Inpher, Oracle & Sensitive Data Workloads: Generating Business Value from Stored Data

Inpher, Oracle & Sensitive Data Workloads: Generating Business Value from Stored Data


For close to a decade, we at Inpher have been working with organizations to establish the proper safeguards for complex data collaboration initiatives. Not just complex due to the size and scope of the data sets themselves, but in the complex balance act of maintaining privacy without sacrificing utility. Whether data sets are in house, cross borders or sitting on-premise, in a cloud, in multiple clouds and even hybrid scenarios – privacy and security is at the root of that complexity and having the proper technology, knowledge and partner is critical. In this blog we will explore one of those key partnerships for us at Inpher, Oracle. This relationship is unique and worth the journey it took to get it to where it is today.

So why is this partnership so meaningful, or more importantly, why does it have our entire team rallying around it? Well, that’s simple; Oracle has over 400,000 customers worldwide, and a whopping 25%+ market share in the relational database competitive landscape. To put that into perspective, for every four relational databases in use by enterprise organizations today, at least one is powered by Oracle. According to Veritas, the average enterprise database contains 10 petabytes of data. Considering Oracle’s widespread usage and market dominance, we can estimate that roughly ¼ of the 10 petabytes of data stored by the average enterprise could be managed using Oracle’s relational database solutions. This would imply that, on average, Oracle’s relational databases manage 2.5 petabytes of data across enterprises globally. When you have that much data at stake, customers relying on Oracle directly speaks to the trust and confidence that their users have in the company to manage their most sensitive data workloads. Inpher empowers organizations to generate value by operating collaboratively on exactly the type of data found in Oracle databases. Better yet, for those who have not fully migrated to the cloud, our XOR Platform can operate on that data without it ever having to leave those on-premise databases.

Our XOR Platform obviates the tradeoff between data utility and privacy. Inpher’s customers can run analytics on sensitive data without losing privacy, without transferring any data and without losing precision in the output of the analytics. In fact, our cryptographic computing architecture has become an indispensable solution for anyone who wants to future-proof their data compliance mandates while protecting their data’s intellectual property and personally identifiable information.

Through feedback, user experience, and just the realities of what it takes to store data today, we acknowledge that not everyone has, nor will make, the full leap to the cloud just yet. This is particularly true for clients with governance requirements and sensitive datasets, like our banking and government partners, who are prevented from moving all their data to the cloud. That’s why our partnership with Oracle is so important. Their Oracle Database solution holds enormous amounts of data on behalf of those clients on-premise. XOR Platform users who are building networks are not limited to just on-premise databases; they have the option of working with data in any cloud environment or in a hybrid network of on-premise and cloud databases. Data owners simply deploy a virtual machine to their respective environments and that is all that’s required to enable analytics.

This dominance is underscored by Forrester’s authoritative review of top cloud data warehouses in 2023, which highlights Oracle’s cloud data warehouse as having the broadest capabilities and a robust vision. The report specifically commends Oracle for its autonomous data warehouse, real-time analytics, in-database analytics, data access and protection, deployment options, and versatility across various use cases over other providers. The 2023 Forrester Wave report reinforces Oracle’s leadership position, awarding the company the highest score in the “current offering” category and the highest possible score in the “vision” criterion, solidifying Oracle’s standing as a pivotal force in the evolving landscape of cloud data warehouses

Over the past few years, we have found some of the strongest applications and potential for disruption is in the public sphere. We know that government partners have an increasing desire to collaborate with each other and with other governments on everything from intelligence sharing to generative AI. Oracle’s Government, Defense, and Intelligence (GDI) team in Virginia is uniquely poised to help accelerate adoption by these government agencies given their proximity, deep domain expertise and strong connections through their current implementations. Staying ahead of our nation’s friends and adversaries in machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities requires privacy-enhancing tools like XOR. The Biden administration is accelerating the adoption of dual-use cryptographic data privacy tools like XOR through its executive order on safe, secure, and trustworthy AI, along with its collaborative U.S. and U.K. innovation challenge in using privacy-enhancing technologies to tackle financial crimes and public health emergencies. With Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) accreditation for top secret missions, agencies can use XOR for high-side and low-side capabilities simultaneously and, in many cases, real-time.

If you are ready to jump in and get started on your journey towards generating more powerful insights from your data on the Oracle platform, we have made it very simple for you. Take a few minutes to watch this helpful video from my colleague Ignacio Queralt about how quick and easy it is to launch XOR. Afterwards, you can work your way through some real-world use cases in our free XOR Trial sandbox environment. Better yet, you can sign up on the Oracle Cloud Marketplace to start using our enterprise grade XOR Platform with no annual subscription commitment; all product listings provide a utilization pricing model and you are only charged when running operations on your data collaboration network.

As a rooted in ‘deep tech with enterprise agility’ startup, we know that our customers want an established brand as part of the conversation for their trusted data security needs. Since its founding in 1977, Oracle has delivered in growing their business across geographies, verticals, and business lines to become one of the global leaders in enterprise software and cloud computing. We look forward to seeing what innovations our customers bring to life by tapping into the broad database capabilities and many years of success that Oracle brings to the table.