Oracle 18c Database - Autonomous Database Cloud

Larry Ellison introduced the first Autonomous Database Cloud with Oracle Database 18c at Oracle OpenWorld 2017, which runs on EXADATA infrastructure. The Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud uses ground-breaking machine learning to eliminate the human labor associated with tuning, patching, updating and maintaining the database and includes the following capabilities

1. Self-Driving: Provides continuous adaptive performance tuning based on machine learning. Automatically upgrades and patches itself while running. Automatically applies security updates while running to protect against cyber-attacks.
2. Self-Scaling: Instantly resizes compute and storage without downtime. Cost savings are multiplied because Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud consumes less compute and storage than Amazon, with lower manual administration costs.
3. Self-Repairing: Provides automated protection from downtime. SLA guarantees 99.995 percent reliability and availability, which reduces costly planned and unplanned downtime to less than 30-minutes per year.

Following are the 10 key points Larry Ellison mentioned at Oracle OpenWorld 2017
1) This is the most important thing we’ve done in a long, long time.
2) The automation does everything. We can guarantee availability of 99.995 percent, less than 30 minutes of planned or unplanned downtime.
3) Amazon's best Oracle Database Service RDS is not true Elastic and Automated
4) Amazon’s guarantee doesn’t count when you’re down for any reason. It doesn’t include downtime or maintenance, or patching, and certainly doesn’t cover downtime if there’s a bug.
5) We guarantee your Amazon bill is cut in half – and that will be in your contract.
6) You’re automating away the job of database professionals. So we’ll see a migration of database skills to focus more on schema design, analytics and setting policies for what’s mission-critical. Database pros will have a lot more time to focus on securing data.
7) Autonomous Database Cloud usages dynamic elastic hardware allocation
8) Autonomous Database Cloud usages features like Exadata, RAC, ASM, Active Data Guard and Flashback Technology for System Failure, Patching, Upgarding, Regional Outage and User Error.
9) Database BOYL is introduced with Paas, and minimum configuration of 1 OCPU + 1 TB will cost 300$ per month with 30% discount with Monthly Dollar Volumn Commitment.
10) Oracle Database 18c with Autonomous cloud will be for Data-Warehouse from December 2017 and for OLTP from June 2018

Finally Larry Ellison compared different workload on Oracle and Amazon Cloud
Workload Type         Amazon-Time Amazon-Price Oracle-Time Oracle-Price
Financial Analysis         255s $0.23 34s $0.04
Retail Analysis         261s $0.23 35s $0.04
Insurance Analysis         282s $0.25 26s $0.03

My take on Oracle 18c Database with Autonomous Database Cloud:
It is good that Oracle is going to introduced features like these on cloud and I hope Oracle Cloud lives to the expectations and pricing. Oracle is going to give tough fight to Amazon for Cloud Space and I hope consumers will be the one who will get the benefits (features, service and low pricing).