterprise Manager and all its accompanying toolsets can be run via a Web browser from anywhere on the Internet. Find out how to set it up for Web access in this course. The next lesson briefly describes the enhancements to password management for Oracle.