Oracle Unveils Autonomous JSON DB for App Developers
- By John K. Waters
- August 19, 2020
Oracle recently announced the availability of a new JSON-only document database service for its "self-driving" Autonomous Database platform. The aptly named Autonomous JSON Database was designed to make it easy and cost-effective to build JSON-centric applications.
"Developers love JSON," said Oracle software developer and JSON maven Beda Hammerschmidt, in a blog post, "because it supports dynamic schemas, and hence, makes schema changes easy. Instead of normalizing data into a fixed relational schema with tables and columns, developers can use JSON documents to also gain agility on the data tier when making application changes."
Oracle didn't build the new JSON DB service from scratch, Hammerschmidt said. It was built on the Autonomous Database platform. "This service provisions new databases in minutes, scales up and down with no downtime to the application, patches databases online, takes automatic backups with point-in-time recovery, provides disaster-recovery capabilities, and has advanced security features," he said. "The goal of an autonomous database is zero administration, so that developers can spend more time on their application and less on setting up and managing a database."
In fact, Oracle is claiming that the Autonomous JSON Database provides all the core capabilities of MongoDB, and it's selling it for 30% less than comparable MongoDB Atlas configurations. The Autonomous JSON Database is elastic and does not rely on fixed hardware configurations, so users can choose the number of CPUs. And it's cost includes backup and simple connectivity to BI tools, both of which cost extra for MongoDB Atlas.
Because the Autonomous JSON Database is part of Oracle's Autonomous Database product family, it shares all the core features for automation, lifecycle management, security, availability, scalability, and elasticity with all other Autonomous Database services.
John K. Waters is the editor in chief of a number of Converge360.com sites, with a focus on high-end development, AI and future tech. He's been writing about cutting-edge technologies and culture of Silicon Valley for more than two decades, and he's written more than a dozen books. He also co-scripted the documentary film Silicon Valley: A 100 Year Renaissance, which aired on PBS. He can be reached at [email protected].