Having a GUI tool like Enterprise Manager Cloud Control to manage your entire data center is an imperative for most enterprises these days. But in the cloud paradigm, you must also have a uniform API that can be used to tailor the cloud to your business processes and economic models. That API is known as the REST API, and services based on that are known as RESTful services.
With the latest release of Oracle Enterprise Manager, enhancements have been made to the REST API to facilitate the administration as well as the operational use of features in the Cloud Pack for Oracle Database. You are now able to fully automate the administration of your cloud assets. The REST API also facilitates the self-service model for private cloud, enabling you to fully automate the actual request and governance of database needs by a given Line of Business (LOB). Through the use of the REST API, you can streamline the process of delivering critically needed databases to the LOBs at a fraction of the current Operational Expenses (OPEX) cost. Some critical business benefits are as follows:
Standardization – With the implementation of the DBaaS REST API you will be able to reduce OPEX by standardizing the provisioning of databases in a fully automated fashion. A database request from different parts of your organization would be self-service and based on a standard build of the database specific to the binaries, structure and data.
Centralization – With the streamlining of database provisioning via the DBaaS REST API, you can centralize the overall management and lifecycle of the entire private cloud landscape and ensure that service levels are maintained.
Simplification – With a central and standard delivery model, you will also simplify the entire configuration landscape. This will reduce OPEX by way of reducing the number of Oracle Homes (OH) and databases being managed. Consolidation of OHs and databases will also contribute to a reduction in Capital Expense (CAPEX) by ensuring that you maximize the use of existing resources in a data center or ensure that pending purchases are fully used. Finally, the simplification and consolidation will also reduce CAPEX by reducing environments in the data center itself. This translates to reduced power, A/C and a reduction in real estate required to satisfy the business needs while ensuring that IT can provide the proper environments, maintaining world-class standards for the business.
Recently, the Enterprise Manager product management team has released a cookbook that is intended to provide direction and requirements for the execution of DBaaS specific to the use of the REST API provided with the Cloud Pack for Oracle Database. That cookbook is available on OTN. If you want more information on DBaaS, you can find white papers, demonstrations, case studies and more here.