If you need a primer on the concept of what a ‘Converged Database’ is, I reccommend the following:

I’m including Juan’s talk here – it’s less than 5 minutes and worth the watch.

Oracle Trivia: Juan was behind the development of our Exadata product line.


I know, it should be TL/DW; (too long, didn’t watch).

Simpson’s Callback:
A wonderful, magical animal

But just in case you’re scanning this versus deep-reading, let me sum up. Instead of implementing multiple database technologies, one for each feature required (json documents, spatial, relational, media, text, etc.), you can instead take advantage of a single database management system that supports all of those, AND ALSO provides a single SQL interface.

In case you’re not already aware, we’re talking about Oracle Database!

A critical component for making a converged database viable, is having a single set of libraries, drivers, and APIs across all of the different types of data and workloads.

In addition to a single SQL engine, there is another another critical interface required: HTTP(S), or more specifically, REST via HTTP(S).

It’s not necessary for a developer to be fluent with SQL to take advantage of a database. If they can work with HTTP, then they can use an Oracle Database for it’s unrivaled performance, scalability, security, and general feature set.

Access all the things with ORDS REST APIs

Your core database developers or DBAs can easily leverage existing PL/SQL APIs or their SQL scripts to quickly deploy performant AND secure REST APIs for their development teams.

Let’s take a quick look at a few types of things you might want to take advantage of in an an Oracle Database.

JSON Document Store (SODA)? YES.

More on SODA.

Relational Data? YES.

No need for your application to run SQL, interact via standard HTTP(s) verbs.

Spatial? YES.

Both Spatial and Graph features are included at no additional cost with Oracle Database.

I’m admittedly a n00b when it comes to working with spatial data. But you know who isn’t? Friedhold Matz, an Oracle consultant in Germany has some pretty cool examples of what one can do with an Oracle Database, the right data, and programming skills.

CSV, XML, Media content? YES, YES, and YES!

Responses aren’t limited to {JSON}, rather only limited by what your SQL/PLSQL can muster!

Rich media, as well – PDFs, GIFs, MP4s, whatever content your browser or mobile apps can handle.

Rapid application development.

Cutting edge analytics and machine learning algorithms? That’s a BIG YES.

The interface to these algoithms and mathematical functions are available with native SQL and PL/SQL calls – the same SQL and PL/SQL you can use to power any REST API served up by ORDS with an Oracle Database.

I highly recommend you read Oracle ACE Director Brendan Tierney’s excellent overview of using REST APIs to take advantage of Machine Learning Models in Oracle Database.

Brendan makes it all very simple to understand and get going with a running start!

Remember the Core Mission of ORDS

Oracle REST Data Services (ORDS) – REST Enabling your Oracle Database.

No java or python to learn – built completely with SQL & PL/SQL. It’s HTTPS, so immediately available from all of your automation tasks, mobile apps, websites, and anything else that speaks the language of the Web.


I'm a Distinguished Product Manager at Oracle. My mission is to help you and your company be more efficient with our database tools.

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